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Career Corner: Online Networking Tips for Young Career Opportunists Part I

In addition to in-person networking events, the web is the perfect place to meet professionals who are searching for your brand of talent. If you're nervous about networking, don't be. The internet is a great ice breaker and way for "shy networkers" to ease in slowly and get to know people over time. You can really make some strong professional bonds if you do it right.

Here is tip #1 for leveraging your online networking effort:

1. Participate on a regular basis.

You may be young, but if you have skills then you're just as valuable as anyone else who you may meet online… and in some cases, maybe even more so. As a newbie to the professional world, you're in a great position to find a mentor who can bring you into their circle and get you some needed contacts and professional experience. So jump in, be curious, talk to people, ask questions! Log in on a regular basis and just put it out there. Offering help to others can be a big boost to your career – so share what you know.

Here's to having a career you love,
Hallie Crawford
Atlanta Career Coach