As technology becomes more and more cutting edge, it is important for both employers and employees to use this to their advantage. Social networking websites have so much more to offer than only posting up pictures and connecting with friends. They have become the places to go if you want to find jobs, information, and other people in your field. When it comes to networking, you want to cover all your bases and get out there, so here are three digital tools for making connections.
QR Living is an up and coming company that is slowly on the rise to becoming more and more promising and popular. The concept is incredibly simple: use a real life bracelet to help people connect with you on the Internet. On the website, qrliving.com, you can purchase a bracelet that is linked to your online profile, which you can fill with all your personal and job information. Instead of handing out business cards with limited information, those with smart phones can simply scan your bracelet and immediately get all of your information. If you’re not a fan of the bracelet, then you can choose to place the decal on the back of your phone and it will still be able to be scanned there. As more and more people begin to use this website, it has the potential to become an incredible networking tool for professionals.
Facebook is the place to go when you want to reconnect with old friends, post pictures up from holiday parties, and let everyone know how you’re doing. When it comes to your professional life, however, LinkedIn is one of the best resources out there. It is often compared to Facebook because people can connect with each other and share different types of information—including resumes, writing samples, references, letters of recommendation, and specialties. LinkedIn allows you to connect with people in the same field as you, and you can also research different employers and their employee’s statistics and demographics. For example, when you research a company on this site, you will see their employees’ college majors, their locations, and their different types of work experience. LinkedIn has the potential to fortify your job search by making you interesting to employers and by giving them important information about your experience and desirable qualities.
If you’re an employer, a community, a group, or educators looking for a great customized website to spread the word about your company, attract potential employees, and connect current employees, Ning.com is the place to go. Here they will build you your very own website from scratch with built in features that link it to other forms of social media, like Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. Companies will benefit from this because their employees can network, keep in touch, and use various message boards, which boosts morale and strengthens the ties between those who work there. In addition, there are places specifically for work related content and other areas for office get-togethers and sports teams.