Networking on about.me

Networking is an important skill to have and one which you should not be doing just when you’re job searching. You should be networking all the time, and that can mean any number of things.  It can mean getting to know more people in your industry and exchanging tips on best practices with them, building friendships with people who share your interests, helping others with their networking or introducing your friends to others.  There are many ways you can connect with people in an authentic way and we here at about.me aim to help you do that.

Connect with compliments

With our new Search function, announced last week, it’s easier than ever to find others on about.me who are in your industry, share your interests and reside in your geographic region. But what do you do once you discover them in search? How do you reach out to them? One of the easiest approaches is complimenting a person. We all love receiving compliments and it’s a great way to grab someone’s attention.  They’re more inclined to reach out to you if they know you’ve already connected with something in their profile whether it be their biography, picture or interests.

Ed Hunsinger  Dharmayasa  Ivana Obradovic

Jish  Binoyeeta Das  Jarrod Joachim

Connect via email

Were you ever really inspired by a person’s page? Did you ever think, that person and I share so many interests, I bet he or she would be interesting to talk to. Well think no further, reach out via email. While it may take some more time and thought than sending someone a compliment, a nice email can go a long way to really connecting with another person.

Jeffrey Kamilkoff

Be yourself

While it can be intimidating to try to get to know new people, just remember to relax and have fun. Show off who you are on your about.me page and it will make the connections flow even more easily. A person will see your common interests and know exactly why you contacted them. And with a great profile that draws others in, you’ll not only be reaching out to others, people will find reasons to connect with you too!

Abigail Smith  David Hunegnaw  Helena Price

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Staff Picks

The Staff Picks page is full of fantastic examples. The pages show off personality in a professional way and can serve as inspiration to help improve your page. Jon Lavallee‘s page is a great example (in the blog header image!) with his amazing photo, biography that in just a few sentences touches on both his personal and professional life, and his apps.

Check out the pages below to see more great examples, and remember that the Staff Picks page has new beautiful pages added every day.

Reign Free, Executive ChefReign FreeBre Pettis, CEO of MakerBotBre PettisDawn Danby, sustainable design strategy geekDawn Danby Have a fantastic week! For more awesome pages, take a look at Staff Picks!

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Favorite Collections

This past week we made a nice change to our collections, you can now arrange the people in your collections into any order you want, simply drag and drop.  Now Shawn can reorder his Artists collection (in our header) to show his favorite works of art or artists at the top of his collection.

In honor of this change we’ve decided to showcase some of our team’s favorite collections. They range from All Time Faves by Tony Conrad to Pascal’s collection of Storm Troopers. We hope you enjoy perusing them all below and get some inspiration to create your own collections of favorites on about.me

Musical All Time Faves The Hundred Thousand Club Interesting People Diving and Snorkeling Storm Troopers

Not sure how to add people to your collections? Just click the “+” button on their page, in search, under their picture in your feed or hovering over their picture in other collections!

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Featured Friday #FFaboutme

Happy Friday! The pages today show off informative bios, display creative work, and share personal interests; all the things that make you unique!

Take a look at the examples below. Click on each image to see their full page, and remember to leave a compliment when you do! Be sure to also check out Berlin based Boris Mayer (in blog header image).

Sarah LaneBrandon T. Luong Romit Gharat Chloe SladdenMarco WilbrinkDon’t see your page here? Give it another try next week. We review them all, but it’s impossible to fit every great page in the blog post!

Make sure your about.me link is in the appropriate section of you twitter bio, and tweet the hashtag #FFaboutme for a chance to be selected next time.

Good luck, and feel free to share you page in the comments below!

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Traveling with about.me: Morocco

We’re touring Morocco this week, through the eyes of our about.me community members that call the country home. Located in the Maghreb region of north western Africa, the country has many diverse linguistic and cultural influences. Languages predominantly spoken in the country include Arabic, Berber and French.

Among those featured here, we have graphic designer, video tutorial maker and literature student Ayoub Kadri, president and founder of the Moroccan Association of Young Volunteers, Rafik Benlmadani. And who could forget our post header, Najlae Benmbarek, who runs a production company in Marrakesh.

Ayub KadriGhizlane JabrouniRafik BenlmadaniKaoutar LoupAmine AzarizFatima Zahra NhariBillel Bara

Thanks again for coming along for our world-traveling adventure, stay tuned for our next destination! If you have a suggestion of where we should visit next, tell us about it in our comment section.

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Students of the Week

Last week we had a special focus on students as we participated in the Recess college tour. Going from Indiana University to Drexel University to University of Maryland to New York University to Cornell University gave us the chance to talk with a ton of students! We shared the ways in which an about.me page can help students start building a personal brand in addition to connecting to others and finding jobs.

I, personally, had a great time interacting with students like, David Guhl, in our header image and many others who not only showed enthusiasm and gave us great feedback for our prospective job tool, but were excited about and hearing from leading entrepreneurs like Tony Conrad and Cory Levy.

As I rode the tour bus from college to college (Fortunately we didn’t have to sleep in seats, we had bunks. Unfortunately, the mattress was a 3 inch thick piece of foam) I had the opportunity to interact with some other startups on the bus like Glide, Twine, Rad Pad and Whoseyourlandlord. All on the tour to pitch their sites and apps to college students, it was a jam-packed and exciting five days of meeting new people while on the road.

Molly Day Jordan Sayeedi Farah Colette

P.S. Don’t forget how important it is to give a great first impression through email, add your profile to your email signature so employers can link to your resume and learn more about you. Find out how to add your email signature in our FAQs.

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Discover through People Search

In case you missed our newsletter yesterday, we’ve recently released a new “People Search” function on about.me to help you discover interesting members of the about.me community.

Connect with people around you

Did you just move to a new city? You can use search to discover and then connect with people in your area who share interests. For example, a friend just moved to Chicago and is really looking for new friends who share his love of food. So he went to Search and typed in Chicago, then food. Immediately, he discovered people in his area who he can connect with and maybe invite to write on his food blog. Not only that, but as he was exploring new pages he noticed they shared many more of his interests, giving him more reasons to connect.

Nina Stockman  Rishi Kumar  Delia Zhou
Avi Schwab  Aditi Ruhi  Dan McGoldrick

Connect with potential clients or employers

Let’s say you live in L.A. and are looking to start a new project or maybe you have a company and are hoping to hire someone. Ideally you would get a designer and a developer but money is short so you’re trying to find someone who does both things. Typing in Los Angeles, designer and developer into search you instantly find a list potential collaborators like Charlotte Z. Fernandez who works as a freelancer.

Charlotte Z. Fernandez

Ensure people can find you in search

Most people remember location, work, and educational info, but too many overlook the importance of tags or interests.  A good set of tags will allow future collaborators, clients, or employers to find your page more easily and connect with you. As you reexamine your tags or consider adding new ones, ask yourself if you would you search for someone using those same terms. Not sure how to add tags to your page? Simply go to the Biography tab when you’re in Edit Mode and find the section called Interests. Then, add some tags to make it easier to discover and connect with new people. Happy Searching!

chica lunar  Olaolu Deji  Tiffany Bukowski

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Staff Picks

The Staff Picks page is full of fantastic examples of about.me pages with clear images and interesting bios. These pages show off personality in a professional way and provide examples to help you improve your page.

Like technophile, writer, health enthusiast, femme-fatale runner Jessica Barone (header image) the pages below were selected from our Staff Picks section. Take a look at the pages included below, including 2 Coloradans!

Stephan Black Jason Karsh Bianca Stanciu

Have a fantastic week! For more awesome pages, take a look at Staff Picks.

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Voice actors on about.me

Today we’re shedding some light on people we hear all the time but almost never see, voice actors and actresses! Not only do we get to see them here but also learn about their personalities and what they do when they’re not lending their voices to our favorite characters.

Marc Scott, participates as a volunteer firefighter in his spare time, hence the outfit in the picture below! Then, of course, we have our header image of Tara Tyler who has worked as a radio production manager and creative services director for over 10 years!

Marc Scott Rachel Darlene John Hunerlach

Have suggestions for other cool professions we can feature? Leave us a note about it in the comment section!

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Featured Friday #FFaboutme

Happy Friday! The pages today show off informative bios, display creative work, and share personal interests; all the things that make you unique!

Take a look at other great examples below. Click on each image to see their full page, and remember to leave a compliment when you do! Be sure to also check out molecular biologist Ian Haydon (show in blog header image).

Luz Adriana González Elias MulugetaSamuel UsemJimmy Lavoie

Don’t see your page here? Give it another try next week. We review them all, but it’s impossible to fit every great page in the blog post! 

Make sure your about.me link is in the appropriate section of you twitter bio, and tweet the hashtag #FFaboutme for a chance to be selected next time.

Good luck, and feel free to share you page in the comments below!

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