Are you in search for social media jobs? Who isn’t? With the growing demand of social media managers, consultants, strategists and copywriters, many people who have some social media skills are realizing the potential that this industry have for them. According to a study published in WantedAnalytics.com, there have been about 13,000 social media related job ads posted during January 2012. If we compare this to January 2011, it’s an 87% increase in ad volume. This is a crystal clear evidence that there are tremendous opportunities within the social media industry. Because more people are realizing this truth, you need to act quickly and establish yourself in this area before it gets saturated as other conventional marketing areas.
So what’s in it for you?
Unlike many people think, social media jobs aren’t actually about playing around with your favorite social media toys. I hear many people say that their bosses are paying them to be on Facebook and Twitter (how awesome is that). The reality is that social media marketing requires some education as well as experience. Social media is all about trying new things and tracking how well they’ve done. If you’re not sure whether you should enter this growing market or not, then here is an inforgraphic showing social media jobs salary on Mashable.com.
Many companies, especially small businesses are recruiting freelancers to handle their social media presence. They mostly do this to avoid the hassle of recruiting a full time contractor. If you’re serious about offering your services as a social media manager, then there are many good trainings online that teach you everything you need to know to start making 5 figures a month working in social media jobs (yes that’s the potential!). Here is a video showing the growing demand of social media marketing jobs
I have some social media skills, where can I find jobs?
Don’t you ever imagine that you need to be a social media specialist in order to find jobs in this market. There are many positions that your skills with surely be a good fit for. Even if you have some skills in Photoshop, I can tell you that you’re going to be making a lot of money just creating Facebook landing pages and Twitter backgrounds. That being said, here are 7 places that are proven to land you your social media job:
oDesk is a freelancing website that connects employers with contractors in a very unique way. You can create an account there (it’s free), and start applying for various projects. You can use the search feature in there to only find social media jobs. While some people find that oDesk employers doesn’t offer the big bucks (because of the low bids that most contractors there put), I can tell you that there are employers in there that are more than willing to pay you what you deserve for your services. I advise oDesk for people who are just starting out with this business as they can easily find good paying jobs even if they don’t yet have a big work history.
This is one of the best and most popular freelancing websites across the web. You can also create an account on this website for free, or if you want, they have some paid upgrades that will increase your chances of being hired. Employers post their social media jobs there and specify how much their budget is so contractors can bid on it. However, it’s not that the lowest bid will win, it’s the job application plus the work history that are going to make you stand out of the crowd. The quality of employers are considered to be of high standards, so you better have a proven success record if you want high paying jobs.
3- Job boards:
There are probably hundreds of job boards over the internet that offer social media jobs. One of the best is probably Mashable social media job board. There, you can search for your job by category or use the search feature to find your perfect job fit.
4- Twitter search:
This is probably one of the best tools that you can use to find social media jobs. You just head to Twitter search and look for keywords related to your desired job like “social media manager”, “social media consultant needed”, “need a social media designer”…etc. When you find someone that has tweeted a job offer, you go and reply to their tweets offering your services.
This platform is probably the best when it comes to communicating on a professional scale. If you already have some connections in there, you could go ahead and send them a message offering your social media services. You can also head to their job directory and apply for a suitable job for your skill-set. This is also a wonderful way to connect with like-minded people so you can even get more opportunities networking with them.
Most people think that Facebook is only meant for Teenagers who want to connect with their friends. However, I can tell you that Facebook offers a great opportunity for people who want to find social media jobs, and here is an Infographic that proves my point on SocialMediaToday.com. You can either use apps like the Facebook marketplace app to find jobs near your location or just join relevant groups to your specialty and start networking with other people in that group.
7- Go out you NERD!
This might seem very obvious, yet I don’t see enough people making use of it. You can go to local events and seminars to find and network with people who are interested in what you’re offering. Many people underestimate the power of events, but I can tell you that the best connections that will skyrocket your career are the ones that you meet in these events.
I can assure you that if you only stick with just one of these places, I can guarantee you that you’re going to be hired. However, I advise you to experiment with different platforms and places and see which one works better for you in terms of getting high paying jobs.
If you have additional places to find social media jobs in, then don’t hesitate to share them with us in the comment section below.
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