There are a growing number of career development communities. Check out this article that highlights 5 different sites. Four of them I am familiar with: Linked In, Beyond.com, Monster Career Advice Forum and Glassdoor. Beyond and Monster can be particularly helpful if you are looking to switch careers.
I really like glassdoor because you can get the inside scoop on a company. The site consists of reviews by employees who rate their job, the organization, their salary and the CEO. Of course you need to take each review with a grain of salt. I scanned through the company reviews of those listed in Rochester and I have to say that I agree with the overall ratings of the CEO’s where some are as low as 17% and others as high as 86%.
But the one that made me write this post is Branchout.com. Here’ s how the article describes it, “BranchOut is a new career networking site that integrates with Facebook, so it’s very easy to set up. You can also import your LinkedIn profile, which eliminates the need to double-enter information….it’s an option for people trying to utilize Facebook in both a personal as well as professional way — just make sure your Facebook profile is well-maintained.”
Here’s my concern. First of all, I can’t look at the site unless I give them access to my Facebook information. Remember, every time you give another site permission to access your Facebook data; the site gains access to all your information and cam potentially expose things that are posted to your wall. The next issue I have is; make sure your ‘”Facebook profile is well-maintained.” The article then links to an article from summer 2010. This is very outdated information for keeping your Facebook information private. If they really cared, they’d at least make sure to give us up to date information on such an important issue. I can only say, beware. A little research reveals a problematic situation. Do what you think is best, but please be careful.
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