Welcome!

Agile Computing Authors: Yeshim Deniz, Elizabeth White, Zakia Bouachraoui, Pat Romanski, Liz McMillan

Article

Seven Amazing Times Social Media Helped Land a Job

Making career moves with social networks

Competitive job markets make it tough to start or grow a career; everyone is scrambling to catch the attention of their ideal employer. Social media is one tool that you can use to get some notice for yourself. Take some inspiration from the following stories.

The Super Sweet Tweet

Image via Flickr by mkhmarketing

social recruiting blog lists some amazing stories of how social media has helped people land jobs, including the story of Bilal Jaffery. How can you make yourself shine in 140 characters or less? Vala Afshar put that challenge to potential recruits for a position at Enterasys. The tweet read: "I am hiring a director of #marketing, focused on higher-ed; six figure salary, amazing team. Apply via Twitter. #jobs". Afshar refused to accept traditional resumes. Bilal Jaffery landed the job-all because of one tweet that captured Afshar's attention and highlighted his job skills.

While it may take more than a tweet or two for most people to land a job, Jaffery's experience teaches a valuable lesson. Use social media to connect with companies that interest you. You never know where the connections might lead.

A Mind Blowing Blog

This next example tells the story of someone who definitely wrote more than 140 characters. Kiley Stenberg started a fashion blog because she wanted to express herself creatively, and it was something she loved to do. Her passion for fashion earned her the attention of Badower's, a local men's boutique, who wanted her help to open a shop for women.

The best thing about this experience? Before she got the job with Badower's, she was not working in the fashion industry. Indeed, a creative outlet can sometimes lead to rewards that go beyond personal satisfaction.

Another blogging success story comes from Neetzan Zimmerman, who spent hours and hours on his blog every day before finally finding an employer that pays him to do what he loves-that is, blog.

Savvy Ads

While posting an ad online as part of your job search may seem like a shot in the dark, success stories say otherwise. Nicolette Weinbaum paid $200 for an ad on LinkedIn. The ad met with an astounding response. She received more than 50 emails, several interview invites, and ultimately, just what she was looking for-a job.

Another woman set her sights on a job with HarperCollins and subsequently landed the job after she posted an ad on Facebook. A well-spent $150, wouldn't you say?

The above examples show that the simple act of making yourself and your wants known can lead to good things. Don't be shy about putting yourself out there.

The Viral Video

One article at careerenlightenment.com posed the question, "Is Social Media Helping or Hindering Young People's Career Prospects?" Certainly, young people who advertise questionable conduct or irresponsible attitudes via social media are hurting their job prospects. Social media can also tip off hiring managers if a candidate is being untruthful about their skills.

However, some people are able to use social media to their great advantage. Matthew Epstein struggled in his job search for a while before he created YouTube video that went viral on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook. Apple and Google both invited him for interviews.

Connection Crazy

Mike Montano decided that he wanted a job in social media. In a week-long campaign, he pursued connections with a multitude of companies via a variety of social media platforms. You can guess what happened next. He landed a job.

This highlights the fact that one of the best ways to use the Internet to find a job is by grabbing connections wherever you can find them. The Internet makes it easy for job recruiters and job seekers to get in touch, evaluate each other, and pair the right people with their dream jobs. It isn't difficult to friend coworkers on Facebook, follow your favorite brands and companies on Twitter, and build an interest-arousing profile on LinkedIn.

The above stories are exceptional examples of how social media can help people land jobs, but the value of social media to job hunters is undeniable. Build up your profiles, do something creative, and who knows? Maybe your dream job is waiting for you.

More Stories By Calvin Sellers

Calvin Sellers is a mobile technology and social media writer from Tampa, FL. He has worked to create captivating content for clients in many niches. Follow him on Twitter @CalvintheScribe.

IoT & Smart Cities Stories
When talking IoT we often focus on the devices, the sensors, the hardware itself. The new smart appliances, the new smart or self-driving cars (which are amalgamations of many ‘things'). When we are looking at the world of IoT, we should take a step back, look at the big picture. What value are these devices providing. IoT is not about the devices, its about the data consumed and generated. The devices are tools, mechanisms, conduits. This paper discusses the considerations when dealing with the...
Charles Araujo is an industry analyst, internationally recognized authority on the Digital Enterprise and author of The Quantum Age of IT: Why Everything You Know About IT is About to Change. As Principal Analyst with Intellyx, he writes, speaks and advises organizations on how to navigate through this time of disruption. He is also the founder of The Institute for Digital Transformation and a sought after keynote speaker. He has been a regular contributor to both InformationWeek and CIO Insight...
CloudEXPO New York 2018, colocated with DXWorldEXPO New York 2018 will be held November 11-13, 2018, in New York City and will bring together Cloud Computing, FinTech and Blockchain, Digital Transformation, Big Data, Internet of Things, DevOps, AI, Machine Learning and WebRTC to one location.
Bill Schmarzo, Tech Chair of "Big Data | Analytics" of upcoming CloudEXPO | DXWorldEXPO New York (November 12-13, 2018, New York City) today announced the outline and schedule of the track. "The track has been designed in experience/degree order," said Schmarzo. "So, that folks who attend the entire track can leave the conference with some of the skills necessary to get their work done when they get back to their offices. It actually ties back to some work that I'm doing at the University of San...
Andrew Keys is Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise. He comes to ConsenSys Enterprise with capital markets, technology and entrepreneurial experience. Previously, he worked for UBS investment bank in equities analysis. Later, he was responsible for the creation and distribution of life settlement products to hedge funds and investment banks. After, he co-founded a revenue cycle management company where he learned about Bitcoin and eventually Ethereal. Andrew's role at ConsenSys Enterprise is a mul...
IoT is rapidly becoming mainstream as more and more investments are made into the platforms and technology. As this movement continues to expand and gain momentum it creates a massive wall of noise that can be difficult to sift through. Unfortunately, this inevitably makes IoT less approachable for people to get started with and can hamper efforts to integrate this key technology into your own portfolio. There are so many connected products already in place today with many hundreds more on the h...
DXWorldEXPO | CloudEXPO are the world's most influential, independent events where Cloud Computing was coined and where technology buyers and vendors meet to experience and discuss the big picture of Digital Transformation and all of the strategies, tactics, and tools they need to realize their goals. Sponsors of DXWorldEXPO | CloudEXPO benefit from unmatched branding, profile building and lead generation opportunities.
DXWorldEXPO LLC announced today that Telecom Reseller has been named "Media Sponsor" of CloudEXPO | DXWorldEXPO 2018 New York, which will take place on November 11-13, 2018 in New York City, NY. Telecom Reseller reports on Unified Communications, UCaaS, BPaaS for enterprise and SMBs. They report extensively on both customer premises based solutions such as IP-PBX as well as cloud based and hosted platforms.
In his keynote at 19th Cloud Expo, Sheng Liang, co-founder and CEO of Rancher Labs, discussed the technological advances and new business opportunities created by the rapid adoption of containers. With the success of Amazon Web Services (AWS) and various open source technologies used to build private clouds, cloud computing has become an essential component of IT strategy. However, users continue to face challenges in implementing clouds, as older technologies evolve and newer ones like Docker c...
The best way to leverage your Cloud Expo presence as a sponsor and exhibitor is to plan your news announcements around our events. The press covering Cloud Expo and @ThingsExpo will have access to these releases and will amplify your news announcements. More than two dozen Cloud companies either set deals at our shows or have announced their mergers and acquisitions at Cloud Expo. Product announcements during our show provide your company with the most reach through our targeted audiences.