At some point during the span of your career, you will be faced with some important choices. It might be that you have a job you like, but have been offered one that's far beyond what you could have imagined, although it comes with some sort of personal sacrifice. The situation differs for everyone. For others who have found success in their field, it might be the choice of whether to leave a comfortable job to take the job of your dreams (and a paycut), or stay with what you know will sustain your family. Taking a leap into the unknown in pursuit of happiness and success can be every bit as trying as slowly climbing your way to the top. Luckily, there are some helpful, and inexpensive, resources out there that you should definitely take advantage of if you're serious about getting ahead.
Many industries and professions today are more connected than ever before. Using either a social networking website or a professional networking website, you can connect with other professionals in your industry before you ever start sending out your resume into oblivion in hopes of landing that job you've always wanted. As you can imagine, it works both ways--a professional networking website is not only a useful realm for people like you and me in search of work, it's also a venue for employers to find qualified additions to their staff. Business-savvy employers these days definitely know how to use professional networking sites to their advantage--giving them the pick of the best recruits out there.
If you are going to use some sort of social networking website as your means to find new work, you need to first decide how you want to present yourself. You should view your profile on these sites as your resume. Don't put up anything that you don't want future employers to see. Make sure to post things that will speak to your experience. Simply putting, "I'm a darn good painter," will not make someone want to hire or refer you. Whether it's projects you've worked on in the past, awards you've won, positions you've held, etc., post content that tastefully showcases your accomplishments. Though you certainly don't want to gloat, you do want to highlight reasons why people should hire you as opposed to one of your competitors.
Finally, don't give up if your job search hasn't panned out the way you would have liked. Maybe you need to use your professional social networking tools to be more interactive and "present" in the online community. No matter what, you should never abandon sites that could potentially be useful at a later time. Even if the contacts you are making don't seem to be helping to propel you ahead, don't underestimate their potential value in the future. Who knows--maybe if you scratch their back, they'll scratch yours!
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Written by Penelope Holiday. Professional social networking website that provides a forum for a social networking website. MyCrew.biz is a professional networking website for media and arts.
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