So, if you’re reading this blog, you are probably one of the many people out there that utilizes social media in your daily routine. And, if you’re reading this, there may be a chance that you’re also looking at what job opportunities are available in the event planning industry. It’s no secret that we are still struggling to get our economy rolling again. However, that’s not to say that there are no event planning jobs available. Whether you’re looking for a job in NYC, Chicago, Philadelphia or Timbuktu, social media can be a great medium to utilize for your search. However, with this economy, it does mean is that you have to become a little smarter and perhaps quicker than the next guy.
You Use Social Media to Interact, Why Don’t You Use It for Job Hunting
Part of the reason why I’m writing this post today is that I had a recent encounter during a networking event. The person that I was speaking with has had considerable experience in the meetings and event industry. She was also looking for a new job. It struck me as odd when I asked her what resources she was utilizing for her job search and social media wasn’t mentioned. The reason it struck me as odd is that this person was very adept at social media and was using it for other aspects of her job tasks. And using it rather correctly as well I might add. So I asked why she wasn’t considering her various social media accounts for her job search. I got a puzzled look in return.
From my networking conversation I then reached out to many of my colleagues who had changed jobs within the last 2 to 3 years. I asked them how they went about finding their new careers. I was surprised at how few utilize social media for their job search.
Here Are A Few Simple Techniques That You Can Employ When Searching for Careers on Social Media:
Twitter. Login to your twitter account and simply enter job opportunities in the search field. The return will provide you with suggested followers that are involved in career placement. There are many to choose from. Of course make sure you take the time and ensure that people you start to follow are relative to the event planning industry.
Facebook. Very similar to the way that you searched in Twitter. Here’s an example of pages that I was presented with when I entered the search term “job opportunities”. A hint here is to look for how many likes the pages have (in addition to the industry that they are representing). Not that pages have to have a lot of likes to be reputable, however, it does say a bit about their longevity.
LinkedIn. Very simply, when you login to LinkedIn select the category “jobs” from the top of the page. From there, can narrow your search for the type of event planning job were seeking. You can also set up LinkedIn to present reminders and updates it is a nifty little feature.
So for any of you that are considering event planning jobs, I strongly suggest you turn your search to your social media accounts. You will be surprised with the outcome.