iSchool Career Services Newsletter 10/29/2012

How Social Media Can Further your Career

Are you using social media to its maximum capacity in your job search? Here are ways to use the three biggest and most common social media outlets for your job-seeking advantage!

1. LinkedIn. Use it as your online resume, and share the link with recruiters or in emails to folks you’re networking with. Even sharing it with your friends can help people understand what your skills are when they might never have known. Connect with professionals you meet to stay in touch, and join groups to further broaden your network and keep on top of events or trends in your field through discussion. LinkedIn is also home to many job postings, so check the update stream for them. LinkedIn “Today” is customizable news content for the industry you are associated with in your profile, and can be a great source of small talk topics or conversational points to engage people you’re networking with.

2. Facebook. Above all, remember that what you post on Facebook could be read by a much broader audience than you anticipate. While it’s a personal social networking site, recruiters, graduate school admissions representatives, hiring managers, and past, present or future coworkers are all capable of making assessments of your personality and character based on your online content here. So brand yourself as a professional and as a person of character even in this space. Create lists of contacts to manage the content that you want people to see, but remember that your privacy and impact is your responsibility. Post updates on what you’re working on, post when you’re seeking an internship or job to let people know you’re looking, and curate your content to represent yourself well to those who might want to work with you or who might consider recommending you to people they know. “Like” company pages on Facebook to see job postings or get industry and company news that you could use, and liking broader pages like the Social Jobs Partnership or Geekwire can help you stay connected to helpful employment or industry knowledge too.

3. Twitter. Use twitter to follow informative feeds, like company-specific HR or career twitter feeds, for example. Most large companies have these, and will post jobs to their twitter feed. Conferences often host twitter feeds and you can use these to have conversations and network with professionals who are also attending the event. Post content that is smart and contributes something of value to your followers, and you’ll build a reputation as a competent professional. Tweet to provide a tip that you’ve learned or that has made your work easier, or share information about a topic of interest in technology or information science or librarianship, and you’ll begin to create a name for yourself, and will have evidence of your professional competence that recruiters or hiring managers will be able to see.

Using social media can be an incredibly strong complement to your job search strategy if you approach it professionally, and can be a boost to how others see you as a professional. It’s a key part of personal branding, and a very useful way to network and connect with others in your field, and social networking sites are all ways to find actual posted jobs! Update your content and your online presence now.

Career Events

Mon., October 29 | 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Meet the Employer: Expeditors

Tue., October 30 | 12:30– 1:20 pm – MGH 420

ASIS&T Speaker Series: User Experience / Information Architecture

Tue., October 30 | 3 – 4 pm

Finding Jobs & Internships

Tue., October 30 | 5 – 7 pm

HUGO BOSS – How to Dress to Impress

Tue., October 30 | 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Meet the Employer: Airbnb

Weds., October 31 | 12:30 – 1:30 pm – Allen Auditorium

Microsoft “Tech or Treat” Workshop and Information Session

Wed., October 31 | 3 – 4 pm

Social Media – Find Jobs and Explore Careers

Thu., November 1 | 3:30 – 4:30 pm

Job Offer and Salary Negotiations

Thurs., November 1 | 3:00 – 4:00 pm – MGH 470H

iSchool Drop-in Career Advising

Fri., November 2 | 12:30 – 1:30 pm

Federal Jobs: Find and Apply

Fri., November 2 | 12:30 – 1:20 pm – MGH 420

Public Librarians Brown Bag

Mon., November 5 | 3:30 – 4:30 pm

Job Search for International Students

Mon., November 5 | 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Meet the Employer: Addepar

Tue., November 6 | 3 – 4 pm

Resumes, CV’s and Cover Letters


Highlighted Professional Jobs


Application Support Analyst (iCareers #104)

Configuration Administrator (iCareers #102)


Strategic Analyst (iCareers #95)

Marquette University Law Library

Student Services, Reference Librarian (iCareers #84)

University of Washington

Program Operations Specialist (req # 89477)

City University of Seattle

Part Time Librarian

University of Washington

NCQTL Product Manager

Bilzin Sumberg

Electronic Legal Information Specialist

Contact for more information and to apply (also listed on iprojobs)

University of Virginia

Data Mining Consultant

Social Science Data Consultant


Highlighted Internships

Northwest Justice Project

Knowledge Management Intern (iCareers #91)


User Research Intern (iCareers #90)

University of Utah, J. Willard Marriott Library

Student Librarian (iCareers #85)

The National Archives – Seattle

Student Trainee (Archival Science)

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Part-time Library Assistant / Office Worker  (Req 24862)


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