5 Amazing Stories of People Getting a Job Through Social Media
With some SnapChat savvy, a strong Instagram game, and wide-spread Twitter influence any student can gain a serious number of followers, likes…and a job? It’s time to rethink how recruiting works if you are a student trying to reach a company that you really want to work for. So can you really get a job through social media?
As technology opens up new channels for companies and people to interact, getting a job through social media is no longer as crazy as it sounds. Here we have 5 stories of people who got their first job through social media with a bit of hustle and creativity instead of going through the conventional channels of job fairs and job postings.
Okay let’s dive into the stories:
How she got hired: Ampel was a Miami Herald intern who got ambitious with her Twitter followers. “One of the people I followed was the managing editor of the South Florida Business Journal,” she said. “They had a job open, so he emailed me and asked if I was interested. They were impressed that I was social media savvy.” Part of her job at the Business Journal was to tweet several times a day, so she was a great fit.
Her top tip: Be proactive. “It’s a good idea to follow and interact with people in your field on Twitter,” she said. “Tweet about your work, but throw in some personal tweets so people can get a sense of who you are. Use common sense and keep them tasteful.”
Clark Walker, Barber
How he got hired: Walker’s Instagram feed is a virtual journal of people he’s met and hair he’s cut. He followed Fellow Barber and noticed they were hiring, so he left them a comment about how he’d always wanted to work there. “They took a look at some of my pictures,” he said. “It allowed them to see what I could do, what I had been up to, and a little about myself. It’s definitely not the only thing that got me hired, but it gave them a chance to get to know me and my skill set.”
His top tip: It never hurts to market yourself, Walker said, especially if it’s free…but keep in mind who might see your posts. “Instagram can turn into a great way to show off your portfolio and what types of professional skills you’ve got, or it can be used to show off your selfies and fancy appetizers. Do what you want with it, just know lots of people might take a look one day.”
Abigail Carney, Journalist & Banner Butter employee
How she got hired: She saw a tweet about a job offer at Do512, a local events blog, and responded right away. “I use Twitter a lot for networking and sharing ideas with other writers, editors, and communications people,” she said. “They were looking for someone social media savvy and in the know, and I guess that was me.”
Carney also did a stint as a part-time butter factory worker, because why not? “Banner Butter posted on Instagram about looking for part-time workers, so I emailed them from there,” she said. “I’d just posted in a Facebook group a few days prior that I needed some part-time work to offset freelance life chaos, and the universe and my friends delivered (via the internet, of course).”
Her top tip: Promote yourself by being yourself. “Figure out a genuine, true-to-yourself way to stand out,” she said. “I’m not necessarily the coolest or most qualified cat, but when responding via Instagram and Twitter I try to use fun and interesting sentences, calling on my copywriting background. Shoe them some spunk and surprise them—you can do it in 140 characters! Also make sure your social media account(s) of choice reflect what you’re about. I’m a kooky freelance writer who does a myriad of things, so my accounts are goofy stories and pensive, weird photos and ponderings. Know yourself.”
We hope that these stories inspire you to get creative on how you can get a job through social media. We would love to hear your recruiting story in the comments. Speaking of unconventional job search methods did you read the story of how this student landed a job at Cisco through a MindSumo challenge?