University graduate takes advantage of Facebook to launch career

Posted by uatemp13 at Aug 06, 2013 02:50 PM |
Former student interviewed on finding work through social media websites

The Leicester Mercury has interviewed recent University of Leicester graduate Ginny Turnell about securing a job at a city nursery after posting her details on Facebook.

The newspaper also featured work by the University's Careers Development Service that aims to improve students' knowledge of using social media to boost their career opportunities.

Ginny posted a status on the social media site asking if any of her contacts knew of businesses that were hiring. She received eight messages in response, one of which resulted in her finding employment.

With social media websites such as LinkedIn becoming more important to candidates advertising themselves to employers, Leicester students have been provided with the opportunity to improve their career prospects via the Online Networking and Employability Award (ONE), run by Leicester Award Project Officer Elizabeth Cornish. ONE aims to help candidates understand the importance of self-promotion and networking through social media. The course is delivered entirely online through e-workshops, making it an ideal opportunity to be taken alongside work and study.

The course was piloted in January and a second session running during the summer already has 200 students enrolled.

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