Technology A-Z
The Internet
Tech Hardware
Tech Software
Video Games
Protecting Your Children
Getting Help
The Online Mom Network

Learn about The Online Mom Network
Join The Online Mom Network
How Do I Become An Online Mom?

The Online Mom provides internet technology advice and information to help parents protect their kids, encourage responsible behavior and safely harness the power of technology in the new digital world. Social networking, photo sharing, video games, IM & texting, internet security, cyberbullying, educational resources, the latest on tech hardware, gadgets and software for kids 3-8, tweens and teens, and more.

Want to Land That Tech Job? Better Start Tweeting!

By Michael Connolly

A recent job posting on Best Buy’s web site has attracted a lot of comment from local and national media. The giant electronics retailer was looking for a Senior Manager – Emerging Media Marketing to be based out of the company’s Richfield, MN corporate headquarters. Two of the preferred qualifications: a graduate degree and 250+ followers on Twitter!

A more detailed description of the qualifications for the position included a Bachelor’s degree, 2+ years of social media marketing experience, 4+ years of people or resource leadership, and 1+ years of active blogging experience. Although many job descriptions now list social media experience as a pre-requisite for hiring, this is the first time that commentators can remember seeing a Twitter presence as a requirement, or the need for a minimum number of fans or followers.

The Best Buy job posting breaks new ground in a number of ways. Previously, any type of online social networking presence was seen as a potential red flag for an employer and a risk for a candidate. Conventional wisdom suggested that too many friends on Facebook indicated a social butterfly mentality – someone more interested in writing wall posts than putting in a serious day’s work. Plus, there was always the danger of a prospective employer stumbling across those old bachelor party photos!

Now, that thinking has been turned on its head. A personal blog or a Twitter account with a decent following suggests that you are serious about your online presence and have something worthwhile to say!

Recruiting firms and PR agencies can see the sense in the approach, without necessarily agreeing with setting a target number. “Their approach signals the way ahead for many companies that now rely on social marketing and reaching influencers to get their messages across,” says Michael Bradley, an independent recruiter based in Manhattan. “However, a lot should depend on the quality of a candidate’s online presence, rather than just the quantity of followers.”

Either way, it appears that social networking sites are no longer just about networking when it comes to that job search – they are fast becoming part of the selection criteria. So if you want your resume to stand out in an increasingly crowded market, you better start tweeting!

Thank you for submitting your comment. Your comment will appear on the site after it has been reviewed by site moderators!
Post a Comment:
Comments (max 500 characters):

Permalink | Print | Email

Share this article!
Partner with Online Mom Media
Online Mom Media specializes in building powerful communities of influencers! [read on]
Special Twitter Event
Join @theonlinemom this Thursday at 9pm ET as we introduce Thrively, a fun and interactive family web site! #Thrively
[read on]
Join the BUZZ!
Join @theonlinemom and friends this Friday at 12 noon PT as we look at Simplifying Mobile Tech. Great prizes! #VZWBuzz [read on]
The Online Mom Blog
Connecting Your Mobile Lifestyle
[read on]
Cómo encontrar en línea las mejores ofertas
Visite La Online Mom en Español! [read on]
Stacey Ross on The Online Mom
Catch up on the digital lifestyle with Stacey Ross!
[read on]
PlayStation 4 vs. Xbox One: Parental Controls
Which of the new gaming consoles offers better parental supervision? [read on]
How To Make the Most of Those Daily Deals
Take a closer look at those daily deals to make sure you're getting a bargain!
[read on]
Watch Out! Your Wristband Is Tracking You…
New ways to monitor two of the most important elements that factor into our overall health: exercise and sleep [read on]
How To Beat Spam with Disposable E-Mail Addresses
There's an alternative to giving out your online information (or turning into a digital recluse): the disposable e-mail!
[read on]
Managing Your Online Reputation
There are some simple steps we can take to safeguard our online reputations [read on]
7 Apps for Finding Stuff Online
Loking to buy and sell online? Your smartphone can help!
[read on]
How to Manage Your Cell Phone Bill
Don't be overwhelmed by that cell phone bill. We offer 7 tips that can help [read on]
7 Social Networking Tips for Graduates
About to graduate? It's time to clean up those social networking accounts!
[read on]
The Best Apps for Staying in Shape
10 great apps for turning your smartphone or tablet into your workout buddy! [read on]
7 Steps to Smartphone Safety
Buying that first smartphone for your child? Make safety a top priority!
[read on]
10 Essential Apps for the Busy Mom
Turn your smartphone into your very own personal assistant! [read on]
Tweens and Facebook:
Do you think children under the age of 13 should be allowed on Facebook?

Not Sure

© 2011 the online mom, all rights reserved | site map ABOUT     MEET THE TEAM     CONTACT US     ADVERTISE     PRESS     PRIVACY     LEGAL
As you may have guessed, it is made of titanium and some stainless steel¡ªthe case is titanium and the rolex replica sale is stainless steel. The dial is brown, the watch hands are silver-toned, and there is a date window at the four o¡¯clock position. The sapphire case protects the breitling replica sale from water damage up to 30 meters. Synergy means cooperative action. This replica watches uk combines the best of the old and the new to deliver something uniquely modern. All of the classic elements are there. It has the sleek and stylish dial of the replica watches uk, the concave dot at the 12 o¡¯clock hour, and the Swiss quartz movement. But the Sapphire Synergy has something few breitling replica sale offer, a rubber wristband. Why rubber? Well, it¡¯s not a sport rolex replica sale, so using it outdoors is out of the question. But the informal band gives it a more casual look and feel, which can be quite appealing to the modern male.