While you can network in person, another great way to make connections is networking online. Online networking allows you to connect with numerous individuals who are interested in gathering and sharing first-hand information and experiences. It is another way to build and connect with your network. Some online networks include:
When networking online, it is important to maintain a professional presence. LinkedIn, a professional networking site, is a great way to create your professional online identity. Register with LinkedIn and join the CEHD Student and Alumni LinkedIn Group. CEHD alumni are an excellent source of information and they are excited to connect with current students.
The first step in creating a positive online identity is determining what is already out there about you and evaluating the content.
Now that you’ve evaluated and cleaned-up your online presence the next step is building a positive online identity that promotes your personal brand and allows potential employers and recruiters to find you.
The major social networking sites LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter generally zoom up the Google rankings and will likely appear on the first page of results when someone searches on your name.
It is important to continuously monitor your online identity to be certain all online content is positive and supports your personal brand.
LinkedIn is an excellent resource to expand your online professional network. Below are links to videos from LinkedIn that will help you fully utilize the website for networking and your job search.
This resource provides easy access to entry-level jobs and internships at some of the best companies worldwide.