HOW TO: Get a Job Using Social Media (and Other Traditional Tactics)

On the WordPress home page, I stumbled upon a featured article titled “How NOT to Get a Job After Graduation”.  To my surprise, the article consisted of an awesome slideshow (embedded below).  An even bigger surprise was the second half of the presentation, which included tips on how to leverage social media in your job search.

I’ll let you get through the presentation yourself, but what stuck out to me is this: that although social media has changed the dynamics of job search a bit,  the basic system pretty much remains intact – i.e. as follows:

Research > Create a Target List > Reach Out

Tip #6 (Don’t “Lose It” Once You Land a Job) is also a good one. With the availability of sites such as LinkedIn and Facebook nowadays, it’s really unacceptable to lose touch with your connections.

Adding “Takeaway Tweets” on her presentation was another nice surprise. What a genius idea! Seriously! Making it easy for your audience to tweet about your presentation is such a great tactic. It builds buzz arout your event, but it also ensures that they don’t spend too much time thinking of something to type and (therefore) not listening to you.

On a side note, it’s great to see that she’s from PR, a field I’m kind of thinking about right now.  (I’ll be following her blog from now on.)

Anyway, just go through the presentation below. I think you’ll be impressed.

Careers in Marketing Panel

Photo Credit: SFU's Work Integrated Learning / Online Learning Community

Note: This article first appeared on SFU’s Online Learning Community, where I regularly contribute about social media and work & student life.

On September 28, 2010, the SFU Business Career Management Centre hosted a panel of marketing professionals at SFU Segal downtown. The purpose of the session was to give insights to current SFU Business students on what it’s like to actually be in the field.

The night’s panel included:

After a quick introduction about the panelists, students asked questions, ranging from the panelists’ day to day activities, to their thoughts on social media.

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Decisions: Calculated Risks, Priorities, and Opportunity Costs


Photo Credit: Wordle.net

When I came back to school a few months ago, I made what I thought at that time was a decisive decision – not to do co-op.  There were several reasons for this. First, I really thought I was getting old. Getting back to school after a few years off makes you feel that way. Second, I felt that I had enough experience. In my short time with eBay, I’ve held three roles, one of which affected the entire Customer Support organization.

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