Social media and me

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Social media has became my  best friend, through social media, I have found internships while in school, my mentor and have developed friendships. The possibilities of who you can meet and what you will learn on social platforms are endless, why not take advantage of it to advance your career? Although I love social media now, like others I had to be persuaded to join the new wave. I am in my early twenties so it is safe for me to say the first internet connection I  used was AOL instant messenger or known to most as “Aim”. Cell phones were not as popular in my house during the late 90’s or the early 2000, my time was limited on the house phone, so I would connect with my friends on Aim. While social platforms like Black Planet and Sconex were being used heavily used around me, I was not influenced by the two. I was comfortable on Aim.

While in high school  Myspace became the site to be on, all my friends and family had MySpace accounts. I did not see the point in having one, I did not want my business out on the internet, so I passed on this platform. But my friend decided to make an account for me, I wasn’t mad, but I told her it was a pointless because I am never going to use it. I used it, I was not addicted, but I found it amusing that so many people my age (17-18 years old) were putting a lot of personal information on the internet. I reconnected with old friends and family members, I like it. During my first semester of college, my cousin told me to join Facebook, he told me it was better than Myspace (he did not join the  Myspace wave), only college students use it. I did not want to join, I was already on MySpace, I didn’t need another platform to connect with people. By the end of my first semester, I received a text with my Facebook, log in information, yes my cousin decided to make an account for me and used the most unflattering picture of me. Facebook had a more professional look than MySpace and since I was starting college, I knew it would be best to transition to this platform. I became an avid “Facebooker”, viewing friend’s profiles, following brands that I love, and connecting with students at my college. I gave Facebook two thumbs up!

Now I had a MySpace, Facebook, and I made Linkedn just to post my resume. Aim became something that I used to know, I never used Aim  after high school. Soon enough other social platform caught my attention, Twitter, many of my friends were not on it so I knew I would not be receiving a text with my log in information for my new account. I heard mixed reviews about social platform, but I decided to join, yes, I did all on my own! At first I started following different Google accounts (I LOVE Google), brands that I loved, people who worked for companies I wanted to work for and the few friends I knew that Twitter accounts. I fell in love with Twitter, the instant news I received and the relationships I have developed! I was addicted to Twitter. I would meet many people through twitter chats and I even found my mentor through Twitter! After seeing the connections I made through Twitter, I decided to use my other social media platforms to advance my future. During this time I was working, going to school, interning, and doing freelance projects. I had a lot on my plate, but I still wanted to understand social media strategies brands used and use different social media platforms to my advantage. I got an internship through Facebook and got a client through Linkedn. At this point I became a lover of social media and I would defend the use of it when people spoke badly about it, yes it is that serious.

Upon graduating college, I landed an internship that transitioned into a job as the Social Media Director of a boutique marketing agency. I was excited to start my career  doing something that I loved!  My fascination with social media continues to grow and “Social Media Day” being the same day as my date of birth(June 30) is no coincidence. There are always new social media platforms being created and I am infusing myself with all that I can. I want readers of this blog to start using social media to advance their own careers, there is much to learn and many people to connect with.  Why not take advantage of this easy opportunity? SocialChants will provide you with content on the latest social media platforms, ways to advance your career using social media and of course social media fun. Connect with me, let’s chat!

Chat to you soon,

ELLECHANTS

2013 Social Media Jobs Salary Guide

 

The communications industry is constantly changing, with an increase of social media networks and the development of more technological applications, industry professionals have to quickly adapt to the changes. The increase in these social media platforms are leading to the rise of social media jobs. As seen on the infographic below provided by Onward Search, New York City and San Jose, California are the top markets for social media employment  and the top job title in the market is a copywriter. While Houston, Texas and Phoenix, Arizona round off the top 20 markets. 2013 is looking like a great year for social media lovers. Keep your eyes open for employment opportunities, the industry is only rising from here!

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Go to Onwardsearch.com to see more salary comparison guides and infographics.

Happy New Year!

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2012 is officially behind us! The new year is the beginning of a clean slate for most, a time to start and forget about the past. While others see the first of the year as just another day. The phrase “New Year, New Me”, may be overused because many do tend to forget their  resolutions by the second week of January, but I challenge everyone to set and execute your personal goals. Try to set weekly or even daily goals, see what you can accomplish. Don’t let your past failed attempts at executing resolutions stop you from making them this year. I post some of my daily goals on my social media accounts, I feel obligated to accomplish them since I made the social community aware of my goals. Two of my goals:

1) Wake up an extra hour early

2) Start a 30 minute work out routine 

Even if you do not believe in setting New Year resolutions, do set weekly or daily goals for yourself. Write them down, cross them off when you have completed the goals. Start your year or day off right!