Use the New Year as an opportunity to re-establish lost relationships and reacquaint yourself with people from your past; and one of these people just might be the person who will furnish you with the lead or introduction you’re eagerly waiting.
So here are some suggestions:
1: If you’re not already on LinkedIn, sign up today! Next make sure your profile is fully completed and you upload a picture (headshot preferred) that conveys the proper professional image you want to make.
2: Then spend 2-3 hours a day (or more) on LinkedIn for the next 3 weeks looking for people, companies and jobs. Set a goal to find 10 people a day you knew but lost contact with and send them a personalized invite to link up. It cannot be generic, and should also include a request on how you can help them.
3: At the same time find at least 2 people every day on LinkedIn who know you well enough to recommend you. You can start with the people you are connected to and then find new people. Set a goal of 20 recommendations between today and January 1, 2012.
4: Look up companies on LinkedIn and see who works or worked there and connect with them as well.
5: Send personalized greetings to your contacts by December 15th at the latest. Then follow up with them if they don’t contact you first.
6: Join your School/College/University groups to connect with classmates and alumni