While Facebook may be nice for college students and even professionals, let’s face it: it’s not exactly the best place to show off our resume and skills. What many PR students do not know is that there is a whole world of social networking sites on the internet for professionals. Here are just a few to check out:
Linkedin is a site where you can create a profile for yourself, post your resume, and join networks, all while adding colleagues from work, former classmates, and other people that you may know. Linkedin works with the idea that you are never more than 6 people away from someone you may want to meet. With linkedin, you can “add someone to your network” which is sort of like “friending” somebody on Facebook. Once you have acquired friends, you can check out your friends connections…ohh your friend is friends with the head of that PR company you were interested in interning at! Well, with the simple click of a button, you can “get introduced through a connection” with that head of the PR company. Linkedin is nice because it lets you tell other professionals about your skills and the experience that you have gained.
Twitter is a service for people to stay connected with their friends and family by answering the question, “what are you doing.” You can stay connected via text messages to your cell phone, or an email sent to your inbox. Either way, at any given moment you can know what your friends are up to!
Blogging: You can make a blog pretty much anywhere on the internet nowadays, a few notable sites are: blogspot.com and wordpress.com. It doesn’t matter what you blog about. Blog about your life, current news, things you like or dislike. Getting yourself known on the internet may be important in the near future, and having a blog that you maintain regularly is an added bonus to your resume!