Networking Utilizing Social Media

How will multiple job offers impact your career? Since more jobs are secured through networking than all other job search methods combined, it only stands to reason that a strong commitment to networking will generate an increase in opportunities and the potential for multiple job offers. There are endless resources to network in person and it is important to respond to a social event with the same enthusiasm and vigour as a professional venue, as the potential for a successful lead could be as easily garnered from attending a social function as a professional one.

Social media is a term that may still cause an uneasy feeling for many but networking utilizing social media has become the most influential and effective resource available today! Although the potential to connect with millions of people has become an easy process, it is prudent to realize that the terminology, “it’s a small world” is still extremely applicable here. LinkedIn continues to be the number one professional networking site with over 80% of recruiters and HR professionals visiting this site to investigate or seek out potential candidates. As few as 160 connections on LinkedIn provides a link to over 4 million professionals and within that network, over 30,000 people joined within a 4 day period that spanned a weekend!

LinkedIn has over 65 million users, Twitter has over 100 million and Facebook is nearing 500 million users! There is no cost to create profiles on any of these sites or other sites such as Naymz, Plaxo or VisualCV, to name a few. Don’t miss out on the amazing networking opportunities available on these sites, which also include extensive information on companies, groups, discussions, events, news and more!

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