WBEZ | BrightFuse http://www.wbez.org/tags/brightfuse Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Are you there, LinkedIn? It&#039;s me, the Aspiring Professional. http://www.wbez.org/ssargent/2009/04/are-you-there-linkedin-its-me-aspiring-professional/7309 <p><p>Every recruiter, consultant and job expert says the same thing: Maximize networking sites!</p> <p>Whether it's Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, <a href="http://www.brightfuse.com/" target="_blank">BrightFuse</a> or MySpace, put up your resume and connect with prospective employers and like-minded professionals. If you already have a job, do the same; head hunters troll sites like LinkedIn looking for talent (a friend of mine was contacted by a recruiter after he saw her profile).</p> <p><a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/columnists/chi-wailinwong,0,7614121.columnist" target="_blank">Wailin Wong</a>, who writes the Chicago Tribune's Digital Life column, could not agree more. In <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/columnists/chi-thu-digital-life-legal-netwoapr09,0,247556.column" target="_blank">her article today</a>, Wong praises the virtues of professional networking sites. She mentions the traditional avenues--like those listed above--and also draws attention to the demand for industry-specific sites. She notes that there are already social networks organized around specific industries including law, information technology and the airlines.</p> <p>During our coffeehouse last month, many of you expressed an interest in gathering with other individuals in your specific field. This could be a way to do it. If you're a lawyer, an aspiring lawyer or an out-of-work lawyer, the LexisNexis-run <a href="http://www.martindale.com/" target="_blank">Martindale-Hubbell</a> can help you find other lawyers in your area. I can't be certain what's out there for other fields, but it would definitely be worth your time to find out.</p></p> Thu, 09 Apr 2009 09:23:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/ssargent/2009/04/are-you-there-linkedin-its-me-aspiring-professional/7309