After you have completed your profile, use the search box to search for internships or companies that you’d like to work for. Search combinations of your area of interest and the term “intern,” because you are searching through job positions. For example, if you are a communications major from L.A., you can search “PR intern” or “Communication intern.” Once you have started your search, there is a sidebar where you can input your location information. Also, be sure you are searching under jobs and not people or organizations.
Search for, and start following, accounts that post jobs having to do with your major. These accounts post all sorts of positions from all over- so keep your eye on these. Following these accounts will likely become useful later on (i.e. after college) as well. Search for a combination of your major or area of interest and the word “job(s).” Also make sure to follow your college, school, and career centers’ twitter accounts. They may have helpful information and internship notifications!
Most universities have websites specifically designed to help students and alumni find internships and jobs. Check out your school’s website again and look for a “Career Center” page or an “Internship Finder” page. Then plug in your major and voila!
While you’re interning this summer, you also want to keep in touch with all of your friends online. Your Facebook wall is full of curse words, your Twitter feed is all about partying and you have a ton of posted pictures that are seemingly less than professional. Your boss just friend requested you—not to mention potential employers are constantly looking you up online—so it’s time to clean up your online platforms.
One of the easiest things you can do is control your privacy settings. When friending your boss, it’s important to make sure your profile doesn’t have anything too scandalous. Keep your albums private—if necessary, don’t feel like your employer or colleagues can’t see anything you post, unless you just really want to keep your personal life and work life completely separate. If friends post inappropriate comments on your wall, you can either make your entire wall private or make individual posts private. Even easier, you can talk to your friends about what they post; hopefully, they can clean up their act, at least while you’re actively interning.
Besides privacy, you also need to be conscious of what you are posting. Watch how much personal information you put on your profiles. When tweeting, don’t post every single thing you’re doing every hour of the day. Not only could it lead to unexpected stalkers, but it’s annoying for everyone who follows you. This isn’t necessarily unprofessional, but it makes your profiles overall appear too simple and doesn’t necessarily show off your true self—at least as an employee or intern. Instead, try retweeting posts from your company (not every single one, or even every day) and other places that interest you. Post some interesting articles related to your school major or skills. The more variety you have throughout your online profiles, the easier it will be for employers—current and those seeking you out for interviews—to paint a picture of what you can bring to the company and also how they can cater to your interests.
Finally, and most importantly, to keep a professional Facebook or Twitter, don’t post negative comments about your work. Think or yourself as an ambassador for the company. If you’re posting that you hate your boss, you have an annoying colleague, or that you just hate what you’re doing, you shouldn’t expect to be working there much longer. If you feel the need to vent—about work, personal issues or anything like that—keep it off the Internet. It might be funny, it might lead to a lot of comments on your Facebook wall, but it’s not classy or professional. Besides, a good phone call or in person venting session is always fun.
Overall, just be aware of what you and others are posting on your profiles. It’s not hard to remain professional, it just takes active attention to your accounts. Good luck, interns!
With the ever growing social network Twitter on the rise, eCampus.com decided to take a look at who holds the most influence. From music to television to sports, these followings are quite impressive. We all know that Kim Kardashian, Katy Perry, and Lebron James are well known, but did you realize that combined they have the ability to influence over 36 million people?!
Take a look at the numbers of the biggest influencers on Twitter in music, sports, and television in the infographic below. To see the full graphic please visit the eCampus.com Library of College Infographics. -Lovejoy
We will pick the winner on Thursday (February 23) at 4pm EST. Below is an example tweet to enter the giveaway:
@ecampusdotcom My study space works for me because it is really well organized and well lit.
Please note that comments on the blog will not count as entries. You must tweet your entry to be eligible to win. Good luck!
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Almost everyone in America is active on some sort of social media site these day, whether it’s updating statuses on Facebook, following celebrities on Twitter, or uploading videos on YouTube.
People interact with each other and companies via social media all the time now from everywhere…you can’t escape the world of social media!
In August 2010, Facebook topped Google to become the top online destination. Facebook users, on average, spend about 30 minutes on Facebook per each visit. Americans as a whole spent 41.1 million minutes on Facebook in August 2010 (compared to 39.8 million spent on Google).
Twitter released a statement last month reporting that they now have over 200 million active accounts, pretty impressive for a company that’s only 3 years old! The average number of tweets sent per day is 140 million, but it varies according to big events. For instance, on March 11, the day of the Japan earthquake and tsunami, over 177 million tweets were sent in a single day!
Now for some info on everyone’s favorite viral video site, YouTube. The most popular YouTube video to date, Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance,” has been played 185.39 million times! The site itself exceeds over 2 billion views a day.
That’s a lot of impressive statistics, and those are just the 3 most popular social media sites! Other sites like Reddit, Digg, Yahoo Buzz, and Fark are gaining popularity as well, but new social networking sites pop up each and every day. So what do you think? Which social networking sites are your favorite? How do YOU use social media?
I’ll leave you with an interesting video on the power of the social media revolution: