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In addition to using physician recruiting companies, online networking sites such as LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter can be useful resources when you are seeking physician employment opportunities, especially after taking time off. If you are already using these sites, that's great; but if you are using them for professional networking, be mindful of projecting a professional image. If you are new to online networking, you may want to start with LinkedIn, because it is more business-oriented and provides a simple template for you to present as much or as little of your professional background as you like.
Another advantage of LinkedIn is that if you include your undergraduate and medical school affiliations in your profile, you can see who else in from your school is also on LinkedIn, and you can contact people via the LinkedIn site.
Some people use Facebook for networking on a more casual basis, and the up-and-coming Twitter (a social networking site that limits blog-like updates to 140 characters) lets you post links to a personal or professional website as a way to reach out to a wider range of contacts and potential employers.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|