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CareerBuilder Launches Professional Community


Workers Turning to Online Networking to Promote Their Talent and Connect with Other Professionals

CHICAGO.- It’s not all about just a resume and cover letter anymore. A highly competitive job market has many workers adjusting their job search strategies. According to a new CareerBuilder survey of more than 4,200 workers, 16 percent of workers have used social networking sites as a part of their job search mix. Now, in an effort to provide a new online resource for professionals, CareerBuilder has officially launched - a free talent community for workers of all levels and industries to showcase their talents. users highlight their talent through customizable profiles that reflect their backgrounds, skills and specialties. In addition to basic personal and professional information, workers can add recommendations from contacts, community activities, Twitter updates, RSS feeds to a blog or Web site, and much more to their profiles.

“In this difficult job market, online networking is an important piece of the puzzle for workers wishing to build professional relationships, and ultimately, connect with their next great job,” said Liz Harvey, senior director of online products for CareerBuilder. “With more than 1.6 million users, has become a thriving professional community. Workers of all levels can use to have that important open dialogue - while promoting themselves and recommending others.”

While offers all the basics features of a networking site, such as customizable profiles and groups, it also provides advanced features, including:

# Facebook® Application – users can publish the main elements of their BrightFuse profile as a tab on their Facebook profile, allowing them to share their professional side with their network of friends.

# Portfolio Posting - Uploading a digital portfolio helps workers enhance their personal brand. Users who have portfolio pieces, such as presentations, design work or writing samples, for example, can post these documents directly to their profiles to share with their contacts.

# Groups - With thousands of groups based on everything from industries to business travelers to happy hour frequenters, there’s a spot for everyone on to interact and connect with others.

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