Social networking websites are free online services that allow you and all the people you know—and all the people they know—to connect with each other online. Using a social networking website can be a good way to stay in touch with part of your network.
Social networking websites allow you to:
- create a personal profile that functions like a home page
- post images, notes or articles to the people in your network who use the same site. You can also invite others to join your network
- receive news, messages and images from the people in your network and invitations to join other people’s networks
- contact a person you don’t know through someone you both know.
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Using a Social Networking Website
- Make sure your profile page and postings are appropriate. Future and current employers may be able to read your profile.
- If you’re currently employed, remember that your employer may access the website. Keep your work search confidential by asking your contacts for advice and information, not directly for work or job leads.
- If you’re not currently employed, tell your contacts you’re looking for work. Tell them about your skills and accomplishments.
- Join groups or networks on the website that reflect your interests, both professional and recreational, to expand your network.
- Use site features to support your work search, such as creating a professional profile, posting a resumé or tagging your skills using keywords.
- Change the privacy settings to control who has access to specific areas of your profile. It’s a good idea to allow only close friends to access your instant messaging (IM) and comment on your blog entries.
- Be a resource for the people in your network. Tell your contacts about opportunities or events that will interest them.