How to Use Social Networking To Boost Your Career

How Social Networking Can Help (or Hurt) Your Career

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Social networking can be an integral part of your job search or career building - if you use it correctly. If you don't, even information you consider private like a photo posted on Facebook or a random comment on Twitter, could cost you your job and unexpectedly damage your career.

Below are great resources to help you learn how to use social networking to boost your career. You'll also find tips on what you shouldn't do when it comes to social media and your career - and that's just as important as what you should do.

Using Social Networking To Boost (or Bust) Your Career

10 Reasons Social Media Should Rock Your World
Social media participation is an essential tool in networking with potential professional contacts, staying in touch with current and former contacts, recruiting employees, advancing your career, and keeping in touch with the world from Susan Heathfield.

How to Use Social Media to Boost Your Health Career
What is social media and how can it be optimized in the health care industry? Can social media help you find a medical job or help you advance your health career, or make your job more efficient? Learn more about using social media in the healthcare industry from Andrea Santiago.

Your After-Work Behavior Can Harm Your Job or Career
Your behavior after work can harm your job or career. Find out what things you should refrain from doing from Dawn Rosenberg McKay.

Using Social Networking in Your Internship Search
Social networking sites are great for keeping up with friends across the globe and can also be advantageous in the internship or job search.

Protecting Your Privacy Online
Although social networking sites offer many advantages to college students, they can also pose a threat to protecting an individual's privacy online.

Using Social Media in the IT Workplace
Should you be accessing Facebook or Twitter while on the job? Research suggests a good number of workplaces are actually banning employees from visiting social networking sites for any reason while on the job from Patricia Pickett.

Social Networking for Lawyers and Legal Professionals
Networking has always been key to building professional relationships and finding a job. The advent of web-based social media has taken networking a step further. A recent survey found that social networking has the potential to change the business and practice of law over the next five years. Here's more from Sally Kane.

The Best Social Networking Sites for Job Searching
Use these top social and professional networking sites to enhance your career and boost your job search, and learn how to use social networking sites to job search.

Using LinkedIn for Recommendations, Networking, and Recruiting

How to Use LinkedIn
How to use LinkedIn as part of your job search, including how to increase your visibility and connections, so employers and recruiters can find you.

Use LinkedIn for Recruiting Employees
Looking for a new job or to advance your career? LinkedIn is a critical career networking tool for today's savvy professionals. Here's how employers are using LinkedIn to develop relationships with and recruit potential employees from Susan Heathfield.

LinkedIn Tips for Healthcare Professionals
Whether you're new to the site or a long-time member, this article from Andrea Santiago will help you maximize your networking success on LinkedIn.

LinkedIn is an effective and user-friendly website for professional networking for job searching or career development.

Tips for Requesting LinkedIn Recommendations for Tech Job Seekers
When applying for a technical job - or any job, for that matter - that you found on LinkedIn, you may notice that the posting says "Applicants with recommendations are preferred." Here's how to ask for a recommendation from Patricia Pickett.

Resources for Using Facebook as a Professional

Facebook and Job Search Privacy Tips
If you are a Facebook user and are concerned about employers (or others) seeing the personal information that you have on Facebook, you can change your privacy settings so only certain people, like your friends or other students, can view your profile.

How to Use Twitter for Your Job Search and Business

Twitter Tips for Music Industry
Twitter has become more and more important to the music industry, but to get the most bang for your buck, you've got to be smart about how you use it.

This tips from Heather McDonald will help you maximize your Twitter success factor.

Twitter Job Search Tips
When you're seeking employment, Twitter can be an effective part of your job search strategy. Used in conjunction with LinkedIn, job search engines, and other job sites, Twitter can help you make connections, find job listings, and build a personal brand that will help boost your career and expedite your job search.