- National and state-level professional associations and trade groups.
- Technical school, college, and graduate school alumni organizations.
- Some affinity sites that may be important to employers (such as women in technology, African American certified public accountants, and veterans).
Following is a list of social-media venues you might consider joining to heighten your visibility and boost your contacts. Remember, though, not to spread yourself too thin. Check these out to see if any resonate with you:
Company of Friends — Fast Company magazine’s global readers’ network. Founded in November 1997 and relaunched in 2007, Company of Friends claims to have been the very first business social network. Fast Company readers have self-organized local discussion groups, mentoring and networking organizations, and creative problem-solving teams.
Delphi Forums — With more than 10 million registered members and more than a million new messages posted per week, Dephi is one of the leading networks of member-managed online communities. Delphi’s services enable individuals to build, manage and grow their own online communities.
Ecademy.com — Ecademy’s aims “to build the world’s largest trusted business network by connecting people to each other – enabling knowledge, contacts and opportunities to be shared for world wide wealth.” Ecademy believes networking and a philosophy of “winning by sharing” are key to success. More than 20,000 members from 120 countries learn, network, and develop their careers together. Membership to Ecademy is free.