This is the second in a series of four posts regarding managing your career with the help of technology. I've chosen the title words very carefully as I wanted to talk about the life-long process of career management not to be confused with the job search process. Oh for sure, the job search process is a part of this but the management of your career should not start and stop with each job search you go through. I am eager to learn what has worked well for you. Please leave your comments and suggestions.
We've all learned that the 3 major keys to successful career management are networking, networking and networking. The good news is that technology can help in this. Technology can't replace personal face-to-face networking on a big scale but it can supplement it.
If you ask an arborist when the best time to plant a tree the stock answer is "10 years ago". Okay, so what's the second best time? - "Today". The same holds true for networking which is why it is so important to think of it as part of your on-going career management rather than the short period of a particular job search. And just like a tree growing your network takes time and you have to cultivate it and nurture it for it to prosper. I'll discuss in this and future posts how technology can help in this.
The first and most obvious technologies are the networking sites like LinkedIn and Facebook. These are designed for the purpose of making network connections. They allow you to keep track of our friends and associates and they also provide a way to connect with their friends and associates.