Before Josh Porter ever enrolled in the W.P Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, he discovered the power of networking to find jobs in Arizona through the social media website LinkedIn, according to U.S. News & World Report.
In the fall of 2010, Porter used LinkedIn to contact an Arizona State alum, which later led to an introduction to another former Sun Devil who hired Porter for an internship role. By the end of the summer, the graduate student had landed a full-time job.
"Being able to connect with alumni through LinkedIn really helped start the process to get this job offer," said Porter.
Around the country, business schools are pushing students to become familiar with social networking, and a number of them have even integrated LinkedIn into workshops and courses that teach leadership and organizational behavior, the media outlet stated.
In the world of social media, differentiating from other online job seekers will become paramount, Fox News reports.
While managing different forms of social media like LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter can be overwhelming, the benefits of online social networking could result in new introductions, and possibly even job opportunities.