So, you want a job in social media? Well, here is some solid advice that will get you that little bit closer, based on a recent email conversation.
I was reading your “Twitter / job success story” and the one thing that I’m curious about, is what kind of things were you tweeting / blogging about that drew Carrot Creative in to hire you? As you know, there are a bazillion designers out there on Twitter looking for a job (including me), tweeting about all kinds of things design and career-related. I’m just curious if there was anything in particular, or any specific tweet or blog post, that initially drew them in? Was landing a NYC design job part of your strategy, or was just pure “happenstance” that brought you two together?
Congratulations. It is indeed a fascinating story, mostly because of the miles involved between Australia & NYC.
Rather than answering the email myself, I forwarded the email to one of the Carrot Creative founders, Chris Petescia, to get his honest reply. Here is what he replied:
Really, it was your initiative with your brand & authority in the online design space, your initiative on the freelance space and communication / presence across the whole social web. Being pro-active is a big thing for us and you demonstrated that enough with your own brand so we thought you’d fit in with us. There is a lot of talent out there but our agency values motivation, eagerness, enthusiasm and online interaction as much as we do talent in some instances. Make the effort – showing up or being passive doesn’t demonstrate drive.
So, in a nutshell, it’s not what you’re tweeting or blogging about, it’s about being pro-active in all areas of your business and online presence.
Have you got any further advice for getting a job in the social media / design industry?