As I have previously written, I am a novice when it comes to social media. I have spent the last month actively attempting to participate in LinkedIn and Twitter. My confidence with my tweets and connections is still in a very moderate range, but miraculously I actually made a connection, connected with someone else, and voila, success!
While searching through the Sarah Lawrence Alumni LinkedIn page I noticed the name of a girl (now woman!) that was a flautist. While in college I was studying music pretty seriously myself and we were in many classes together and had mutual friends. After graduation we both went our separate ways, and she continued to pursue a professional career as a musician and teacher.
I reached out to her when I saw her profile on LinkedIn; we caught up, and all was good. The following day, my daughter, the kitchen designer, mentioned that the showroom she works in (SieMatic, NYC) was planning an event for October and did I know of any musicians that could play during the event. I immediately thought of my college chum, sent her an email, and hooked her up with my daughter. Low and behold, it worked and my Sadie Lou pal will be performing at the event.
So, the proof is in the pudding! It works! This is a perfect example of how networking with social media can help you reconnect with friends and even find new work. Whether you’re an empty nester, a career changer or a fresh-out-of-school college graduate looking for your first job, one of the first places you should look is your own extended network.
I will continue to plug away, get more comfortable navigating my way through this crazy Internet world, and try and make connections for others and myself. Please forgive any “oops” or mistakes — I am still a beginner!