Widen Your Net
- In addition to LinkedIn, consider signing up for platforms like Ryze and Gadball, too. Ryze users organize themselves by interests, location, and current and past employers. Members get a free profile page where they list hobbies, previous jobs, and future career interests, and they can contact one another by sending private messages or by leaving notes in a guest book area on each page. GadBall, a LinkedIn alternative with over a million job postings, features career assessments and informational videos, and offers free job postings to all employers and recruiters. GadBall has also built integrations with other websites, including Facebook and Twitter, to help you share your profile and career expertise to a wider audience. Check out this Lifewire post for more on social networks for business.
- Spend some time reaching out on various forums such as Meetup, Twitter, and Reddit. Reddit is a social sharing website divided into thousands of smaller communities called subreddits, and it is made up of very strong and smart communities of people who discuss topics they love while sharing links, photos, and videos. This article on MakeUseOf.com offers easy-to-follow guideline for joining and participating in Reddit communities. Meetup, which has 49 million registered and 230,000 organizers, is an effective platform for finding and building local communities that allows users to organize both virtual and in-person get-togethers with people who share similar hobbies and work interests. Meetup can easily be used to extend professional reach and raise your personal visibility, and it is particularly effective if you are hoping to connect with small businesses or those in narrow markets.