Boost Your Career With Networking
Are you trying to increase your current sales figures? Are you unhappy at your
current job and looking for a change? You may even be considering starting your
own business! Whatever challenge you may be facing now, you are likely to need
good connections with people willing to help you out.
Know that the bases of such connections are trust and respect and can only be
earned over time - so you need to build those connections as early as possible
in your career.
A few years ago, before the emergence of networking sites, the best way to
network and build valuable connections was rather random - either meeting people
through existing contacts or attend networking events. Nowadays, networking
sites are important tools that can help you expand your personal network. The
purpose of this article is to provide you with tips on how to use these sites effectively.
1. Do not limit yourself to business networking sites
There are two types of networking sites: social networking sites, which are
geared towards reuniting with old friends, keeping in touch with current
friends, meeting new people or dating, and business networking sites, which are
geared towards building the valuable business connections that you are looking
for. Some examples are:
Social networking sites:
Business networking sites:
The purpose of registering on networking sites is to get to know people before
meeting in person. Chances are, individuals who create profiles on business
networking sites also have profiles on social networking sites. Being able to
review both will give you a better understanding of who that person is and find
topics of conversation or common interests.
2. Create accounts on as many sites as possible
Networking sites are built around similar concepts, but they usually offer
different features. For example, Facebook is made up of separate networks based
around schools, companies or regions. On the other hand, MySpace enables users
to customize their profiles heavily with movies, music and other Medias.