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SXSW Interactive 2013

Using Your Online Network to Get a Job #IRL

We’ve all digitally stalked hiring managers before: followed them on Twitter, sent a Facebook friend request, liked their Instagram photos, Highlighted them, sent an InMail, name-dropped common connections. But, does it actually work, and how do the hiring managers perceive this? Then there is that awkward moment when you are at a networking event and you recognize the hiring manager you’ve been digitally stalking. And, you don’t know if you should approach them and introduce yourself as your alter ego, tinyrobots512, or pretend you don’t know them, or spew out all of their recent tweets. What is appropriate? We’ll discuss how to build and maintain professional relationships digitally, and how to transcend them into relationships, #IRL, and most importantly, into jobs or new hires #IRL. Additionally, we will provide tips on how to use your online network to glean information on job satisfaction, to predict turnover, and to determine if the potential job or new hire is a good match.

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  1. For job seekers, how do I get the attention of a hiring manager without being over-the-top?
  2. For hiring managers, how do you use online networks to find the best talent?
  3. How do I translate my digital relationships into #IRL relationships?
  4. What can listening and monitoring online networks tell you about a jobseeker or employer?
  5. What are some tried and true methods for jobseekers and hiring managers?


  • Eddie Revis, Manager, Brand Strategy, Digitas
  • Jocelyn Lai, Talent Acquisition Manager, GSD&M


Jocelyn Lai, Talent Acquisition Manager, GSD&M

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  • Tags: networking
  • Event: Interactive
  • Format: Dual
  • Track: Work and Career
  • Level: Beginning
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