Networking! That is the theme of this week’s Career Corner. Networking is probably the oldest piece of career advice that we are given however, how many of actually do it and do it well! I know its hard. I mean really…after working all day who really wants to go out and network?!?!?!? YOU DO that’s WHO! Networking comes in many different forms but face to face is still the best. But for whatever reason if face to face is not possible try putting technology to work for you.
This is not new information. In previous Career Corners I highlighted the benefits of social media for career development but a little repetition never hurts. Below are four options to get your started:
1. LinkedIn – Create a profile; follow companies; subscribe to groups in your field; grow your connections
2. Twitter – Think of this as micro-blogging; follow a company; find and follow relevant people in your field
3. Facebook – Create a professional Facebook that is separate from the one you post pictures from your latest adventures
4. Blogging – Start a blog that is an expansion of your resume; you can how to articles on your field; blogging demonstrates your knowledge about a particular area
When you are ready for some face to face interaction a good place to start are the affinity groups!
Interesting Articles and Reports
Avoid the ‘Brogrammer’ Bias – Though this article is looking at gender bias in the tech field it has some good information about that can applied to many of our biases and how they may play out in the workplace. http://smsepub.com/
61% of company’s surveyed in the Forbes 2011 study titled “Fostering Innovation Through a Diverse Workforce” indicated that Employee resource/networking groups is the number three way to develop diverse or inclusive talent. For the complete report visit http://images.forbes.com/