Get referrals. Networking is all about who you know and who those people know. If there is someone in LinkedIn that you would like to meet, ask a mutual acquaintance for an introduction.
Gain connections from conference attendees. When you meet new acquaintances at a conference that you attend as a student, chances are you do not have a business card to share. Nor do other students. LinkedIn is the perfect place to maintain a connection to those people once you have returned back to school.
Remember personalize your invitation request (Read Challenge Day 9)
As people start accepting your connection requests, you can then look at their contacts to find even more people with whom to connect. Also see what groups your LinkedIn Connections belong to. If any of them are interesting and relevant, go ahead and join! Your connections are a great way to find out about groups, and continue to grow your network.
LinkedIn just lunged a brand new feature http://www.linkedin.com/people/pymk This is a new great way to help you expand your network.
Coming up Day 11- Maximizing LinkedIn -Researching companies