It’s no secret that networking online can lead to real life opportunities. The Houston recruiters at Murray Resources have compiled a list of six networking websites that do a particularly good job of facilitating the transition from on-screen compatibility to in-person connections.
If you’re a job hunter and trying to broaden your network, consider using these sites to find networking events and other opportunities in your area:
MeetUp.com is an excellent resource for anyone looking to make new contacts. Free to join, this website allows you to connect with people of similar interests and to find a wide variety of networking events in your area. Rather than having to keep up with specific businesses, MeetUp lists all of your local events in one convenient spot, so you’ll never miss a networking opportunity.
As the name implies, LunchMeet is a smart-phone app that allows users to setup lunch meetings with members of the LinkedIn network. Users can download the app for free and then post their availability. The app will then search for professionals in their area who may be able to meet you for lunch. The app is a great resource for making new contacts, learning about different industries, and perhaps even finding out who may be hiring in your area.
With over 600,000 users, Ryze is a site that allows users to build a networking-oriented profile that showcases their talents and connects them with professionals from all over the country. Users must apply through Ryze’s website to become a member, theoretically ensuring that only top talent will be found on their site. If you work in a high-tech industry, this site is a particularly powerful networking resource.
Brazen Careerist was originally created for college students and others just starting out in business. The site is run by a popular blogger who posts helpful content about working and finding work in today’s economy. The Houston recruiters at Murray Resources have linked to articles from the site from our own company blog.
BranchOut is a smart-phone app that visitors to Facebook can use to look for potential job listings at companies where their friends work. The app can help users find out whom they know that can put a good word in for them at the hiring company.
Meteor is another app that uses social networking platforms to search for networking opportunities. The app connects to a user’s Facebook or LinkedIn account and gives them recommendations based on their network and interests.
With online networking being such a significant part of today’s job search, we hope these websites are useful in expanding your networking opportunities while helping you bridge the gap between the web and the real world.
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