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Key Social Networking and Bookmarking Sites for Job-Seekers

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A collection of key Web 2.0 and social media tools for job-seekers that include social networking and social bookmarking sites where you can build and manage your digital career presence.

by Katharine Hansen, Ph.D located at Quintessential Careers::Your career site Today, Tomorrow, Always. -- a key social networking site for professionals from around the world, currently with more than 20 million members; a site in which you can promote your site and what you do, develop relationships with other professionals, and ask and answer questions. -- a social networking site that started out as a community just for college students but has now expanded to include everyone. The site is basically a social utility that connects people with friends and others who work, study, and live around them; it's a site in which you can promote what you're doing, keep up with friends, upload an unlimited number of photos, share links and videos, and learn more about the people your friends meet. -- is a social networking site that consists of worldwide community of users who share information, photos, videos, music, and more. You could decide whether to create a personal MySpace profile or develop one for your business. Once you develop your page, you start finding and requesting others to be part of your network. -- a social bookmarking site started by marketing guru Seth Godin, this site gives users a chance to showcase expertise in one or more areas by creating knowledge pages, called lenses, and the person creating each lens is, of course, called a lensmaster. Using this site gives you a chance to showcase your knowledge and link and promote your site. -- is a social bookmarking site that consists of a fairly large community (5+ million) in which people share their Website likes and dislikes with other members of the community. When you become a member you build a profile of your activities and interests and can find others with similar profiles. In some ways, this site is like a personalized search engine, but instead of pages and pages of potentially useless results, users get results that have been approved by the community. Definitely a place in which you want to promote your site. -- is a social news sharing for people to discover and share content from anywhere on the web. The process begins when a member of the community refers something (a Website, blog entry, podcast, video, etc.) to the community. Others in the community then rate the entry with -- think of this social bookmarking site as simply sharing your personal bookmarks with an entire community of other people -- and where you can see what sites other people are bookmarking. Using this site allows portability -- so you can always find your favorite sites no matter where you are or what computer you're using, but it's also a chance to bookmark your own pages so that others in the community can find them.

Remember that if you plan to incorporate some of these social media sites into your Career strategy you must set aside time to stay active on these sites- actually becoming a part of the community.

Do's and Don'ts of Discussion Group Networking Etiquette

by Katharine Hansen, Ph.D located at Quintessential Careers::Your career site Today, Tomorrow, Always.

Online discussion groups can be a great source of inspiration and information for you, a great place to build your network of contacts -- or, it can be a place where you are trashed (a practice called flaming) and dumped from the list for improperly following the list's guidelines. To have the best chance of online discussion group networking success, please follow these guidelines: