Monday, February 09, 2009

Landed a job through online networking?

This week on my radio show, I'll be speaking with a man who has over 25,000 connections on networking site LinkedIn.com. In anticipation of the show, I wanted to hear from you in an informal survey:

1) Have you listed your professional profile on sites like LinkedIn.com?
2) Have you found a job using online networking?
3) Do you prefer online or in-person networking when it comes to landing a job?

Please comment on your answers to these questions and share your networking success stories.
Most jobs are still found through referral. If we can help each other network more effectively, we may very well thrive not just survive this recession!

For more information on how to work your network, visit http://www.maggiemistal.com/press.html for my advice quoted in The Boston Globe!

4 comments:

Allison Cheston said...

Hi Maggie.

I am a huge believer in LinkedIn and in online networking in general. As a career advisor, I always make sure my clients have a LinkedIn profile that reflects their skills and experience.

Personally I have had at least one client find me through LinkedIn.

I am also active on Facebook, although I consider that more friend networking. However, networking is the number one way people find jobs and it is typically not through your close friends and family, it is more often through connections that are two or three steps removed.

Therefore, job seekers should let everyone know they are looking for a job and should have a brief elevator speech (both oral and written) ready to share so that people can be specifically helpful.

craig said...

1) Have you listed your professional profile on sites like LinkedIn.com?
Yes, I am on LinkedIn.

2) Have you found a job using online networking?
Not yet, but I remain hopeful.

3) Do you prefer online or in-person networking when it comes to landing a job?
My Father passionately believed in the personal touch and from what I learned, nothing works better than 'face to face.' So I hope the internet connects me with writers, publishers, etc.. But I do expect I will need to meet in person to build the relationship.

Maggie Mistal said...

Great points Allison! And best of luck making connections Craig.

For those of you new to LinkedIn.com, they also have great learning center at http://learn.linkedin.com/.

Happy networking - remember we are all in this together!

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