BYU-Idaho Encourages Social Networking

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Updated: 1/26/2012 6:57 pm
Finding a job can be a difficult task these days. The layoffs are multiplying and the stress of finding a job or keeping your job before the end of the money can be scary.

Brigham Young University-Idaho is trying to help out its students by teaching them how to network.

You know, social networking is everywhere, and if used correctly, can land you the job of your dreams.

Most anyone would agree that these days, there's gigantic competition for far less job openings.

Brigham Young University-Idaho is encouraging its students to do everything possible to prepare themselves for the real world.

"So I didn't really have like a good foundation or knowledge about networking or really kind of like what was going to come after I graduated” said student Ryan Paull

Different speakers at the BYU-Idaho campus addressed the importance of networking and making connections.

"So really where they've kind of hit is the importance of talking with your fellow students and your professors” continued Paull.

"Just because you major in something doesn't mean you're going to do it, you need to keep contacts from everywhere so you can, in life, have that to pull from” said Taylor Howard.

"Grades are important, school is important, but it's also important to have a balance and to get to know other people while you're at school and to get involved extracurricularly and build your resume and do things outside just the scope of going to school and being a student” said Emily Peterson.

The students heard numerous stories about professionals getting their jobs because they networked.

One thing to be aware of is when you create your profile... Experts suggest you use your middle name in the slim chance someone who shares your first name could have harmful information on their site, confusing potential employers.

"I see networking as just a great tool personally and to help other people and it's a great way to find a job as well” continued Peterson.

"Networking is all about going out there, sending out e-mails, calling people, you know, building that relationship and asking questions and getting to know them” said Howard.

For more tips on social networking click on this link.

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