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seven days to online networkingJ5502If you want to stay competitive in today’s job market, it is crucial to incorporate today’s social networking tools into your job search. Not necessarily to find more job postings (although that is certainly possible), but to connect and interact with people you might not ever have another opportunity to “know” online or meet in person.

I first meet Ellen Sautter and Diane Crompton, co-authors of the book, Seven Days to Online Networking, last April, and wrote about their presentation sharing some details from the book. I have since had the opportunity to get to know Ellen by attending a weekly networking event with her. Anyone looking forward to reading the book should know that Ellen really lives by the philosophy of helping job seekers connect and goes out of her way to be generous and helpful to anyone who requests her advice and assistance.

Ellen and Diane’s book really does cut down the clutter to help job seekers and others dive into social networking in a short amount of time. By first explaining WHY you would want to network with millions of people (!), exploring the issue of how to find the time and identifying the importance of social networking, they bring the reader to the “guts” of the book – How to Stand Out in the Cyberspace Crowd.

With a market flooded with profiles, blogs and digital dirt, can one person really make inroads and “be someone” online? The answer is yes – if you know what you are doing and how to get there! Ellen and Diane offer an easy to understand and digest tutorial to help even the most resistant networker join the fun online.

Readers will learn the “do’s and don’ts” of online networking, how to optimize their use of blogs (their own or others’), various professional networking sites to explore (such as XING and Ryze) and how to start thinking about a “webfolio” – information on a website identifying skills and accomplishments.

I highly recommend Seven Days to Online Networking to anyone who is overwhelmed at the prospect of jumping online, but recognizes how important it is for career success. WIN a copy! Leave a comment here and at my other blogs for a chance in a random drawing!

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  • A large number of Employers are using the social network for sourcing candidates directly. That even increases the necessity to be Present and Branded properly there.

    Ivan | http://www.jobsblog.ie
    .-= Ivan | Jobs Blog´s last blog ..Social Networks Vs Online Job Boards… =-.

    • Miriam Salpeter

      @ Ivan – Yes! They say that 80% of employers are sourcing on LinkedIn! Having a optimized profile is key to success! Thanks for stopping by!

  • It’s all about networking. Several years ago I got offered a job in a software company after spending some time on a related online forum, and making friends with other developers. No matter what field you are looking job for, networking will ALWAYS help you, and often in a very big way.

    I haven’t yet read this book, but I certainly will, just out of curiosity and to see if online networking (w/ job hunting in mind) can be done in a more systematic manner.

    This is such a good subject I intented to blog about it too 🙂
    .-= Eric Foerster´s last blog ..Career Advice: How To Find The Dream Job =-.

    • Miriam Salpeter

      @Eric – I’m glad to know that my blog inspired you to write about it as well! I’ll have to stop by your blog! 🙂

  • Good information, though probably applies a bit less to my area of working in the public schools…

    • Miriam Salpeter

      @Paul – I’d suggest that online networking is for everyone, no matter what your profession or interests! Thanks for stopping by!

  • Chris Johnson

    As much time as I have spent on Twitter it has helped to find opportunities for learning and advancing in my job search. LinkedIn has been great for expanding my network and connecting with old work colleagues who I lost contact with.

    Yet, I am really looking for a way to organize my Online Networking to move into more in person networking. Finding the time to do it all can be challenging. Trying to convince others that online networking is worth while too.

  • Miriam Salpeter

    Paul – You won! I left a message on your site to email me your mailing address. Hope you enjoy!

 

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