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Professional networking External link opens in a new window is connecting with multiple groups of people to make contacts. Networking online is popular and efficient because you can connect with people from any location. Connecting through social networking sites means finding out who your friends, family, and acquaintances know and helps to make connections.

Step 1: Create a social mediaSocial media within the professional realm is about
return on engagement and connecting with people. 
They key is to creating a community of users through
dialogue in a space that may not otherwise occurred
and they use the momentum built with your new audience
to connect them to your program.
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strategy
 for your organization's professional networking plan.

How do I to set up a networking page for my organization?

Before creating a networking group on any of the networking websites, you must first create a personal account. The person who will be responsible for maintaining the group should be the person who creates a personal account. You can make your personal account a professional account for your business by using your business name and a business email address.

Group pages should be created to represent the business rather than any one individual. They should display the business logo, a link to the business website, and professional discussions that may be started by the business or individual members of the group.

When providing discussion forums within group pages, it is essential to maintain them. Frequently check the discussions for questions, misunderstandings, and new ideas.

Discussion boards and message postings provide an opportunity for the organization to gain a better foreknowledge of potential employees as well as links to other candidates.

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How can I use Internet professional networking within job clubs?

Online Professional Networking creates opportunities to meet virtually on a regular basis or in addition to physical meetings. Members may correspond through open discussion boards where they can participate on their own time. Post a comment or question, and check in regularly to view any feedback. Be sure to respond to all questions and feedback or members will stop participating in discussions.

Events, such as career fairs, are easily created within networking websites. Invitations to events may be sent out virtually so RSVP’s may be tracked. All you have to do is create the event and then select from your list of contacts within the networking site to send out the virtual notice.

How can I use professional networking on the Internet to help customers find a job?

Networking is all about making connections. Perhaps you know of a business who is hiring. You also know someone who you think is ideal for the job based on past conversations with members of your networking group. You now have an opportunity to connect the business to the potential employee through your networking group. Perhaps no one in your networking group seems ideal for a particular job, but members of the group may know someone else who would be perfect. Within your group conversations, you will learn about different skills members possess. Linking with your members to connect people to employers is a promising way to find the right jobs for individuals.


Step 2:  Help individuals start professional networking.

How can customers’ personal information be kept safe?

Use credible websites. Learn more about how to determine website credibility. External link opens in a new window 

Using a spam

Mass mailing over the internet by sending promotional
messages to practically everyone whose email address
is known, without asking for anyone’s permission.

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A system for sending messages from one individual
to another via telecommunications links between computers
or terminals.

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assists in avoiding dangerous junk mail. Learn moreabout tips, tools, and when to take action to help alleviate unwanted e-mails in your inbox. External link opens in a new window

Keep virus protection updated. Learn more External link opens in a new window about taking basic precautions and using a few simple tools to protect your computer and your information from theft, misuse and destruction.

Focus your networking on making connections through familiar and trustworthy people. Learn more about staying safe External link opens in a new window.

What are employers looking for when they research an indivdual on the Internet?

Employers want to know as much as possible about potential employees. The majority of employers or human resources departments use Google External link opens in a new window or another search engine to find any information available on the Internet

The Internet is a vast computer network linking smaller
computer networks worldwide (usually prec. by the).
The Internet includes commercial, educational, governmental,
and other networks, all of which use the same set
of communications protocols.

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Employers may find your information in networking sites, message boards, blogs External link opens in a new window, videos and more.

Make sure information that you are providing over the Internet

The Internet is a vast computer network linking smaller
computer networks worldwide (usually prec. by the).
The Internet includes commercial, educational, governmental,
and other networks, all of which use the same set
of communications protocols.

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represents the image that you want to portray to potential employers

Businesses with jobs and employees that may or may
not be hiring.

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What can customers do to appeal to an employer through professional networking on the Internet?

Knowing that employers do search the Internet

The Internet is a vast computer network linking smaller
computer networks worldwide (usually prec. by the).
The Internet includes commercial, educational, governmental,
and other networks, all of which use the same set
of communications protocols.

Glossary - Link opens in a new window during the hiring process, it is important to keep communications professional. Thoroughly checking networking sites, past emails, message boards, and blogs for anything unprofessional will help the employers to focus on the positive aspects of potential employees.

Research yourself on the Internet. Use Google External link opens in a new window, Yahoo External link opens in a new window, or other search engines to find information related to your name on the Internet.

Make sure information that you are providing over the Internet represents the image that you want to portray to potential employers

Businesses with jobs and employees that may or may
not be hiring.

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Step 3: Connect employers to your organization's professional networking groups.

How can professional networking on the Internet help recruit potential employees?

Businesses may create their own networking groups within networking websites. When looking for employees, you may want to post discussions to find out what skills the members of your group have. If no one within your group meets the qualifications, use the connections you already have within the group to find out about friends and associates of the group members. Perhaps your group members may know someone who is right for the position you are trying to fill.

When recruiting people to join your group, start with everyone who works in your business and have them invite their friends, neighbors, and family members to join. It is always best to start professional networking with people you already know.

What can businesses do to appeal to and recruit appropriate potential employees?

Businesses may create their own networking groups within networking websites. When looking for employees, you may want to post discussions to find out what skills the members of your group have. If no one within your group meets the qualifications, use the connections you already have within the group to find out about friends and associates of the group members. Perhaps your group members may know someone who is right for the position you are trying to fill.

When recruiting people to join your group, start with everyone who works in your business and have them invite their friends, neighbors, and family members to join. It is always best to start professional networking with people you already know.

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