The Internet offers a wealth of resources for the modern professional — whether you’re a job seeker or an actively employed guy or gal. The trick is knowing which resources can make your life a little easier so you don’t waste your time on the ones that can’t.
1- Simplify Scheduling
I’m willing to bet you’re familiar with the e-mail scheduling game — as in, when you and a contact send multiple e-mails back and forth, trying to figure out a good day and time to meet or chat. Then I discovered the following great scheduling tools:
2- Controlling Your Appearance in Search Results
Whether you are a job seeker or a seasoned professional, you are going to get googled at some point. So it’s better to be proactive in trying to manage what people will see about you then to wait for Google’s algorithm to decide to show your high-school prom pictures. These websites are a good start to managing your on line reputation.
3- Measuring Your Online Influence
Ever wonder how much influence your opinions have in the social media world? Find out by using one of these tools.
4- Conducting Salary Research
In order to better handle your salary negotiations, turn to these websites to do your salary research.
5- Organizing Your Online Life
Have you ever spent hours doing Internet research and then the next day have trouble recalling what website you found something on even after looking through your browser history?
6- Tracking Down In-Person Networking Events
Social media is great, but you can’t spend all your time in front of a computer (or with your fingers and eyes glued to your smartphone or iPad). Something can still be said for good-old-fashioned face-to-face networking.
7- Enhancing Your Social Networking Efforts
If you are a mid-level professional, then chances are you have hundreds, even thousands, of contacts and connections to manage. It’s hard to keep track of all of these people and you want to make sure you connect with them on a personal level. These sites will help you not just say organized.
8- Giving People a Place to Land
We live in a technology driven world and everyone is online, so you need to have an online landing page. A landing page is important to maintain throughout your career because it can be that central place to represent who you are online.
9- Pursuing Training Opportunities
One of the dangers of being unemployed is that you can fall behind on industry trends, skills, or training. You want your skills and knowledge to be as up to date and relevant as possible in order to remain competitive in the job market.
10- Demonstrating Your Expertise
A great way to show your expertise (and do a little online networking) is to participate in Q&A sites, sites where users ask the community a question and then others take a shot at answering it.