A Cisco survey of 2,800 twentysomethings across 14 countries said they would accept a lower-paying job in exchange for more latitude regarding the use of social media, ability to work from home, and choice of mobile phone talent.
If you are lucky to be able to access social media sites already at work – you may want to bookmark these and use your online time to your advantage by networking across the globe from your desk.
LinkedIn: a networking site to connect online
Ecademy: connects business people through its online network, blog and message-board chats
Focus: where business professionals can help each other with their business decisions by accessing research and peer expertise
YorZ: networking/job site
Xing: helps you find experts at the click of a button, market yourself and open up new sales channels
Facebook: not just for posting photos… advertising opportunities, event promotion and alumni
Care2: the global network for organizations and people who Care2 make a difference… is your business going green?
Gather: this thinking community talks about books, health, money, news and more to ignite discussions on politics, business and entertainment. This will help your company tap into its target audience and find out what they want.
MEETin.org: acquire contacts in your city on MEETin.org, and then organize an event so that you can meet face-to-face.
Tribe: Unique online communities where you can search for favorite restaurants, events, clubs and more (but not available everywhere yet).