So way, way back in the good old days (January of 2009) this little minion was laid off from her job and decided that she was going to come out of the blogging closet with her true identity. Ah, memories. Why did I decide to come out when I did? You see, part of why I decided to get my name out there because I was convinced that my participation in social media could help me get a new job.
I am proud of my blog and was happy to claim it publicly, I swiftly reached out to others in the blogging community, and I even started getting more involved in the local HR community. By coming out with my real identity I was able to form better relationships and more opportunities within the social media realm came my way. It really made a difference and I’m still happy with my decision. But did social media get me a job?
Yes. Well, no. But yes? If you’re looking for a straight answer you aren’t going to get one. Over the last two years I have had 4 contract positions while looking for something more permanent. Of those 4 roles, 3 of them were referrals for positions that I would never learned of without the referrals. Of those 3, 2 of those referrals came from connections I would have never made if not for social media. And of those 2, I’m now thrilled to say, 1 of those positions will now become a permanent role! That’s right, this minion is officially off the market and what’s even crazier, I’m moving to Orlando!
So what does the above mean? Well, it would certainly imply that social media got me a job. After all, I would have never even heard of this job if not for a connection I made online. But, did it really? For the job seeker, social media can be useful, but it’s just a tool like any other. My social media involvement would have meant nothing if I hadn’t taken the relationships started online, offline. And really, isn’t it more accurate to say that my ability to build relationships and network helped me get a job? Or is it both? Social media may be a tool, but you need tools to get things done as much as you need the skills to use them.
You see what I mean? I’m totally confused about it myself. I invite you to draw your own conclusions and I would love to hear what you think in the comments. And in the end, regardless how I got the job, I’m really happy I did. Now, I wonder how much trouble I can stir up in Orlando?