Wharton’s got an article this morning about using social networks to market yourself. No, make that reinvent yourself.
“According to Jonah Berger, Wharton marketing professor, using social networking sites or a new media endeavor such as blogging can be especially useful for workers looking to reshape their career into a new kind of profile. ‘People will begin to see you in that role,’ Berger says. ‘By creating these links outside of your organization, you can change your meaning to [others].'”
This can be very useful these days with layoffs happening left and right. Through adept use of social networks, people can begin to develop new facets of themselves, build up a support group of followers, and turn themselves into thought leaders .
The best part about all of this is that it’s free – and the best way to learn it is by doing it – it only takes some time. And if it doesn’t work, you can always try something different.
Just remember, YOU are the product.