I don’t even remember what I was listening to, but they were talking about progress and the future. I’m sure it was social media related and how old habits continue to live on. As much as social media is taking … Continue reading
Years ago in college, I had to do this internship as an academic requirement in order for graduation. One of the important lessons from that experience was this idea of building bridges. My degree was in education, and the concept of bridging the gap or building bridges was the dominant metaphor that my internship advisor wanted to teach me. I quickly learned though that just because you build a bridge doesn’t mean that you’ve walked over it. We can build bridges all day and feel good about ourself, but never cross the bridge.
Social Networks and New Media is the same. You can become friends or fans and build bridges, but what are you going to do to connect. How are you going to connect with that person? How are you sharing your ideas and your content with them, and how are you going to allow them to connect with you.
Building a network (bridge) is good. Making connections make you great.
Do you have a LinkedIn.com profile. You can check mine out here. A good friend of mine told – who wasn’t all that into social networks or social media – decided to actually check out his linkedin profile to find a job. He was telling me that he was amazed to see the connections that he had – acquaintances that were directly connected with each other. One connection led to another. It was just friends reconnecting, and the story is quite amazing – he gets a job opportunity – a quite significant and substantial opportunity compared to the last job. It can work.
So to all of my students that had to develop a linkedin.com profile – keep working on it. Learn how to project your ideal self. Learn how to project a hire able self so when it’s time to get a job – you’ve already done the work. Let me know if you need help.