It's a fact that about 80% of new jobs come through direct networking. This stat just goes to prove that networking of any kind is very important to your success as a professional. No one will hire you, if they don’t know who you are!
Over the past few years there has been a boom of activity online centered on professional networking. Websites like LinkedIn have truly made the Internet a great place to network with others and build your connections with others, some even in other countries.
This part will help you to navigate through two of the options available for networking with others online.
Linkedin.com is a business-related social networking site. Founded in December 2002 and launched in May 2003, it is mainly used for professional networking with more than 100 million registered users. This is a great place to begin building your network. Once you signup for an account you’re instantly connected with people you know. Linkedin has an ingenious way of connecting you with people you “May Know”, but probably do know. All the magic is done through connections on Linkedin. They match you up with people who are connected with another person whom you’ve already added to your network.
Groups on Linkedin are a fantastic way to connect with those who are engaged in discussions about your field. Joining a group will put you in the mix and help you learn about job opportunities.
Another great way to use this website to your advantage is to check out your networks when you go to apply for a job. If you have the name of the person you are submitting information to, then see if they have a LinkedIn page. If you notice you and your potential employer have a connection in common then shot that person an email asking for a recommendation.
BranchOut.com is a new site that I stumbled upon about 12 hours ago. The website was founded in July 2010 by CEO Rick Marini and a team with deep experience in social media, online recruiting, and Facebook applications. The site is built around the premise of the old saying “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” By using this service you are almost guaranteed to learn of a current contact of yours who works in the same industry, position, or even office as you may want to be in. Below is an informative video of what the Branchout.com has to offer you!