Facebook, LinkedIn, Digg, Twitter, StumbleUpon, MySpace. The list of social networking sites can go on and on. And today the fact is, that there is hardly any population that is left untouched or unaffected by such networking sites. The fact of the current scenario is that maximum usage of such social networking sites is the majority done by students.
While Facebook is a tool for connecting to and staying in contact with family members and friends, LinkedIn is a professional social media networking tool.
But let me remind you, You are what you share on your social profile. A lot of criticism has been steamrolled at social media and the effect it has on the way students process and retain information, as well as how distracting it can be. But what exactly you need to do with your social profile as well as what are some benefits of social media to students.
Read on to find out.
Make connections :
Social networking sites are a great way to make connections outside your limited world. Networking is an important aspect to make your career grow and allow yourself to expand your reach as a student. Be it getting an intern or making your social profile, networking sites come in way too handy. Look out for the veracity of an individual and approach using the site for your own benefit. But be sure to avoid any malicious or vice identities out there in the World Wide Web. So be wise and be careful!
Next time you decide to waste your time stalking a friend of friend, just think for a while. If you don’t find your course books or magazines to be your cup of tea, here you have an amazing tool invented exclusively for you. Like pages, reach out and join informative groups, follow discussions, post your ideas on such sites. Make your identity and explore the ingenious you. Share information more than funny cat videos and then you realize the power of social media!
Make your own brand:
Anyone who takes the time to explore LinkedIn can find opportunities to grow their business, gain worldwide publicity, land the perfect career, develop a network of referral partners, meet mentors who will take their career to the next level, locate investors for their ideas, and much more. Your LinkedIn profile can be your ticket to a variety of new professional opportunities like partnerships, jobs, mentorships, volunteering or new business.
On LinkedIn, you have complete control of how you want to be portrayed professionally to the world — whether it’s by showing how skilled you are in portfolio management. It’s easier than you may think to make your profile catch the eye of potential partners, employers and clients. Adding a new skill for your contacts to endorse, or updating your experience section rich visual content such as presentations, photos or videos, can help make your profile stand out. Create an outstanding personal profile and a professional resume out there.
Now this is the fun part. Obviously no one leaves this part and even beckon peers to follow the same if they are a user of such sites. Here I am talking about the most casual activities such as sharing pictures, liking, commenting, posting updates, sharing thoughts and feelings.
This is in no way related to making your professional profile but a way of letting the world know what genre of people you belong to. Repetitive display of your thoughts and feelings is bound to let others know the state of mind you share. Undoubtedly it improves your ability to access, analyse and learn from others.
So it’s time now to start analysing the way you use your social profiles and how much you benefit from them!
Catch out for my next few blogs up ready for you on some effective ways to use the social networking sites such as facebook, linkedIn, Twitter etc to your advantage.
HAPPY NETWORKING !