Thursday, October 1, 2009

Social Networking Sites vs. Professional Networking Sites

Professional Networking sites such as Linkedin and VisualCv offer many people the option of seeing what type of person you are by looking at your resume and the things that you have accomplished in your experiences as an employee. You can post professional pictures or share the types of awards or certifications that you have earned. It is a great way to make yourself known to potential employers. When you use a professional networking site all sorts of opportunities could come your way. Someone could be looking for an employee and like what they see on your page. The next thing you know you have a job opportunity knocking at your door. I think that it pays to have a Professional Networking site that you visit and update regularly because you never know what may come of it.

Social Networking sites such as MySpace, Facebook and Twiiter have no real value, in my opinion. They are there to let you relax and have fun with your friends. It is a great way to keep in touch with friends that have moved away or friends that you can't see very often. The down side of Social Networking sites is that you never know what may come back to bite you. One of the most valuable things on a Social Networking site is to keep your profile private. You do not want a potential employer finding you partying it up with friends. I do not think you should post anything questionable on a Social networking site. You have to think about your actions before you display them for the world to see. One good example of what not to do is Miss Nevada Katie Rees. She was dethroned because of sexually explicit pictures. Did she not know that they would eventually get out?

Keep your private life, private Share things that might hurt you
Be professional Act crazy
Be calm and collected Bring drama in your life

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