You are surrounded by social media and are probably using it now whether your realize it or not. Which tools are your currently using?
A way to identify your unique skills/traits/characteristics and point of view. A way to gain “insider” information on various fields, careers, companies, trends to help with decision making. A way to connect with key networks more easily and quickly. Less formal—a conversation
While many people see the benefits to social media, the volume, speed and accessibility of information can also be overwhelming. And generational difference in views of relationships and communication styles become really evident when discussing social media. Addiction to twitter, expectations for instant info and responses, boundary issues, privacy issues? Is there such a thing as Too Much Information? Remember these are just tools to help support a very traditional and fundamental behavior—building and maintaining relationships (networking). Personal contact and face to face time still trump and are important to successful/long lasting relationships: tweetups, phone/email, meeting in person.
Social media has made it easier for students/clients to access key insider information beyond corporate sites and traditional means of career education. Learning directly from those who are in jobs/careers that you would want to pursue allows you to develop a more realistic understanding of what exists and how to go about reaching specific goals. As you develop interests and skills you can share those with others who share similar passions and this becomes your key network. We all know it is who you know that helps you reach the next level and find new opportunities and advice.
Why show you a survey for marketing budgets in 09 from major corporate, publishing and agency marketing departments (196 in survey) b/c your brand is all about marketing. Seeing what corporate marketing trends are can help us understand why social media is so important to marketing our own “product,” US!
Recent survey of HR professionals showed that 93 % used LinkedIn followed by Facebook at 70% (hrmarketer.com) Networks (online & personal) are still the #1 way companies find new talent , CareerXroads surveys show 27% of hires come from referrals , vs. job boards at 12%
Twitter is an online service that enables you to broadcast short messages to your friends or &quot;followers.&quot; It also lets you specify which Twitter users you want to follow so you can read their messages in one place. Some better questions than “What are you doing?” are “What do we have in common?” or “What is holding my attention?”
Southwest gives out coupons or announces deals via Twitter account. Jet Blue ambassadors
KPMG, Allstate, Burger King, Intel, Verizon all on twitter.
Internship Workshop—Summer 09 “ The Social Media Guide” Mashable - Listings of social media related resources, lists, articles. TIME: Using Twitter and Facebook to find a job http://www. facebook .com/ext/share. php ? sid =204386715186&h=- ArAL &u=Er06R&ref=mf 5 Applications to help you find people on Twitter www. readwriteweb .com/archives/5_ways_to_find_more_friends_on_twitter. php Twellow www. twellow .com/ -Twitter “yellow pages” Where to find your job on Twitter www. careerrocketeer .com/2009/05/where-to-find-your-job-on-twitter.html How to use Twitter (video): http://www. howcast .com/videos/149055-How-To-Use-Twitter Top 50 employers on Twitter: http://www.job-hunt.org/job-search-news/2009/06/09/top-50-employers-recruiting-on-twitter/ resources