Develop Social Media Skills for Work

Ref: C2225233

Social media has become an important tool when job searching. Most jobs come through networking and not by applying on job boards or aimlessly sending out CVs. Social media tools make networking easier and much more powerful due to their interactive nature. When a job seeker learns how to use social networking well their chances for finding opportunities multiply exponentially. Hiring managers and recruiters are using social media more and more to research candidates: 80% use LinkedIn and 50% can determine whether a candidate's personality is a good fit for their company by viewing that person's social media presence. If you really want to use social media to land your dream job then you need to expand your online presence beyond the basics. A CV will state your skills but a profile on a social media site can demonstrate your passion, your personality and your uniqueness - Known as Personal Branding.

Additional information about this course

All students will be referred onto this course by JCP and all students will be in receipt of a means tested benefit.

Course aim

Discover how the use of social media can aid networking and exploring local employment opportunities.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is for improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Identify the benefits of networking on and offline
  • 2. Setup three social media accounts with effective profiles: Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn
  • Develop a Personal Brand
  • Establish a notable online presence
  • Find work by searching social media

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • Laptops will be provide but please bring a pen and paper It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library or friends)

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • It is recommended that you buy a copy of "Job Searching with Social Media for Dummies" 2nd edition by Joshua Waldman. Through Amazon, eBay or bookshops.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

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Develop Social Media Skills for Work

Conditions

You can if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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