Today was the rapture. Thank [g]od I am still here.
While working with an employee at a health food business I am reorganizing, I listed off some of the main social network sites that are relevant to business. Sites like yelp, living social, facebook, insiderpages, groupon, google places/offers, foursquare, judy’s book, city search, twitter, and linkedin.
Then, later this evening I was looking for music on hype machine and decided to login to last.fm - the first time since they ended free streaming on mobile devices. I fell deep down into the being social/marketing yourself rabbit hole. In fact, I signed up for another social media site, flavors.me. The enticement of having all social media in one place, and nicely organized, was too much for me to pass on signing up. But, if you are anything like me, you have at least ten sites you’re already signed up to. Hump.
What I thought to be the relevant part of all this thinking about social media is how important it is to sell yourself. I am well aware of how this sounds. Sell yourself? It brings to mind some jerk in a suit and briefcase waiting for a job interview in Corporate America. Of course, I could be thinking of Big with Tom Hanks, but the point stands. Selling yourself sound so lame, but you kind of have to if you want to get a job that doesn’t completely suck the life right out of you.
Mashable has a nice article on the subject. It’s not so much about the why of selling
youself, but the how to sell yourself. It got me thinking of what all is really important in getting that good job. This seems even more important for me because of the field that I will be going into - design. So, what do I need to be doing right now to start on this?
Of course there is the portfolio, the resume/CV, and any other new/interesting/unique attention getting device available. But, what seems to be the most import, and the hardest to fully articulate, is the who the hell am I, what is my angle, what makes me me. The questions that role off this basic question can keep a job seeker busy figuring this out for weeks. I believe it can also muddy the clarity of an application if it isn’t done right.
Either way, I am going to keep an eye what makes me AND the rapture. They kind of go hand-in-hand. Kind of.