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ERIC Number: ED467898
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 4
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Virtual Networking for Career Development. Trends and Issues Alert.
Kerka, Sandra
The critical career development strategy of networking is being transformed by the Internet into virtual or e-networking. Virtual networking provides these advantages: it eliminates the fear of making initial contact and the stress of first impressions; it overcomes restrictions of location, time, or money; it makes responses faster and easier; and it facilitates management of large numbers of contacts. In many fields, transnational contacts are increasingly important, and e-networking opens the door to worldwide communities of interest. E-networking is promoted as a way for women and minorities to overcome limited access to informal networks. However, e-mail is poorly suited for the initial stages of establishing a shared context for discussion between people with different cultural or disciplinary backgrounds Other cautions about e-networking include typical problems of electronic communication such as casual language, spamming, and other breaches of netiquette; potential for misrepresentation; and lack of nonverbal cues. An annotated list of 24 resources is accompanied by lists of 9 networks for women, 6 networks for minority groups, and 7 other specialized networks. (YLB)
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education, Columbus, OH.