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By Sergey Novoselov
September 11, 2009 in Job Networking

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Social Networking: Strong and Weak TiesGlobalization and a challenging business environment are changing the landscape of workforce and setting new requirements. It doesn't matter in what industry or occupation you are currently working or looking for a job, transformation is now necessary for you and your business.


Just think what kind of adopter has more job opportunities:

- Early Adopter: try new technology just to see what benefits it might offer.

- Regular Adopter: use the technology because a benefit has been demonstrated.

- Late Adopter: use the technology because everyone else is using it.

- Not Adopter: Won't adopt the technology until mandated.

 

The importance of early adoption of new technology is obvious. Many large to small organizations already use WEB 2.0 social networks and software to promote their business and increase productivity within the company. Job Sites utilize it to help you find a job. Statistics show that more than 70% of jobs are found and filled through networking. Social Networks and Social Software tools can help you in job search, as well as, to accomplish more once you get a job.


What is a Social Network?
A social network is a network of people. It is not about the directory of people, it is about relationships. The value is in the relationship or strong and weak ties between people and the reciprocal activity of giving and receiving.


What is Social Software?
Social Software is a collection of information and communication tools, integrated with a social network, which ties together our knowledge and relationships.


Think how often you connect with someone to coordinate, find and share information, exchange ideas, ask for advice, get an answer to a question or obtain another opinion. There is too much information to manage it by ourselves and we can get richer information from other people. Besides, sharing information proves your value (people can immediately see what you have to offer) and saves your own time (questions can be answered with a link to already-shared content) and everybody's time (visibility of each other cuts down on additional communication and misunderstandings).


The benefits of networking are significant to the individual, as well as, the organization. Encouraging smarter collaboration and unlocking enormous value from people and business processes, they foster innovations through broad participation and deep insightful relationship. Let's see an example where each employee saves 10 min a day searching for information. If your company has 10,000 employees, it will transform to more than 30,000 hours per month and potentially millions of dollars savings for the company.


Now we know all the benefits of Social Networks and Social Software and can start learning how we can utilize them. Stay tuned for the next article to learn about different ways to share.

 

 


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