Reading this article on Networking (http://www.boston.com/jobs/news/jobdoc/2010/07/networking_far_and_wide.html) – reminded me that there has been a recurring theme in many of my conversations over the last several days. I recently had a great conversation with one of my IAAP chapter mates. She basically called me out about my outreach efforts- my extracurricular activities through blogging (I”m guilty RIGHT NOW), Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. We’re both heavily involved in social media efforts to help us towards reaching personal career goals and we also use it to help tout our chapter milestones and events. Her concern was that I just may be spreading myself a bit too thin and in doing so, be headed for a burnout.
I really appreciated her concern. These days I just find the need to connect daily on at least one social media platform a vital part of my personal happiness. It’s more than just that.. it is a tool to help me quickly filter information to the key topics and areas that I find want to learn more about- and that perhaps I’ll never be able to pursue due to lack of funds or other constraints. I also learn from my social media peers about other tools and tricks that they use. It’s the (not-so) new form of networking. Networking in multiple formats -enables me to meet many people from all over the world, sharing ideas, asking questions.. sometimes trading barbs- but the benefit is that it stretches the traditional business connections of the administrative professional.
Whenever I am asked for assistance with a job search for a friend or even a family member- I strongly encourage them to get on LinkedIn and to create a Twitter account. Even if they never Tweet a message, they can follow the Tweets of probably hundreds of career advisors, resume writers and read the posts of peers within their LinkedIn career groups. They don’t have to participate in every form of social media, discussion groups or chamber of commerce. Just pick one or two, and give them a try.
Remember though.. the Internet is forever. If you don’t want to see your comments as a headline on the front of The Washington Post, you probably should not be typing it to post. But that’s another article for another day! See you on Twitter!..lol.