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Found a Dream Job at a Tweetup

Found a Dream Job at a Tweetup

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!

Traci Koller (@heykolls) found her dream job working with the National Breast Cancer Foundation (@NBCF) in Frisco, TX simply through social media connections. Here is a bit of her story:

  1. 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).
  2. 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.]
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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?

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  1. Fantastic post! More and more people are networking and getting an internship or job through relationships gained via social media – on the computer. I recommend starting with regular participation in Twitter career chats. In twitter chats, such as #jobhuntchat, #hfchat, and many others, job seekers have the unique opportunity to interact with CEO’s and recruiters having specific questions answered. Additionally, as I mentioned above, this is a great way to start building business relationships that can lead to a job or internship in the future.

    Matthew Forrest
    Social Media Marketing Intern, YouTern

  2. So many ways to reach out in the market place to get your name out there. It’s amazing how the internet is really the “Hub” when it comes to finding employment.

  3. I agree that valuable connections can be made through the use of social media. Unfortunately though, a lot of people only use it to socialize with family and friends because they don’t know how to put it to work for them. Most people I know are on FB, but few have LI or Twitter accts. I believe more people would utilize social media if they knew how and understood the benefits.

  4. I always like to learn new ways to help my students find their dream job.

  5. This articles shows that twitter and other social media sites are important for job seekers. Smart job seekers need to consider using all of these opportunities.

  6. Many agencies and companies as well as higher education institutions are using twitter and other social media to post jobs. These companies are trying to get the word out to many different individuals who might be looking for a job or potential career change. It is a smart move. In fact, there is a government agency that has developed rules and regulations to clarify who is an applicant and how to treat the online applicant.

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