Facebook Friday – Branchout

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Branchout is a career networking site that integrates with Facebook. Using information contained within your friends Facebook profiles, the application unlocks massive amounts of career data about your friends AND their friends.

Search a company name and you can see which of your Facebook friends work there (or used to). If those friends have installed the application, you can also see how many of THEIR friends have worked at that company. From there you can send invitations to connect directly to contacts or you can ask friends for introductions.

One of the great features of Branchout is the ability to import your Linkedin profile, eliminating the need to double enter information and like Linkedin, Branchout allows users to give and receive recommendations in the form of endorsements. It also allows users to find job opportunities based on their location, industry, experience and job title.

Many people choose not to use Facebook as a career community as they don’t want to mix business and pleasure. With Branchout there’s no need to worry about that as BranchOut profiles only show work history, education, and positive recommendations. They don’t grant access to personal Facebook profiles.

With more than 500 million people on Facebook, the odds are certainly in your favour that you’ll be connected to someone who could give you a foot in the door.

Overall Branchout is great solution for those trying to use Facebook in both a personal and professional manner.

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