A lot of great information can be harnessed online including relationship development. The important thing is to set parameters and balance multiple ways to reach out to and maintain contact with different professional groups and contacts.
LinkedIn: THE hub for most professional relationship contact.
Facebook and Twitter are used more as research tools to learn about companies, marketing, buzzwords, and current events for most professions.
Social networking pointers and tips:
Did you know?
A recent CareerBuilder study of over 2,600 hiring managers found:
45 percent reported searching for information on candidates using a social networking site.
11 percent reported that candidate screening by social media will be implemented in the very near future.
35 percent reported that they found content on social networking sites which caused them NOT to hire a candidate.
The trick about using social networks for career exploration is to remain active! Started a new job or landed a scholarship? Post it. Found an interesting article pertaining to your field? Share it. This way you remain current, and in the minds of people in your network.