CLEO (Malaysia) - - CAREER SPECIAL -

ou may be good at your job, but how ef­fec­tive are you at net­work­ing? To re­ally move on up or to get the job you want, you need to hus­tle. In fact, John Ben­nett, a rep of the McColl School of Busi­ness (Queens Uni­ver­sity of Char­lotte) says, “Be­tween 60 to 80 per cent of jobs are found through per­sonal re­la­tion­ships.” (Yes, even that Face­book friend can be use­ful!) So on top of just scrolling through your friends’ feeds, it’s vi­tal to cast a wide net, and net­work.

Net­work­ing face-to-face is great when you’re hav­ing a few drinks af­ter five, but it takes time and ef­fort. To re­ally grow your ca­reer, net­work­ing plat­forms like LinkedIn work well – it’s a spe­cial breed of so­cial me­dia that’s an ex­ten­sion of real-world net­work­ing, where you can build pro­fes­sional con­tacts, at­tract clients, sell your com­pany and gain en­dorse­ment for your skills. Al­though LinkedIn may be the most well-known net­work­ing site, there are even more al­ter­na­tives to help you build spe­cific con­nec­tions based on your lo­ca­tion or niche. We’ve found five more on­line net­work plat­forms for you to ex­pand your dig­i­tal foot­print. wow­in­tro is an on­line video im­pres­sion plat­form where you can mar­ket your­self in a 30-sec­ond video. It es­sen­tially acts as an on­line pro­file be­fore a face-to-face meet­ing, and al­lows users to show­case qual­i­ties that would not nor­mally be vis­i­ble on pa­per. Owned by lo­cal start-up Posi­tu­nity Sdn Bhd, wow­in­tro aims to com­ple­ment HR pro­cesses, so “em­ploy­ers do not have to spend count­less hours screen­ing CVs any­more,” says founder Alex Phang.

Lunch Kaki: Build­ing Re­la­tion­ships At Lunch

In­tro­duced in Malaysia last year, the idea be­hind the app is to help or­di­nary folks get out there and meet like-minded peo­ple dur­ing lunch.

“Of course, Lunch Kaki is not just for lunch only; it is a plat­form to find the kaki you need. We be­lieve strangers are friends whom you have not met yet – strangers for the first time, pals for a life­time,” says co-founder Melvin Tan.

You can choose who you want to meet and be­friend. No more awk­ward meet­ings with un­suit­able mates. Yes! The Reach app by Big Rock Labs is a mobile app de­signed with lo­ca­tion-based tech­nol­ogy to search for pro­fes­sion­als in the users’ fields of in­ter­est and vicin­ity. The sys­tem mim­ics real life where you can ex­change busi­ness cards with others. Users sign in us­ing LinkedIn ac­counts or reg­is­ter with their email ad­dresses. If you see some­one you are in­ter­ested to con­nect with, you can ‘Reach Out’ by send­ing a re­quest. You will find your con­nec­tions in ‘Con­tacts’ where you can then call or mes­sage each other. TribeHired is Malaysia’s IT re­cruit­ment tal­ent mar­ket­place where com­pa­nies com­pete to hire top tal­ent. The TribeHired team cu­rates a list of the top 100 tech­ni­cal tal­ents avail­able in a city for that week and em­ploy­ers can browse through the list, check out their re­views, and watch an in­tro video of each per­son. Once they find some­one they are keen on, they place a bid us­ing TribeHired’s auc­tion sys­tem and sched­ule in­ter­views.

“In a nut­shell, TribeHired flips the re­cruit­ment model. In­stead of ap­ply­ing for jobs, we get com­pa­nies to com­pete for you,” says founder De­van Sin­garam. More power to the peo­ple!

Cal­iber: A Mes­sag­ing App For Work­ing Pro­fes­sion­als

Cal­iber is a pro­fes­sional net­work­ing app cre­ated for work­ing pro­fes­sion­als to meet new peo­ple. The app con­nects with your LinkedIn pro­file, im­ports your con­tacts, asks for your in­ter­ests and sug­gests rel­e­vant pro­fes­sion­als to con­nect with.

You can find col­lab­o­ra­tors, meet new peo­ple who share the same in­ter­ests or learn some­thing new. “We’re com­ple­men­tary to LinkedIn, and we give back to their plat­form,” ex­plains CEO An­dres Blank. He says that Cal­iber will be adding the abil­ity to con­nect other plat­forms such as Twit­ter in the near fu­ture.

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