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

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 #3 for leveraging your online networking effort:

3. Use blogging to become even more immersed and connected in your field.

Blogging continues to grow in popularity… big companies have jumped on board, but even so the blogosphere is still a level playing field for young career mavericks. If you like to write, consider starting a blog as a means of making a name for yourself. Identify yourself as someone interested in and knowledgeable about your field. Or, make comments on someone else’s blog. Blogging is like passing out business cards… but instead, you're passing around ideas, inviting people to get to know you in a much more intellectually intimate way. Blogging also helps you keep learning about your field after college, and staying abreast of recent trends and developments. It will put you in touch with the important people in your field – and you never know – you may just land a job as a result!

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