Professional Networking Sites and You

By: David T.

At a certain point in your career, you will be faced with options. The situation differs for everyone. It might be that you have a job you like, but have been offered one that is above and beyond what you could have imagined for yourself, although it comes with a personal sacrifice of some sort. For others who have found success in their field, it can be the choice of whether or not to leave a comfortable job for a risky one, or take a pay cut to have the job of your dreams. Taking a leap into the unknown to pursue your dreams can be every bit as challenging as working your way up slowly, and both have different potential rewards and penalties.

Fortunately, in today's world, many industries are much more connected than ever before. Using a professional networking website, you can begin making connections in your industry before you ever start sending out your resume in hopes of capturing that job you've been wanting for yourself. It works both ways, of course. Employers can also use professional networking sites to their advantage- getting their company name out there, looking at potential recruits, etc.

If you are going to use a professional, social networking website as your means to find new work, there are a few things that you should know first. One of the most important things to know is that you are going to need to find the right professional networking website for your industry. If doesn't do you any good to network if you aren't going to be interacting with potential employers and other contacts in your field.

Next, you need to take stock of how you want to present yourself. You should view your online profile on these sites as your resume. Don't put up anything that you don't want future employers to see. Do put up the things that will work in your favor, whether it's projects you've worked on in the past, awards you've won, positions you've held, etc. It shouldn't come off as bragging, simply a recapping of where you've been. Take advantage of the media uploads that the site allows to get examples of your work there for others to see.

Finally, keep a constant presence. Just because your job search hasn't begun or is going slower than you would like, you shouldn't abandon sites with potential usefulness to you. You might join in a discussion group in an effort to stay current with changes or events in your field. You could blog on your site, keeping it relevant to your field, and both informative and entertaining to those who read it. Finally, even if the contacts you are making aren't the kind that you want, don't underestimate their future potential value. You never know when that kind of contact might come in handy.

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