IT Career Coach
Happy New Year to you. I am starting off the new year with a bonus gift in the form of a series of articles on "how to build or promote your professional network online, using the power of social media"
You have heard about the digital age or the information age. However you may not have heard the latest. We are now in a Conversational Age! The conversational age is an era of human development, where the sharing of conversations, information and social interactions between humans becomes the hallmark of human civilization.
The United States Elections: A recent example is the US Presidential Elections of 2008. President elect Barack Obama employed the power of online social networking to connect with his audience and win the presidential elections. Click here to read more about how President elect Barack Obama used online social networking.
Why should you care about building, expanding or promoting your career, skills and profile online using Social Media?
The simple answer is that online social networking is more a more effective, cheaper and faster way to network with other professionals than the more traditional or classic forms of networking.
What does the conversational age mean to you?
The era of mailing your resume during job hunts is dead! Emails, Cover Letters and Online Social Networks are in.
The age of waiting for a layoff before you make a career move is gone! Through your social network, you can learn about layoffs before they happen or get job lucrative offers without having to send your resume to anyone
The age of professional isolation is gone! To be valued by managers or peers, you need to constantly connect and share information, ideas or conversations with other professionals in your industry ... and you need to view your online social networking as key to your career advancement.
Here are some of the benefits of learning how to build your own social network:
You get job offers through your social network
You improve your skills by learning from other professionals
You build an online brand or become known to a wider circle of professionals
You monitor changes or news that affect your job or industry faster
You get promoted faster because your managers see you as a more valuable resource
You find it easier to get a job because you can prove to hiring managers that you are more passionate about your career than the average job seeker
You are seen as an expert, thought leader or a more senior professional in your industry
Now that I have established the value of building your own social network online, in the next set of articles, I will be presenting on "how to build your online social network using the following social media services":
And more ...
I would like some feedback from you. Please leave a comment below about "your favorite online social media tools and why or how you use it"