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5 Ways Social Networking Can Help Your Career


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Online Profiles and Resumes Are Always On
Social networking sites keep your information in front of people no matter when or from where they log in.
Social networking sites keep your information in front of people no matter when or from where they log in.
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One of the advantages of the Internet is that it's always on. This means that you can post your professional skills and experience, and make that information available to people anywhere, anytime. It also means that you can search for information about others, both in and out of your social network, when you need to.

Since the Internet began replacing the newspaper classifieds, professionals have been posting their profiles, resumes and portfolios online. You can do this too, though you'll need to make sure the content looks professional. You should use a businesslike domain and e-mail address, avoid distracting graphics that detract from the professional look of the content and use a hosting service that doesn't put ads on your page. This approach gives you a lot of control, but it also leaves you responsible for promoting the site to your social network.

Social networking Web sites like LinkedIn are filling in where these personal Web sites leave off. LinkedIn lets you create a free, detailed professional profile, including uploading files like a resume or portfolio. Plus, it helps you find and stay connected to colleagues and friends who may be in your offline social network. Social networking Web sites are a great way to communicate to your social network that you have a job opening you need to fill or that you're making your own career moves.

Regular updates to social networking Web sites are just one way to use the next timely social networking tip.


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