As a rule to success, effective networking is a key people skill you must learn as you climb the corporate ladder. While nothing beats the real life experience of meeting new people and getting to know them, there are now many online sites that simplify this for you. As Hong Kong’s leading online job portal, SmartJob.com has some great social media networking advice for you to follow.
LinkedIn is considered the Holy Grail of professional networking online. It is no longer just nice to have a LinkedIn profile; not having a complete profile can put you at risk of being ignored by potential recruiters and employers. Many of your colleagues past and present have a profile on the platform, and connecting to them opens up their connections to you. Build your LinkedIn empire tactfully and professionally with the help of SmartJob.com.
Although Facebook is quite the “social” website, joining the right Facebook groups with members from your industry or profession will be well worth the effort. Most of these “honeypots” are invite-only groups, so work on those relationships and get clued in. A great way to start is by joining social media events in your area and to get to know digital influencers. SmartJob.com also lists great professional smartevents to further help your networking.
Twitter and Sina Weibo make networking easy. Since messages are public, you can join any ongoing conversations and meet like-minded people. Following hashtags is the easiest way to get started. You can also follow SmartJob.com to meet other local professionals like you!
The key to success network online is to bring your relationship offline and nurture it in real life. Having a digital life certainly makes connecting with like-minded professional easier, but nothing beats a firm handshake and a smile.
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