Make 'friends' and find a job

The number of Belgian registrations on professional networking sites, such as LinkedIn, has risen sharply these last months compared to 2008.
But why are these professional networking sites so popular?
The increase of Belgian registrations on networking sites has several reasons, according to Tom De Ruyck Senior Consultant ForwaR&D Lab InSites Consulting. “First of all, a lot of people become aware of the business opportunities of professional networking sites. It is the perfect source for headhunters and HR-managers, people that search the entire Belgian network looking for talent.”
Another reason why LinkedIn gains popularity is the possibility to update your curriculum vitae. “Your online reputation becomes more and more important. When you apply for a job, the HR-manager will first Google your name and LinkedIn makes sure your professional details are one of the first search results.”
Furthermore the LinkedIn system helps you collect references. “Personal branding is becoming essential in today’s life. Especially in times of crisis it can make the difference between a job and a rejection.” says Tom De Ruyck.
(Source: De Streekkrant Nationaal, Sebastiaan Bedaux – Roularta)

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