Social networking is good but in a limit. Now the question arises, what is the limit?
I often get queries from my young professional colleagues who feel that they can find a better job that will help them going up in their careers with the help of social networking. I agree networking skills can help a lot and take you up in your career more so when qualification alone is not a guarantee of a better future. As far as I am concerned, networking for me is not all about return favor but mutual help.
However, there are certain rules for online networking skills like being friendly help but being over mixing type may not be considered good for a professional. I do not feel comfortable being too much active on online forums or online social groups so I can say I missed a lot of good opportunities which I could have otherwise grabbed easily, no regrets though.
Over Active on Social Media
I look at activities of some of my friends who are over active on different social sites but I do not envy their skills of being so active and. They engage with every content that comes into their feed. As far I am concerned I don’t think that it’s necessary to attend everyone whether they have anything to do with our line of trade or interest just for the sake of being popular.
I often feel that I mishandled opportunities in the past but if I was asked to start all over again I would prefer to stay connected with people with similar interests. I have helped lots of people in the different fields even if I had no self-interest, even if I had to go out of my way, but in most cases, they never came back to say even a simple ‘thanks’ which hurts but I will not stop helping people in future too.
The Younger Cyber Generation
It’s rather tempting to assume that our over enthusiastic cyber generation is trying to be the authors of their own future and that is not as bad as it sounds. Some people think that this younger generation is itself to blame for not getting the best from the education. But it’s not that simple since it really helps if one stays connected with social media in a right way.
In fact, the job market is becoming very competitive and networking skills can help professionals in more than one way. However, people, these days are going overboard even going out of their comfort zone keeping in touch with each and everyone whether they have anything in common or not is not the right idea.
A Word of Caution
We can’t live with the thought that it’s harder to take your eyes off your gadgets and enjoy life as it goes and it really goes a lot when you look around yourself with open eyes. However, the fact remains that business is being driven by technology in almost every area. Also, that our engagement with social media is starting at such a young age when we are not ready perhaps for the cyber world. In other words we do not know about the impact or understand the extent we can trust the cyber world.