so, you wanna get a job in social media? (or any job)

This has come up in conversations a couple times over the last few weeks. There are lots of jobs out there and with the openness of the internet, you can find them and they can find you. You know I’m really big on attitude and positivity. As a former recruiter, I give you a couple things to think about. Now, to me, this stuff seems common sense but I’ve seen otherwise.

You have to think like an employer, if they Google you and find your blog, twitter, FB, what type of feeling are they gonna get from you? How are they going to perceive your attitude as a potential employee?

Here’s a couple things NOT to do:

  • tweet/blog about how hard of a time you are having finding a job
  • tweet how hard up you are for money
  • Complain on your blog about how life is hard/how busy you are doing nothing
  • Whine about not hearing back from an interview
  • Complain about not having a job
  • BE NEGATIVE (downer)

Here’s a couple things TO do:

  • Follow positive people who have jobs you’d like to have; learn from them
  • Blog about things related to jobs you’d like to have
  • Blog/tweet about things you’ve done that would be assets to a company
  • Think about how good it will feel to have a new job
  • Read articles and comment about them
  • follow hashtags about jobs/hiring/your field
  • attend tweetups & meetups in your area
  • BE POSITIVE

There ARE dream jobs out there I promise! I got myself into the job I wanted and I have other friends that have done it too ex. Erin, Abby, CrystalZack.  Erin just published this post on Make Work Meaningful about working at a startup and finding that dream job, I recommend checking it out.

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15 Comments

  1. Kayley
    May 7, 2010 / 6:56 pm

    Casie, you’ve done it again. Always enjoy reading your posts. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  2. May 7, 2010 / 7:01 pm

    this is what i like to call ‘gentle tough love’. great advice that i hope people follow. there’s a lot of talent out there just waiting to be tapped…it’s a shame when ‘DON’Ts’ outshadow their value.

  3. Jess_I
    May 7, 2010 / 6:51 pm

    Great advice! I think it's also important to be involved in tweetups, meetups and whatever when you are working as well…you never know who might help you out down the line! Cheers!

  4. May 7, 2010 / 7:03 pm

    Great article. You're right, these things should be common sense. But for the people who need it spelled out more than usual, you organized it into a very concise, easy to understand post.

    Putting yourself out there is important. Nobody is going to notice you if you don't make yourself visible.

  5. May 7, 2010 / 7:15 pm

    I like to do a mix of the do's and don'ts? you know, just to separate myself from the pack

    also, it's sometimes hard not to complain about not having a job. It's really stressful and brings you down at times. I keep it positive though and use my complaining to help me find new opportunities.

  6. alexjames
    May 13, 2010 / 7:43 pm

    Advice I will be taking. How hard do you figure it is to make a lateral move if you're already in the field? Onward and upward!

  7. May 14, 2010 / 3:05 am

    Fantastic post.

    As a fresh-outta-uni job searchin' social media fanatic, this couldn't have been a more relevant post for me!

    Thanks for the advice – it will be taken to heart.

    My goal is to someday land a gig that's even half as sweet as yours. You're a freakin' inspiration, woman!

    <3L

  8. Anonymous
    August 11, 2010 / 3:42 pm

    Polkaroo!

  9. August 11, 2010 / 3:49 pm

    Nice Post Casie, its a good thing to stay on the positive side of life! This post has given me some ideas too, so thanks for that. Getting together for tweetups must be real fun, I have not had the chance to do this yet! Thanks again for the advice!

  10. Marisa Ba
    August 11, 2010 / 4:58 pm

    What I’m doing now is a perfect example, but it’s so true that reading blogs and commenting on them–getting involved like that–links people back to you and gets you involved in online discussion.

  11. Anonymous
    August 11, 2010 / 5:39 pm

    Great post superstar!! Thanks for the mention!

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