Exploring your career options after graduation? Find out how social media can help you.

The following is a list of social networking sites that are used by professionals in a variety of fields.  Because many of the sites will not match the necessary criteria for academic research you should NOT complete assignments using these sites, but these sites can serve as efficient resources to find pathways into your career as you continue through college and after graduation.

LinkedIn

What is it and what should I use it for?

LinkedIn is the most popular career networking website.  It is useful for showcasing your experience and finding professional organizations and associations relevant to your field.

Where is it?

www.linkedin.com

How do I use it?

You will need to create an account before you can access content on this site.  To find associations select the ‘Groups’  tab, then under the ‘Groups directory’ do a keyword search (on the left) for your career.  You can also try searching the ‘People’ section for your major to see what sorts of job titles people with your major have.

Twitter

What is it and what should I use it for?

Twitter is popular among professionals and for personal use.  It is called a ‘microblogging’ site because it allows short posts of content.  People will often share links and tweet at conferences.

Where is it?

www.twitter.com

How do I use it?

While you can begin searching on the Twitter website itself, there are many efficient tools that are designed to help with the discovery of Twitter content, such as TweetDeck, HooteSuite, or TweetTabs.  For an example of how this works, go to http://tweettabs.com and search in the upper right by adding a ‘hashtag’ before the name of your career (e.g. #socialworker).  The hashtag (#) makes that term hyperlinked to other information with the same tag.  This is a user-driven way for people to tag and find content by category.

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