Finding a Job Through the Power of Social Media

Although this blog is centered on the topic of public relations in social media, why not take on the topic of finding a public relations job through social media (or any job for that matter)?

If you are reading this blog, PR is obviously an interest of yours. However, I ran across this video that does a great job of explaining what it means to be a PR professional.

In 2008, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported public relations specialists held about 275,200 jobs.

“Employment of public relations specialists is expected to grow 24 percent from 2008 to 2018, much faster than the average for all occupations,” according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition reviewing the field of Public Relations. “The need for good public relations in an increasingly competitive and global business environment should spur demand for these workers, especially those with specialized knowledge or international experience. Employees who possess additional language capabilities also are in great demand.”

With social media becoming more productive and evolving everyday, instead of Tweeting how much you hate class or bringing down your reputation with expressing how hung over you are through your facebook status (classy), why not direct some of that attention into finding a job?

Twitter is leading the way in social media sites when it comes to job postings. Sharlyn Lauby wrote a blog on Mashable/Social Media saying about 300 to 500 jobs are posted on Twitter per minute. Carmen Hudson, CEO and co-founder of Tweetajob, gave out this information.

Tweetajob is a company that sends job tweets that match a job seeker’s location and career interests.

Sounds great, doesn’t it? Well, Hudson heads a warning.

“Many of these jobs are duplicates, or from aggregators. It’s likely the number of real opportunities could be much lower,” Hudson said. “There is quite a bit of ‘job pollution’ on Twitter, because the job boards and many employers don’t target their job tweets.”

Don’t let this be a discouragement. The name of the game is finding the jobs!

This is where hashtags come into play.

Through the recommendation of Hudson, hashtags offer a way to sift through all the mud and uncover the sweet treasures of employment.

Here is a great site that provides an synopsis of Hashtags.

Here is a list of hashtags off Lauby’s blog, and some others I have found.

  • #prjobs
  • #jobs
  • #greenjobs
  • #jobposting
  • #jobadvice
  • #jobhunt
  • #jobsearch
  • #dreamjob
  • #hired
  • #PR

There are hundreds more but these are the ones I found beneficial. To check out more, visit the Career Rocketeer for their 100 top job search hashtags.

Another great place to look is on Mashable’s 40+ Jobs in Social Media You Can Apply for Today.

If you are interested in social media, or just plain addicted, Mashable’s job boards features job listings for a variety of positions in the web, social media space and beyond. It truly is amazing and a push in the right direction for…oh, say…the senior Texas Tech University student looking to move to the D.C. area? Yes.

The best thing to always remember comes from the audible chocolate of the great Jameson Webb:

“Don’t seek anything you can’t see yourself doing everyday for the rest of your life. Why work all week waiting for the weekend and when the weekend comes you already dread Monday. That’s not life – that’s a slow death.”

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