July 05, 2011
How to Invite Contacts to Join BeKnown
Maintaining a professional network means staying in touch and engaged with your contacts. You never want to find yourself in the position of needing a favor from someone you've lost touch with (and who hasn't thought about you) for two years.
New social-networking platforms make staying engaged simple: a few minutes a day is all it takes to let people know what you're up to in your career and, just as important, find out what they're up to. This small investment allows you to share relevant information with individual contacts, be a connector, and stay on top of developments in your field, your industry, and your professional community.
Monster created its BeKnown Facebook app to make managing your professional network even easier. BeKnown leverages your social network on Facebook but allows you to separate professional contacts from friends -- it brings together the world’s largest social network and the world’s largest online career resource, so your entire network can work even harder to grow your career.
Among the first steps to using BeKnown is inviting your contacts to join you there. In BeKnown, you can click on the Network tab and then on the Invite Friends button. You'll see there that you can invite contacts from your Twitter account, your Gmail address book, and your Yahoo! Mail address book -- just click on one of the icons and follow the instructions to grant BeKnown access to those accounts (no one will be contacted without your permission -- you choose the contacts you want to invite).
To invite contacts from a platform or program that doesn’t allow access to contacts, you first need to export those contacts as a CSV file. Here are the simple steps:
1. Export your connections as a CSV file. In LinkedIn, for example, go to the address-book export page, choose Microsoft Outlook (.CSV file) from the Export drop-down menu, enter the security code, and click on Export. This creates a new CSV file containing all your contacts’ information.
Similarly, Microsoft Outlook and other programs let you export contacts to a CSV file.
2. Import those connections into your Gmail or Yahoo! Mail account. (If you don't have one, you can create one for free.)
In Gmail, you click on Contacts, choose Import from the More Actions drop-down menu, click on Browse or Choose File, and then choose the CSV file you created in the first step. Finish by clicking on Import
In Yahoo! Mail, you can click on Contacts, click on the Import Contacts button, and choose Others from the Source menu. Then select "A desktop email program" -- this will allow you to choose your CSV file.
3. Access the contacts from BeKnown. Now that you've added contacts to Gmail or Yahoo! mail, you can follow the simple instructions in BeKnown for inviting those contacts.
(If you receive an error message during upload, you may need to reformat your CSV file -- to get more information on CSV files, visit this Google page).
Want to learn more about BeKnown? Watch our "Welcome to BeKnown" video, and visit BeKnown on Facebook today.
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