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Many of us belong to social networks, but most of us do not think of them in terms of business or work. There are a few social networks that focus on business and careers. Linkedin is one of those sites (and the most popular by far). Business social network sites are geared towards anyone who wants to build connections across business and industry contacts, regardless of career or industry.
The benefits of business social networks have been well proven. Business social network sites allow you to either reconnect or stay connected to current and past friends, college alumni, industry contacts, coworkers, and former colleagues. LinkedIn is a great place to leverage connections especially when trying to find a job (see 5 Tips for Creating a Professional LinkedIn Profile). What many job seekers do not realize that most of the popular social networks can also be leveraged as
Social Networks for
LinkedIn – According to Wikipedia, Linkedin is “a business- social networking site founded in December 2002 and launched in May 2003 mainly used for professional networking“. This site is the “gold standard” for business and career social networking. There were more than 500 million registered users across well over 100 industries on
Meettheboss – This site has not been around as long as I can tell and seems to be focused on Financial Services (a way to differentiate from other sites). One item I do not like is that it forces you to add your company website URL as part of the registration. Two issues with this. First, you may not want to advertise the company you work for, and second, what happens if your company is small and does not have a website (yes, there are still companies without websites!)? Unlike
Facebook.com – This is not a typo. Facebook is also a great site to help with your job search. Even though Facebook is mostly used as a general social network, 54% of employers leverage Facebook to find job candidates (see Using Facebook to Find Your Next Job). In fact, according to JobVite, 67% of job seekers who use social media for job search use Facebook as a resource. The best way to leverage Facebook for
Twitter.com – Who would have thought that Twitter could be leveraged for
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