Campus recruiting, employee referrals, corporate career sites—these are just a few of the many ways that you can find a job. But what about social media? Valerie wrote two blog posts on “Professional Networking and Social Media, Why All the Buzz?” (Part 1 and Part 2), highlighting the connection between the two and how it could help you. But don’t take it from me, take it from someone who found her job at Intel through social media IRL! (That’s ‘In Real Life’ for those of you who may be unfamiliar with that shorthand.)
Kelsey shared her story on her personal blog not too long ago, but because we follow each other on Twitter, I caught wind of it, read it, LOVED it and knew I wanted to share it. She too was searching for a summer internship and was feeling distraught at the way things were going. But then, things changed with a simple chirp—-literally. She came across a tweet with an opportunity that just screamed her name and now she is on an extended internship in social media marketing with Intel.
How did she do it? She shares some of her on how social media can get you a job—but these are just the brief versions, she has more detail on her blog:
- Get an account: By having an account on social media platforms, you’ll have more access to hear about up and coming opportunities. This doesn’t mean go out and join every single social networking site out there: do what’s comfortable for you. Try starting withTwitter and LinkedIn!
- Grow yourself professionally: Your social media should reflect who you are and how you want to be seen.
- Make connections: Follow companies and people in the industry that interest you, make connections with the people you follow and the ones who follow you and network, network, network!
How’s that for a social media success story? But I’m not doing Kelsey’s story justice: you need to check out her blog post, complete with videos and screenshots, and see for yourself! And you can also follow her on Twitter, @Kelsey_Wilkins if you have any more questions!