12 Hot Career-Oriented Social Nicheworks

12 Hot Career-Oriented Social Nicheworks
Find a nichwork to leverage your career

by Robert Starks Jr. on August 20, 2013

In LinkedIn’s SEC filings, the company talks about the threat niche social networks pose to their business model. What if you could go to a focused social network of people who (1) do what you do or (2) who work in your industry? You could connect with experts rather than follow influencers. You could meet your next boss.

A social nichework is an online community of people who share a common interest. Remember when apps exploded on the scene and the phrase, “There’s an app for that,” became popular? Well, now we can almost say, “There’s a network for that.” For example, if you love cats, check out Catster. Are you more of a dog person? Check out Dogster.

But what does this have to do with your career? When thinking about social networks to join, people tend to go to big platforms such as LinkedIn, Google+, Twitter, and Facebook and ignore indy niche communities. But these nicheworks might be a goldmine for learning and connecting with people who can help your career.

In fact, the people who can help your career the most might be more active on a social nichework than on LinkedIn. You won’t know this unless you look. Don’t only participate in nicheworks, but don’t ignore them! Take time to research. You might find a small community that adds value to your career.

Here are 12 Examples of Nicheworks:

recruiter.com – A community for job seekers and recruiters with tips, advice, and tools for both audiences.
deviantart.com – Artists showcase their work, network, and get feedback. From tattoo art and photography, to graphic design and 3D art, this niche group can help you get noticed in the art scene.
lawlink.com – The site is rich with videos, documents, and blogs for legal types. Members can join groups and forums, ask questions, and look at job postings.
govloop.com – Called the “Facebook for Feds” because it is the largest federal employee network out there.
stackoverflow.com – The Q&A network for programmers. Targeted by recruiters looking for programming talent!
wiser.org – A network for social activists working on issues such as human rights, poverty, hunger, climate change, and more.
gooruze.com – An online network of Internet marketers. It has a Q&A forum, groups, and articles about online marketing.
biznik.com – With the rise in contract workers and entrepreneurs, Biznik was designed for independent business people. If you want to start a business, have started a business, or want to turn your hobby into a money-making business, the Biznik community offers support.
bytes.com – A network for IT professionals and developers. It has Q&A and Career Advice forums.
gameartisans.org – Allows artists to participate in contests, get feedback on their art, and network, all while getting inspired by amazing art.
2degreesnetwork.com – A community for people in the sustainability business and people in charge of their companies’ sustainability practices.
researchgate.net – A community for research scientists to build their reputations and make their research more visible.

Author: Robert Starks Jr. is a career coach, social media strategist, and the founder of Careertipster.com, a blog resource site for job seekers and career development professionals. Robert is also a Community Manager for CareerCollegeLounge.com, a social learning network for professionals in the career education sector of higher education, and Vice President of Learning Initiatives for MaxKnowledge, Inc., a leading training provider for career schools.

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