Career networking sites

25 08 2011

Just a quick one.

I am a great fan of LinkedIn. As someone who loves redoing her resume, keeping it up to date (yes, my friends think I am diagnosable), I discovered this a while back. I like being able to maintain my resume in a different site (in case my computer crashes and dies). I have since assembled a great group of colleagues and former colleagues as my contacts list, and joined a number of groups.

I have to say I don’t really participate in the groups very much and hence I know I am not getting the most out of the site or the networking. If I had more time perhaps. I’ll put it on my “to do list” for when I have finished my current study (Dec 2011 – but who’s counting?).

As I work in a fairly mobile industry, I also love being able to keep up with my referees and their current contact details. I have recently upgraded from the free profile to one of the premium accounts – largely so I could see the full list of who was checking my profile!

However recently I have been invited to join two more similar sites.

Branchout is a Facebook App which seems to run a similar career profile function to LinkedIn. Now this is a problem for me, because, as per previous posting, I keep my career and social networking sites very (very) separate, and Facebook is designated as my social site. So my Branchout profile has become the intersection of the Venn Diagram of my career and social worlds, and I am proceeding cautiously. And part of my caution is because I am still not convinced this is going to offer me anything that LinkedIn doesn’t already. Do I need to maintain two parallel profiles? The jury is out.

Now I have also been invited to join About.me – I have to say I am not quite sure what to make of this. I have a minimal account at the moment with little details because it is not quite clear what this site’s purpose is and where it might fit in my life. It has to be said I don’t think I know many people on About.me yet so there are not many linkages, and perhaps that will make the difference.

Do you use Branchout of About.me ? and if so, how do you use it – what social media niche does it fill in your life? Or are these just wannabes?

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