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Posted May 9, 2010 in LifeStyle | 0 Comments

NETWORKING 101

USING SOCIAL MEDIA TO BUILD YOUR NETWORK

Establishing and maintaining a network is invaluable. To get a job, to get recommended for a job, or to increase your client base at a job, having the right network will help you get there. But where do you start? YourKloset’s E helps you navigate the where’s and how’s of building and maintaining your network. In Part 1 of this series on networking, E discusses the places to start to build your network – on the internet.

SOCIAL MEDIA

We hear all the time about the power of social media – Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, the list goes on and on, with new sites coming out all the time to connect you with millions of members. Accessible and usually free, social media enables you to make the connection without the awkwardness. The trick is to find which site will work best for you.

For business purposes, this one’s my fave. It’s a great way to find people in your industry, from around the world. You basically list your resumé, and can even get recommendations from other members. There are tons of recruiters and top-level business people on it, and you can join groups of interest and see posted jobs.


On the other hand, my boyfriend (a sports radio host) is all about Twitter, which allows him to share his thoughts in 140 characters or less. It allows him to connect with his audience and fellow sports writers/enthusiasts/athletes even when he is not on air.


I don’t think this one needs any introduction. My issue with using Facebook for work purposes is that I find there is little separation between your personal and professional life, and to be honest, I’m not really sure that I want to share deets on my weekend with my boss…

Unfortunately for many, this exclusive networking site is invitation-only. With members around the globe, this site connects you to many prestigious members  – if you’re able to snag an invite.

And for a pretty comprehensive list of social networking sites click here.

As a word of warning, many people find internet networking sites to be depersonalizing. So use ‘em to make a connection, but then follow up with face-to-face meetings.

Stay tuned for Part 2 of this series on Networking, where E will discuss tricks to establish and maintain connections in your network.

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