Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Using Professional Networking Tools Online

Professional networking is a very useful tool for anyone involved in a business or corporation. Online networks are available to allow people from various professions to connect on a professional scale. High ranking executives and sales people can all post professional profiles on networking websites. Some people may be surprised to find major heads of companies on networking sites that usually appeal to lower level workers within a company. Activision Bobby Kotick is an example of a successful executive that uses professional networking websites to connect with others.

Networking websites have very simple designs that allow people from any industry to make connections. A professional profile consists of a photo and a brief description of current job positions. A summary section allows users to write about their own professional background in depth. An experience section includes all previous job titles. A skills section lists all of the specialties of a user. Of course, a user's educational background is also featured on a professional profile in networking sites. Limited contact information is usually available on a profile page of a user. An email forwarding system automatically directs messages from a networking website to a user's personal email. Sometimes, users can also communicate with each other through the messaging features offered at the networking sites. Giving out phone numbers and addresses is usually not recommended on public profiles that can be viewed by anyone.

In the age of the internet, paper business cards seem a bit outdated. Executives and other successful business people can simply give out links to professional profiles on networking websites. These days, any business professional usually has internet access on Smartphones, and even regular mobile phones. Therefore, giving out "digital" business cards saves executives plenty of precious time in making introductions and explaining professional experience to potential business partners. In fact, some professional profiles can be downloaded in an app format. Such apps allow anyone to quickly view detailed information of an executive of business person without searching online and browsing through multiple web pages.

Professional networking sites also have very useful features for finding other workers that are employed in the same company of an executive. For example, the profile of an executive may have links or suggestions of other employees that work for the same company. Surely it is helpful for someone to view detailed information about the type of workers that are managed under a high ranking executive.

A professional profile on a networking website can also have some relevant personal information. For example, an executive may mention information about his family, such as wife and children. Such information can make an executive more favorable in the eyes of potential business partners or ordinary workers that may be interested in working for the executive's company. Additionally, a professional resume can also list any activities within charity organizations and other non business related ventures. For example, an executive may want to share information about his or her involvement in directing a local art gallery or museum. Similarly, many executives proudly share their affiliation with nonprofit organizations that focus on different causes such as medical research on cancer. Some professional networking sites also allow users to post personal videos that can be used as press releases to introduce high ranking executives and promote a particular brand.

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