How Social Media and Blogging Can Help You Get a Job

As I’ve mentioned before, back in September, I went the freelance writer/social media marketing route.

It’s been such a rewarding and educational experience. To do what I want to do, finally, for the first time in my adult life has been so incredible. Going freelance has given me the confidence in knowing that I’m capable and have something to offer.

However, this time has not come without its down moments. There have been many somber times of me standing by the mailbox waiting for a check or lying awake at 3AM thinking about what kind of taxes I’m going to owe.

Luckily, the work keeps coming in- with the ebb and flow that freelance work does. Sometimes I’ll hear nothing for a few weeks, then a bunch of offers coming streaming it at once. Sometimes the offer is big, sometimes it’s little.

When thinking about the work I’ve received over this time, it dawned on me that most of my work I received through the powers of social media. Facebook, Twitter and my blog. I’m still learning how to utilize LinkedIn to its fullest capacity. I also just created a Hipstercrite brand page over at Google+. If you’re on Google+, come say hi and I’ll circle back.

Occasionally people will ask how to get freelance writing/social media work. I always tell them, “Blog, tweet and share the living shit out of everything.” They typically look at me like I’ve drunk the Kool-Aid, but it’s true. Staying active on social media and blogging is time consuming, sometimes annoying and often exhausting, but it definitely pays off.

Here are a list of my current freelance jobs and how I got them:

Job #1: Writer, on-going, paid, Austinbased– I got this job through my blog. I contacted them to become involved and they said they were already aware of my work and planning on talking to me. We met, the interview went well and I’ve been writing for them ever since.

Job #2: Writer, on-going, paid, not Austinbased– I actually can’t quite recall how I got this job, but I believe I saw a Craigslist ad for it. I sent my resume/writing samples/blog link over, talked with them on the phone and was hired. What initially started as small work, turned into more as I showed them I was reliable.

Job #3: Social Media Marketing, four month gig (ended), paid, Austin-based– I got this job because of my extreme love for social media. I was at party and totally geeking out about Twitter and the owner of this company was impressed by my knowledge and hired me to help with their social media/marketing/PR.

Job #4: Writer, on-going, paid, not Austin-based– I was contacted by them because they did a search of Austin bloggers.

Job #5: Marketing, on-going, paid, Austin-based– I was a fan of the company and talked about them to obsession-like lengths on Twitter/Facebook. They liked my enthusiasm and I liked them, so we decided to join forces.

Job #6: Writer, various gigs, paid, various locations– The more I’ve marketed myself as a freelance writer/social media manager, the more one-time or long term offers I get. People will recommend me, people will search Austin bloggers or they see me on Twitter or Facebook.

None of these jobs happened over night. I’ve had my blog for almost three years now and have been highly active on social media for almost two.

I’m not sharing all of this with you to toot my horn, but rather trying to show you what social media networking and blogging daily can do for you if you’re interested in going the freelance route. I have found that just sticking with it has paid off.

Another important aspect is if you receive an offer you can’t do or see an offer that you are not right for, don’t be afraid to recommend a friend or share with others. Going the freelance route means you’re now part of a community and helping each other is key.

Have you found work through social media or your blog?


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  • Reply Kate January 18, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    I would love to get paid to blog. Keep up the good work!

    • Reply hipstercrite January 18, 2012 at 6:21 pm

      Thanks, Kate. I actually don’t get paid to blog on my blog though, just to let you know. 😉

  • Reply Eric S January 19, 2012 at 5:28 am

    I just got a job that I can directly credit LinkedIn for.

    It was a combination of their posting, and my connections that got me the interview for a job that, on paper, I wasnt really qualified for. Without LinkedIn there is no way I would have been able to pull the strings that it did to get me that initial interview.

    Also, LinkedIn allows discretion for those of us who are more traditionally employed, and want to keep our search strategically secret. I was intentionally hiding my job search from twitter and Facebook as to not arouse suspicion from my current employer.

    • Reply hipstercrite January 19, 2012 at 5:30 am

      Congrats on the new job, Eric! I saw your FB post. Looks cool!

  • Reply Trina January 19, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    This is awesome! It’s just proof that what feels like tiring, “wasted” hours in front of a computer writing away actually does pay off. I’m starting to find my footing in the blogging/social media world, and I know that if I just keep it up… I’m bound to find that right opportunity (or opportunities!). Thanks for sharing & being an awesome inspiration 😀

    • Reply hipstercrite January 19, 2012 at 4:11 pm

      You will, Trina. You’re so awesome with the social media and blogging and you’re making the connections.

  • Reply Kristy Lynn @ Gastronomical Sovereignty January 19, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    this is exactly what i want to do. I stumbled upon a paid writing gig once through serendipitous circumstances and i’ve decided to start cold emailing editors…(is this a good idea?)…. i really want to work free-lance as a food writer – it’s kind of my dream.

    Any other suggestions would be highly appreciated 🙂

    PS. good on you for taking the leap and doing what you love. it takes a pair for sure!

    • Reply hipstercrite January 20, 2012 at 8:02 pm

      Hi Kristy Lynn. I’m not well-experience in cold emailing editors, but I have done it a few times. It’s rarely worked for me, but I know others that have had a lot of luck with it. Never hurts to try, right?

  • Reply Robin January 26, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    Glad to hear things are going well. I think being active in your social networks are key to getting a job. LinkedIn is an excellent way to get a job or find out about jobs. I’ve had lots of emails asking if I’d be interested in a job and I forward those opps to my network. My job with Clever Girls Collective started with me volunteering as a social media coordinator and blogger for a music festival in San Jose, Ca which was started by one of the founders of Clever Girls. She loved my non-paid work so much that I was brought on to be employees

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