THE MISSION

Posted: 5th July 2010 by Damon
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Social media is changing the way we consume and disperse information, both at home and at work.  But can it change the way we find work?  Let’s find out, together.

It’s 2010.  The computer is as much a part of our lives as the television, and the Internet has changed the game (well, for about 75% of Americans anyway).  Where do we turn for information, entertainment, and gossip?  It’s not the newspaper, that’s for sure.  Speaking of newspapers, the Internet has not only rendered them useless as it relates to print journalism, but also for finding a career.  The Internet is full of sites with pages upon pages of job listings, even sites that aggregate specific fields to make your job hunting experience easier.  Yet, despite our ability to find as many job listings as we could possibly imagine, people still struggle to land the position they’re looking for.

So what are we, on average, spending most of our time doing each day on the Internet?  Believe it or not, we’re updating our status on Facebook and “friending” people.   That’s right, Americans are spending more time using Facebook each day (personally, I prefer Twitter) than they are using sites like Google, Yahoo, YouTube, Microsoft/Bing, Wikipedia, and Amazon… combined.  Given that information, tell me why I’d try to start writing the next chapter of my career by applying for jobs using traditional means?  Filling out applications online and posting a résumé on 20 different websites just doesn’t cut it anymore.  That’s what everyone else is doing.

It’s time to do something different.  It’s time to use social media to my advantage.

There are ways that you can help me accomplish this goal, and we’ll talk more about that in a moment.  But first I need to explain how I’ll be holding up my end of the bargain and what you can expect to see here on my site until the mission is accomplished.

Over the course of the next however-long-it-takes, I’ll be posting entries about broadcasting/journalism/new media jobs which I have applied for in some way, shape, or form.  By that I mean, there may be instances where I have yet to “formally” apply, but have created a job-specific Twitter account, or Facebook pages which will draw attention to the position I’m interested in.  Of course, I’ll also go through all the formal processes, but sometimes these things pop up quick and I’ll need to complete what I deem to be the most important factors of the process first.  That only makes sense, right?

My entries on the site will also include an interview process of sorts.  At the very least, the information will be similar to the topics discussed in a first interview.  Why do this?  Well, a prospective employer’s time is valuable.  If I have the ability to give them some preliminary thoughts on how I might fit in on their team, then I’m going to do it.  I’ll talk about my strengths and weaknesses as they relate to the job opening, as well as some thoughts on how I might work to maintain or adjust the company’s efforts as they relate to the position I’m seeking.  Of course, this site already includes plenty of standard information that a prospective employer would also need from me.  That information can be found in the “About Me” and “Résumé” sections (and soon, the “Media” section will showcase some of my prior work).

So how can you help?  Follow the Twitter accounts, visit the Facebook pages, and spread the word like wildfire.  If you have an opinion on which job might be the best for me, share it!  This isn’t a one way street, and I’ll consider anything you might have to offer.  Think of me as the latest NBA free agent to hit the market, except my situation is a little closer to that of Cedric Jackson rather than LeBron James.  And for me, the L.A. Clippers aren’t an afterthought!

Foreshadowing?  I guess you’ll have to stick around to find out.

[h/t to Eric Romer]