So you’re interested in being a Social Media Manager? Who wouldn’t be? You get to play on social networks like Facebook and Twitter all day (and get paid for it)! Not only that, but you can use that creative mind of yours to come up with unique and innovative strategies to build your company’s following.
It sounds like the ideal job, but before you run off and apply to any and all Social Media jobs you can find on the internet, here are some resources to make sure it truly is the right position for you.
The Basics of Being a Social Media Manager:
Thinking about looking into a job as a Social Media Manager? See if you are right for the job. Our blog post and Flirting With eLearning give a basic rundown of what it means to be a Social Media Manager. In this video, Fox News 7 featured real people who have found jobs as Social Media Managers.
When applying for a Social Media Manager position, you’ll probably be required to have these 10 qualities laid out by socialmediahq. Companies want someone who knows what they’re doing. They want a Social Media Manager who can look at the company, its clients, and social media trends and create a unique strategy that will skyrocket that company’s social media presence and foster positive results towards its goals. If you haven’t had any experience with using social media in a professional setting before, I suggest looking into getting an internship first. That way, you can learn from someone with more experience and cultivate the skills this job requires.
An Inside Look:
In Lauren Mikov’s blog post entitled What Is A Social Media Manager?, she gives us the inside scoop of what her job is like. She breaks down what she does on each of the social media platforms that she works with.
We also caught up with Jill Mailander, a Social Media Account Manager at social media agency Room 214 to find out about a typical day on the job.
Need more of a visual breakdown? Take a look at this infographic from Mediabistro, “Tweet, Retweet, Repeat: A Day In The Life Of A Social Media Manager.”
Social Media Managers have to be extremely well-educated in their field. They need to be extremely familiar with what’s “normal” on different networks so that they are able to spot scams right away. Without its strong team of Social Media Managers, ING Direct could have been in big PR trouble. Luckily, their social media team was constantly watching their feed and were able to stop this Twitter turmoil!
Going For It:
Does a position as Social Media Manager sound like the right fit for you? Get some advice from Social Media Consultant and Speaker Monica Hamburg. She shares what she finds most frustrating as a Social Media Consultant.
Make sure you are educated in Social Media as a business. Here are some questions that you should ask yourself before applying for a job as a Social Media Manager. These 8 questions were posted on socialmediatoday by Mandy Edwards in order to help employers find great Social Media Manager candidates. You can use them to better prepare yourself for the job position.
Simplicity Marketing Inc. has a list of pros and cons that will also help you to make a decision. If you feel prepared and confident enough in your skills to overcome the cons, and the pros make you feel excited, then this might be the career for you.
Homework time! After reading all about Social Media Managers, you think this is the job for you. Now what? Watch this Google Hangout from InternMatch, on How to Become a Rockstar Social Media Professional. It’s about an hour long, but it’s packed full of tips from top industry professionals who hire for entry-level social media positions.
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