How to Use Social Media to Open Doors

It’s that day and age when everyone and their brother is on social media. From celebrity tweets to your grandma’s birthday pictures, social media connects the world in a way we have never seen before.

So how do you use this powerful tool to your advantage? Here are some tips for how to use social media like a pro:

  1.     Create a personal website

Okay, so it’s not quite social media, but you can definitely link it to your pages. This site is a place you can share your contact information, house your portfolio, and give future employers a way to get to know you. It is also a way to show off your design skills and personality.

  1.     Reach out to those people that inspire you

Have you ever been perusing Instagram and wished you could be one of those bloggers or adventurers you like to follow? Or do you follow any inspirational self-made entrepreneurs? The best way to find out how someone got to where they are now is to simply ask questions. You never know what can happen when you DM someone…

  1.     Post about cool opportunities you have had and tag others

Anytime you have the opportunity to do something out of the ordinary such as attend a conference, meet a speaker, or travel to an unexpected place, post about it. Do feel like you’re bragging, but rather you’re virtually recording your experience. Think of this more as creative resume documentation. Also, if your goal is to go into any sort of marketing/design-work/event planning type field, this will help you stand out!

  1.     Follow companies you might want to work for

Whether it’s on LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, or some other platform you’re on, make sure you like or follow companies you are really interested in. You may not think they take notice, but believe me, they will check when they think about interviewing you. Another plus of following a company is it is a great way to get to know them on a more personal level and start to understand their culture.

  1.     Keep your pages clean

Everyone wants to share everything that is happening to them. It may seem like a good idea at the time to post that 2am selfie, but remember that once something is on the internet it is there forever. Before you post, think about whether your grandmother would be happy to see it. This seems cliché I know, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.

The internet is an amazing tool. It can open up so many opportunities for you, but it can also be an unforeseen enemy. Remember that if you post it, people can and will see it. Just think, with no more effort than you already put into social media, it may just be your ticket to the dream job you never thought you wanted.

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