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Take Advantage of Online Networks

Some of the more popular online networks include LinkedIn, Spoke, Plaxo, FastPitch, Facebook, etc. Some might argue the business value of all of these networks but the fact is that business networks can be sources of information for you and about you. Build and manage a business network on LinkedIn, for example, and you'll be exposed to any number of the more than 60 million users worldwide. Build your profile strategically and you may be found by a recruiter who needs your skills. Be careful to only place information online that you won't want to retract at some later time. Some employers are asking their recruiters to study job candidates' online presence as part of the background check process. You wouldn't want a loose comment you made two years ago on Facebook when you were having a bad day to cost you a job today. Decide how you're going to use online business and social networks and stick to your strategy.

Perhaps you’ve been fortunate to have not lost a job in the past two years.  Whether you have lost a job or not, odds are good that you know someone who has.  Every professional needs a plan for finding employment and for staying employed.

Who would have thought that working for companies like General Motors, AIG or Citigroup could be risky?  Recent history has clearly shown that the nation’s largest companies are not necessarily the most stable companies one could choose for employment.

There was once a perception that working for the nation’s largest companies equaled career stability.  Today however, stability and opportunity can be found in a well-funded start-up as much as it can be found in the largest employers.

Jeff Snyder, the President of SecurityRecruiter.com, a search firm highly specialized in information security recruiting, tells us that technology professionals today must be more proactive to take control of their careers than at any other time in the past.  Technology professionals need to consider their personal stock value as they make education, certification, networking and career move decisions.

Personal stock value refers to the traits, skills, characteristics and experiences that make a person unique relative to their peers.  Let your technical skills become rusty relative to the skills the market is demanding and your personal stock value slips.  It is far more important today to build a marketable portfolio of skills, traits and professional experiences versus concentrating only on working for the “best” companies.

Many elements can cause one person to stand out over another person in the job search process.  Consider these 10 topics when thinking about how to build your personal stock value, how to network and how to increase your marketability.

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