Sunday, February 8, 2009

Social media networking

I know I don’t have to tell you because you’ve heard it a million times, but I suppose it bears repeating – you have to network to get a job! But knowing someone (or knowing someone who knows someone) is often the most important part of being able to find a job. Networking can potentially be a socially awkward situation (I don’t know about you, but I tend to feel so strange at those mixers), not to mention a forced face-to-face interaction.

With all of this social media waiting at your fingertips and the limited number of jobs out there, it’s time to put them to use for yourself. Sometimes the easiest people to get a hold of are fellow alumni – if nothing else, you have your alma mater in common which helps to break the ice. Plus there’s power in numbers; there are over 130,000 in the alumni community.

DePaul’s Alumni Association has their own Facebook page – and there are over 3,000 fans of it. There’s a launching point.

Not so keen on mixing business with Facebook pleasure yet? Try the more professional-geared LinkedIn, which also has a page devoted to the Alumni Association.

I’ll have more on networking with alumni in upcoming posts.

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