Monday, May 26, 2014

Ways for Admins to Network Online

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Networking is a critical part of getting and staying gainfully employed as an administrative professional. In this day and age there are two ways to network with other professionals and prospective employers--online and face-to-face. Master both for the best chances of success, but focus on online networking to reach a greater audience.

Use Facebook

Facebook is for more than just catching up with old high school friends. You can use Facebook to interact with other professionals, as well. Make sure that your default photo is a professional, clear picture that shows what you really look like. Stay away from pictures of you drinking or partying with friends. Also, share relevant information online, such as tips and tricks for other administrative professionals.

Use LinkedIn

LinkedIn is another great way for administrative professionals to network online. This can be a really great tool for networking for all types of professionals, so you can reach out to people in all different walks of their professional careers. My favorite thing about LinkedIn is your ability to put up a cyber resume of sorts. You can even reach out to others with questions, ask for recommendations or share resources. The more sharing you do with others, the more highly regarded you will be--a LinkedIn authority, of sorts.

Follow Up Online

When you meet people at work, job fairs, social functions and other places that you are interested in networking with, follow up on the face-to-face meeting by reaching out to them through their social media networks. This is a great way to keep in touch and stay up to date on new opportunities, trends and other things.

A Few Tips

There are a few things you should keep in mind if you are new to social media and social networking. First off, make sure that you fill in all required fields in their entirety. Use a professional picture, and make sure that it is one that shows what you really look like. If somebody isn't sure what your last name is, you want them to be able to recognize your photograph. Also, keep it professional. If you have a personal Facebook profile, consider opening another account for the more professional-oriented posts, pictures, news and recommendations.

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