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Best social platforms for professional networking

Economists are expecting strong business activity to start resuming in the first quarter of 2021, and the longer-term forecast is even better. What this means for business professionals is that they should be ready to seize the moment by making sure their professional profiles are not only up to date but also published on the right online platforms. Here are some of the best social platforms for professional networking.

LinkedIn

There is no excuse for you to skip over the world’s most active business social network. According to Forbes, “LinkedIn is, far and away, the most advantageous social networking tool available to business professionals today.” Of all the global professional networking sites, LinkedIn is also the largest, with over 238 million users in over 200 countries and territories around the world…and professionals are signing up to join LinkedIn at a rate that is faster than two new members per second.

Meetup

Meetup is a cool platform that allows you to seek out (or create!) local meetups. When you register, you mark your interests. The app will then notify you of any local meetups that you might be interested in, as they are created. The meetups span a wide variety of topics from professional topics to hobbies and everything between. If you don’t find one that you’re interested in, or one that works with your schedule, you can set one up and Meetup will notify anyone that has identified your topic as something that is of interest to them.

Twitter

Surprisingly, Twitter is more professionally based than you may think. Twitter is a fantastic network for building relationships with people in a variety of capacities. For example, if there’s a specific hashtag for a conference you’re attending, use it in your tweets to see who else is engaging and connect with them. You can also connect with other professionals around the world on a daily basis by following trending hashtags and topics within your industry. Also, be sure to follow industry leaders who likely tweet and retweet noteworthy topics and events.

Xing

Xing is a career oriented Social Networking site aimed as a small world network for Professionals. It is a global network used by people in over 200 countries and is available in over 16 languages including English, Italian, French, Polish, Simplified Chinese, German, Dutch, etc. Xing offers a platform for event coordinations, personal profiles, group discussion forums, and many other social media features. Xing also offers closed community options or Enterprise groups to enhance their own unique access paths.

Whether you are looking for a promotion or looking to dip your feet in an entirely new industry, social business networking can be just the thing to advance your current position. These business-focused platforms provide the tools needed to reach out and make business connections, find new jobs, or find specialized job seekers.

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