Connecting with other people over business interests which could include job leads, sales leads, joint ventures or other arrangements for doing business together.

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How to get across on LinkedIn that I absolutely enjoy, and am committed to, my company?

I work in a non-client-facing role and only occasionally interact with suppliers/vendors and consultants. Generally I feel that my professional network is very small and thus I want to get to know ...
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What is a professional way to stay in touch?

I am just about to finish an under graduate work placement that I have been on for the last few months. During my time I have been working on a project with someone as a supervisor (he was not my line ...
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LinkedIn connection type for someone you've interviewed

I recently interviewed someone, and was suitably impressed. I want to connect on LinkedIn (the interview process is not complete yet), but am stumped by 'How do you know' connect options: Is he ...
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How to search and network for jobs in a very niche specialization? [closed]

I have always followed official procedures (application, recruiters) when looking for new jobs, but I often hear - also on this forum - that the best vacancies are found through networking. This might ...
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Why is that in some companies being above-average efficient is considered “out of place” or weird? [closed]

I just started working for a big, international company that has branches in every state. I am in the Italian one. It's my first job after leaving school. In the past months my job consisted of ...
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How can I professionally refuse the publication of group photos on social networks?

In my scientific research group, my professor tries to create a very social atmosphere between each of our members. For example, the group goes on a yearly retreat or meets up in order to watch big ...
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Should I attend a job fair even if I'm not currently looking for a new job?

I was recently sent an invitation to a local job fair. I am always interested to find out what companies are out there and what they are doing, so I am tempted to sign up for it. My thought is that it ...
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What's the difference between networking on your own vs at an MBA program? [closed]

An alleged advantage of an MBA over other (often cheaper) postgraduate management education options is that it offers an opportunity to network. In case I am already good at networking, go to many ...
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What's the best way to learn about the company and how it works, as an employee?

Over the last few years I've worked in a number of companies as a software developer, with industries ranging from manufacturing to banking and finance. Unfortunately, it seems that I haven't ...
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How do I tell a colleague that I don't want to add him to Facebook?

I consider Facebook to have information that is personal and that I only share with close friends and family. However, in my new workplace I’ve been asked several times for my Facebook username and/or ...
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How to get the most out of my internship? [closed]

So my internship as a software developer at a financial firm in San Francisco is coming up soon. I just wanted to get a few pointers on how to get the most out of it. First, how do I go about asking ...
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Impact of not having social network account during a job change. [closed]

I am a 22 year old software developer and I do not have a Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn account and I have never felt the need of having one, but with the advancement of people wanting to know you by ...
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Adding someone on LinkedIn after I interviewed with them, but didn't get the job. [duplicate]

I recently attended two interviews for a position, a general ‘meet each other’' interview, and then a technical interview. Both interviews seemed to go well, friendly and amicable. However, I was ...
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When should you, and should you not, add someone on Linked In? [duplicate]

I'm wondering what kind of considerations one should apply when adding people on Linked In. For example, if starting a new job, would it be normal add your new colleagues on Linked In? Or would it ...
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How do I use personal networking to find a new job?

There's that adage that 90% of jobs aren't advertised, and that you find your next job through the people you know. As such, I was thinking of making it commitment to regularly attend various IT ...
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Is being blunt in emails common in the workplace?

I'm still a student, but was talking to a friend about how when I email my professors/lecturers they tend to ignore the niceties, the greeting, everything except the main question in my email and send ...
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How to react when superiors make fun of junior employees during informal/social events?

I am a junior manager (promoted from within) and recently started being invited to some social and informal events with senior management. It is good to know that I am getting closer to their inner ...
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Could I use LinkedIn to improve visibility WITHIN my company? [closed]

I have a profile which I have not updated since early in my current job out of concerns that it might signal lack of loyalty. One of my greatest assets my superiors have lauded as a reason to promote ...
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Choosing a email format for workplace [duplicate]

I am an admin at an institute and I need to create the staff email addresses. I am confused over which format to give. Some people use first and last name, and others use first name initial like ...
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What factors should I consider when deciding whether to create separate StackExchange IDs for work/non-work?

With StackOverflow and Careers 2.0 it's becoming easier to use the SE network as a professional profile. Yet at the same time there are more and more sites on the SE network, some of which you might ...
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Networking with people who are not from the HR [closed]

If you're networking with people who are not from the HR, how can you benefit from knowing them? For example, as a college student, if you reach out to those who are not from the HR but employees in ...
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How to organize training in a small business [closed]

I am in charge of a small, small, small company of 5 people. Usually for companies of that size it is always the same problem, one person needs to do multiple things and it is always time challenging ...
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Is there a good remote alternative to asking someone to coffee to pick their brain / break the ice?

As many of you may know a tried and true standby for networking is to offer to buy a coffee or lunch so that you can pick their brain (presumably they're worth meeting), break the ice, and get to know ...
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Should we ban facebook or any other social network at workplace?

In our company we do not bother much about people using social networks such as Facebook. But I am realizing that people are misusing this now. They are engaged in it more than the real job for which ...
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How to show interest to work for a potential employer

I am interested in working for a particular organization (this is in US). The manager has asked via a friend of mine that I send (email) my CV to him. I have seen him a couple of times in the past. ...
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How would linkedIn help me in my career [duplicate]

I have never used linkedIn even though I have a bare account created for years. Off late, I keep on hearing facts where Employers screen potential candidates through social networking channels. Also ...
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How to address a professional contact made a year ago?

I need to send an email to a contact I've made a year ago while traveling. I've met this person by popping up on the company and asking if "someone could talk to me." I have interest in working for ...
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Appropriate time to post new position on professional networking sites

What is the appropriate amount of time to wait before updating professional sites (SO Careers, LinkedIn, etc.) regarding a new position, assuming that I have already made the switch? The goal is to ...
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Staying on a prospective employer's radar: what do you say in the email?

Let's say you interviewed at a company that you'd really like to work for but didn't get the job. From what I understand, it's a good idea to get in touch every now and then afterwards, to show that ...
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How can I use my LinkedIn profile to find employment in another location? [closed]

I've been getting really a lot of LinkedIn profile views, invites from recruiters, etc. However, all of them come from my current location in Europe. Thing is I'd like to move overseas, to US west ...
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Right time to ask somebody to drop a good word for you during interview process

I work in the software/hardware high-tech industry in the US. I have been looking for career opportunities for a few weeks. I was contacted by a recruiter (working for the company) a few weeks back ...
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How does one network at conferences, beyond the first conversation?

I go to software conferences. I proactively try to meet the people I sit near and the presenters. I am often the last one to leave a session room and I have lots of good conversations and meet ...
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How can I promote my problem solving skills (instead of just knowledge) when networking?

One of the most common ways of getting new projects for a freelancer is networking: keeping in contact with previous co-workers and customers participating in something like StackOverflow going to ...
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How do I request an introduction in Linkedin, from a former colleague with whom I haven't kept in touch?

Browsing through my 2nd-degree connections on LinkedIn, I noticed a recruiter who works for a company I'm particularly interested in. I don't know this recruiter at all, personally, but I do have a ...
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How to ask for Linked-In recommendations

The other day I noticed my Linked-In profile did not have a whole ton of recommendations. I have worked with quite a few people over the past few years. How should I request a recommendation from ...
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Should we maintain the difference between personal and professional contacts?

I am a newbie in a professional world and hence I have some new friends in my working area including some seniors. So, we are also connected from a social networking site but the issues is I am ...
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Offering help without seeming like a jerk

I have a few colleagues who work on interesting projects but they face problem in certain domains that I am good (but not expert) at. I wish to offer them help for my own reasons (experience, ...
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Reconnecting with lost contacts [closed]

Assuming someone had a nice network of contacts but lost them because of his own ignorance (too busy with work to keep in touch), what is a good strategy to reconnect with them? I don't think the ...
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Staying in touch with people you meet at conferences

I often meet people at conferences who are really interesting and do similar work at companies as I do in grad school. Ideally I wish to have them as a part of my network to facilitate job search st ...
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Listing LinkedIn profile as a full CV - looks lazy, or convenient for recruiters?

I am considering putting a line at the bottom of my one-page (US) resume like this: "References available upon request. For a full CV, please view my LinkedIn profile at ...
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How can I use LinkedIn to maximize my employment prospects?

Frankly, I don't quite grok what LinkedIn is for, especially given I'm already in Facebook, SO Careers, and Google+. I'm told it's much more about the job market than the other social media websites. ...
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Networking for breadth, not depth

While I would not claim to be a professional networker, I do have a pretty strong opinion about what works, and wondering if there is any real research on the best approach to networking. My current ...
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Should I reach out for an opportunity via personal contacts or a recruiter?

If a recruiter contacts me about an opportunity at Company X but I find out that I have second or third-degree connections with people there (through personal and professional friends), should I ...
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The etiquette of connecting with recruiters on networking sites

I sometimes get contacted by recruiters on sites such as LinkedIn, asking if I am interested in a job they have available, and they usually want to make a formal connection on the network to share ...