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25 Jun 09 Make Social Networking Work For Your Career

Social networking is more popular today than ever before, with sites all over the internet to appeal to every interest you can imagine.  Most people just make use of social networking websites in their free time, purely for leisure purposes.  Whether pursuing an interest, or looking for conversation on the things that interest you.  Not everybody considers the professional implications social networking can have, and how you can make a website like Facebook, Myspace, or even Twitter work for your business in ways you can’t imagine.

Never underestimate the power of a social networking environment that facilitates other peers in your profession.  These types of sites can be incredibly influential for finding out the latest industry news, or important competitive information, like where the best jobs are currently, or which companies tend to care for their employees better.  As you can communicate with others in your professional field you’ll also find yourself making friend easier, and industry friends are always good to have, as that sells who you are to a broader audience.  Never forget, when you’re looking for a new job, you want your name out there as much as possible.

Professional social networking sites are also a great resource for any company looking to hire new talent.  Considering they give you the chance to make friends, meet new people, and really learn about them in an unbiased fashion.  From an individual’s online profile, to also participating in conversations with them, you get a real view of the person and what they could offer your company.  Opposed to the biased attitude anybody looking to get a job has in an interview.

So don’t underestimate the power of a good social networking site.  Probably something a bit more serious than Facebook or Myspace, as these aren’t exactly the best place to have a serious conversation with a stranger most times.  But something more geared towards industry professionals like yourself, or your company.

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