Social networking works!Feb 14
Being a new resident of Hawaii, I knew social networking was an area I should explore (in addition to mountains and beaches, of course). Prior to moving here, I made connections on Twitter that led to freelance work and job interviews, but I knew there were local social networking opportunities, as well.
Social Wahines is a membership-based social and business network for women who live and work in Hawaii. I began following Social Wahines on Twitter, visited the website frequently for upcoming events I may be interested in attending and subscribed to the free email newsletter. I was reluctant to join, however, because I wasn’t sure that the annual membership fee would be worth it. In less than 24 hours, I learned that it is definitely worth it!
I joined Social Wahines, created a profile highlighting my journalism, writing and editing experience, and began exploring the members-only areas of the website. I was disappointed to see that the Careers section was stale, with the most recent job opportunities posted on Jan. 5, and the previous on Oct. 11. I quickly learned, though, that job opportunities could be found through other areas of Social Wahines.
The next morning, I received an email from Social Wahines member Dr. Diana Joy Ostroff, one of the world’s best naturopathic physicians and owner of the Center for Natural Healing in Honolulu. Dr. Ostroff was looking for assistance with writing and editing projects and had discovered me through Social Wahines. I was happy to meet with her to discuss her needs and how I may be of assistance, and I’m proud to say that it has led to a new partnership between us.
I’m really excited to be working with Dr. Ostroff, and I’m so grateful to Social Wahines for the opportunities the organization provides for professional women living and working here in Hawaii. In addition to networking opportunities and newsletters, Social Wahines holds seminars, has discussion boards, discounts on products and services from its members, and so much more. I highly recommend becoming a member of Social Wahines to any professional woman in Hawaii.