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The Benefits of Using Social Media for Networking

The Benefits of Using Social Media for Networking

Social media is something that the majority of the people on the planet use daily. In fact, 82% of the population of the United States uses social media, and over 4 billion people use it worldwide. While many people primarily use social media as a way to talk to friends, share entertaining content, or learn about what is happening in the world, it can also be incredibly beneficial as a networking tool. In this article, we’ll share some of the main benefits of using social media for networking.

The Beneficial Relationship Between Using Social Media and Networking

Using social media for networking—also referred to as social networking—may seem counterintuitive since social media is where many people go to get away from work and their worries. However, it can be a powerful networking tool. Here’s how:

  • Easily Connect – Everybody loves less work, and let’s be honest, talking to people and socializing in person can be downright draining. This can be especially true when you are trying to network and make connections. Social media makes this easier by allowing you to connect with others online wherever you are in the world, communicate with them when it works for you, and provide a more accessible networking experience overall. 
  • Instant Access – Similarly, social media provides you with instant access to someone’s profile once you have connected with them. This means that networking can be instantaneous and you don’t have to wait for any in-person meetings or events.
  • Share Relevant Information – Using social media to network also enables you to share relevant information with your connections. This makes it easy to swap resumes, share content, send job listings or helpful articles, and more.
  • Reach More People – Utilizing social media for networking also makes it possible to reach more people since so many people are online and it is so easy to connect. This means you don’t have to meet contacts in person in order to connect with them, allowing you to connect with as many people as you want.
  • Stay Up to Date – Social media networking sites like LinkedIn make it incredibly easy to stay up to date on what is happening with your connections. This is because you can share new information, job opportunities, work updates, and keep your finger on the pulse of your network much more easily. This allows you to understand what is happening with the people in your network and ask them for a favor when you need one or provide assistance when they need it.

Thompson-Markward Hall’s Impact

Thompson-Markward Hall (TMH) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the academic and professional success of young women. Located in the heart of Washington, DC, TMH offers safe, affordable, and convenient housing for women working, attending school, or interning in our nation’s capital. Included in the room and board rates are utilities, free high-speed Wi-Fi, breakfast and dinner, and a diverse, welcoming community.

In addition to offering a wonderful place to call home in DC, we provide useful information to residents and prospective applicants as a resource to help them become familiar with DC and be successful in all of their endeavors. Whether you’re currently looking for a place to stay in DC, planning for a potential future here, or simply looking to learn more about the DC area, TMH is here to help!

Learn more about our accommodations or to submit an application today to start enjoying all of the benefits of living at TMH! You can also make a donation to support the crucial work we do!

Resident Resources

Room and board is due on the first of every month. TMH does not issue payment notices. A $20.00 late fee is charged everyday beginning at 9:00 pm on the 5th day of the month until the room and board payment is received. If you are unable to make your monthly payment for any reason, please speak to management immediately.

Room and board includes the first day of the month until the morning of the last day of the month or until the morning of the day of check-out, whichever day comes first.

In the event that a resident does not stay the entire month, rent will be prorated within the same month. To view the pro-rated fee schedule and a list of other fees—click here: TMH Pro-Rated Fee Schedule 6-1-2022


Each resident is asked to abide by the TMH House Rules and Regulations stipulated here: House Rules and ProceduresRule-packet-Emergency-Procedures-Updated-12-2019. Please read this document to become familiar with TMH policies and procedures such as guest policies, meal times, smoking areas, printer and copier use, Internet and telephone use, damage charges, and much more.

Monday-Friday hours / breakfast 7:00am-9:30am dinner 5:45pm – 8:00pm sat hours / breakfast 8:00 – 11:00am sun hours / brunch 8:00 – 11:00am dinner 5:00pm-7:00pm

Weekly Menu

Commuting: Metro stops within walking distance are Union Station, Capitol South, and Eastern Market. Refillable SMARTRIP cards are available for purchase at all metro stops. For more information on public transportation visit WMATA.

Parking: TMH does not offer parking and street parking is limited. Most areas offer 2 hour parking from 7:00am-8:30pm and unlimited overnight parking without a permit. However, if you do not have a Residential Parking Permit and your car is seen in the area repeatedly within a 30-day period you may be ticketed for not obtaining proper tags.

Union Station is the nearest public parking garage. There is generally a wait list for obtaining a parking space. Click here to visit their website to obtain up-to-date information.

Temporary Parking Permits: DC offers Reciprocity Parking Permits in special situations. Click here to see if you qualify. If you meet the requirements, you can obtain a Proof of Residency form from the front office.

Registering Your Vehicle in DC: If you do not meet the requirements for a temporary parking permit, you may choose to register your vehicle in DC. Click here for specific instructions.

Other Transportation Information:

  • Voting: To become a registered voter in the DC area, visit the Board of Elections & Ethics. Please note that you must unregister from your current voting state in order to register as a voter in DC.
  • DC One Card: DC has a new initiative to incorporate multiple cards into one all-inclusive card. The DCOne Card is a library card, Metro card, and can grant access to Public Parks programs. Click here to register or get more information.
  • DC Plastic Bag Policy: Washington DC’s Skip the Bag, Save the River Initiative requires a $0.05 fee per bag from businesses selling food and alcohol. Be sure to take reusable bags with you to the grocery store to avoid the fee.
  • DC Emergency Alerts: The DC Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Response has an alert system to notify residents of severe weather, police activity, road closures, and school and government closings. Notifications can be received via email or text message and can be specified to neighborhoods or work areas. For text alerts sign up here.
  • DC Metropolitan Police Resources: DC Metro PD offers several resources as well as an anonymous tip line for security concerns. You can find the tip line number as well as other important emergency phone numbers here.