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Job Seekers: Where to Post an Online Profile

When choosing where to post your online profile to help with your job search, keep quality and quantity in mind. For job seekers, an online network is most useful when it’s gained a critical mass of people who can do you some good. Who’s using the site? How many are using the site?

LinkedIn, for example, has more than 40 million users (as of this writing), including executives from all the Fortune 500 companies. Facebook has more than 200 million active users globally. But LinkedIn has a professional and business focus, while Facebook has a much larger social component.

As you explore your options among online sites that post profiles — such as ZoomInfo, a business directory; Spoke, a business directory and social network; and Jigsaw, a business directory and social network — be wary about biting off more than you can manage.

Elaborate online profiles with flashy graphics and serial links are usually professionally produced for high-achieving professionals who are always open to employment offers they can’t refuse and for entrepreneurs who use the profiles as an advertising medium to attract business.

Here’s a list of Web sites where you can familiarize yourself with a wide variety of online profiles and to consider when posting your own profile.

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