Twitter is not just for talking about your dog or your lunch. Tens of thousands of businesses are using twitter, quite a few of which are using it to help in their search for new employees – and that means there is some great opportunities to find your perfect job through social media. Traci Koller did just that!
- Which social media tools were you using when you got noticed? Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, but was focusing my networking on Twitter and Tweetups with other marketing professionals. I had moved back to Dallas after spending four years in Manhattan and was searching for a position while I temped. My background is primarily PR-centric (I’ve worked on accounts at Edelman and Fleishman-Hillard NYC).
- How did you get connected with the company? I’d tweeted with Cameron Gawley (@cgawley) a few times through Twitter because of Social Media Club of Dallas, and quite a few of my social media contacts are friends with him. We met at a Tweetup and within a few minutes, we were discussing my resume and he mentioned the position with NBCF. I was laid off from my position as an executive assistant (which was clearly a blessing in disguise; I didn’t like my job, I missed being in marketing/PR) that same week.]
- How long did it take from the first conversation to your hire date? Two weeks or so. I was laid off on a Friday, had two interviews with NBCF the following week, then the team all went to SXSW for a week. When they were on their way back, my now boss (@brandlessons) called and said I had the job, and I started the following Monday.
- What are you doing for the company? Community Coordinator; I handle the social media, online community, website issues that may arise, as well as working with the team on our digital strategy.
- Anything else about your story you would like to share? Social media is a GREAT way to network if you really work at it! It’s a conversation, not a tunnel, and you can’t expect people to do your work for you. I’ve met so many contacts, made a ton of friends, started talking to my boyfriend (in a roundabout way; he’s the frat brother of a friend of mine whom I met through social media) and found a job. I’m obviously a fan!
Do you have a great story to share about how social media changed your life in business?