Knack for SOCIAL MEDIA? Turn it into a viable job option!

If you’re reading this blog, you must have some aptitude and appreciation for social media. Maybe you’re even a blogger yourself–hey, most people are. But have you ever considered turning your knack for social media into a viable job option? Did you know you could make money by running your blog? The UCLA Career Center has three quick tips for turning your media penchant into a money-making mechanism. And while you earn revenue by doing what you love, we can show you the steps to building a substantial career in the world of social media.

Have an active twitter or a popular blog? Here are some ways you can start earning money by just maintaining them:

1.Google Adsense – Adsense is a simple program, once accepted, you put their ads on your site and then get paid when people click on them! 1,000-2,000 pageviews on your blog a day can average you about $2 per day. That doesn’t sound like a lot for a day’s wages, but if you add it up throughout the year, and consider that you’re not putting out any extra effort, it’s really not too bad! I’m get paid to do what you are already doing (which you probably love doing), as long as their ads are on your site.

2. Social Spark – This is a really neat company that helps bloggers get connected with brands for sponsored posts. You sign up for the program (it’s free) and fill out some information about your blog. Then Social Spark will let you know when you get ‘leads’. You can read information about each lead and decide whether or not to accept them. Once you’ve accepted, the company that provided the lead may select you to preform the sponsored post for them. Oftentimes they will have a specific topic for you to write about, and they will ask that you include certain information about their company or specific links to their site. This is a great way to get writing inspiration AND be paid for writing!

3. Sponsored Tweets – This is another fun and EASY way to earn revenue from your personal social media outlets! Once you are signed up with sponsored tweets you can connect your twitter account and get started. You set the amount that you want to be paid per tweet, and you can adjust it as you see fit, they even let you know what a good starting point would be, based on your followers. Then, it works in a similar way to Social Spark. Sponsored Tweets will offer you leads from businesses. If you accept, you can then craft a tweet, following the guidelines that the business has set in place. They usually require you share a link, sometimes they have specific hashtags they want you to use or other specific words. It is an easy way to earn some money, and you’ll be surprised at how quickly the little bit of money for each tweet adds up — especially if you are an avid tweeter!

Now that you know how you can start making a little extra money with your social media interests, learn how to take create a career in oh-so-relevant realm of society. Visit our Career Library, 2nd largest in the nation, and check out books in our Media section, in the back of our Career Lab. Make a Career Counseling Appointment and meet one-on-one with a counselor, who can help you figure out if a career in Social Media is right for you, and if so, how to get there.

According to the director of the Washington Post’s Social Media team, most employers don’t care so much what your major is, as they do your work experience.

The Career Center can help you find a professional, personal internship to get valuable experience and boost your hire-ability!

The BruinView Jobs Listing is updated regularly with pages of results with a simple keyword search of “social media”

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Here are just some of the great recent postings. Apply today and get your foot through the door for your social media career!

Happy Hunting!

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Looking for an internship in Entertainment, PR, Advertising or Publishing? Want to know what the top companies are? Look no Further…

 

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Everyone in college is looking for that internship that can possibly turn into their dream career after college. However, you don’t want to get stuck with a company that no one has heard about, especiallly in the entertainment industry, it’s all about who you know and who you’ve worked for. The Career Center has your best interest in mind and that’s why we have taken the time to compile one of the largets career librarie’s in the nation in order to bring you Industry resources, books on different careers, industry rankings and data to make sure you have access to teh best opportunities out there!

Let’s build a scenario for what we have to offer: A student comes into the career center and asks, “I’m a communications major and I’m looking for an internship in entertainment, advertising, PR, or publishing.  What are the top 10 companies in these industries in L.A.?”

At first glance it seems that the student is overewhelmed and has no clear direction in what area or industry they want to go into. There are so many options thrown out there that it seems like it will be nearly impossible for this student to narrow down what they really want to do. It’s a good thing that the Career Center is equipped for such complex questions. Those of you who are just buzzing with interests and ideas that you just don’t know what to do, have no worries, our Career Library and Career Center staff is trained and equipped to handle your many needs and guide you in the direction of your dreams!

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First of all,  the only way to narrow down what your true interests are, is to do research on the industries you feel most drawn to. In our Career Library we have books on almost every single industry with different careers within that sector. For those of you interested in the entertainment industry I recommend reading:

Kaplan’s “Careers in Communications and Entertainment” by Leonard Mogel located in section 2 of the Career Library

This book featrues over 250 detailed job descriptions in the entertainment world including descriptions of careers in Book Publishing, Magazine Publishing, Newspapaer Publishing, TV, Radio, Movies, Special Effects and more. This great resource also includes expert advice on internships and career planning, equipping you with the knowledge to market yourself in the best possible way to land that perfect internship. There are also informational interviews from different people in their industries describing their job title, what their days look like, the pros and cons of their jobs and why they do it. You can’t go wrong with this book.

Interested in what it’s like to work in the Publishing Industry or even learning what it’s all about? Read:

Fred Yager and Jan Yager’s “Career Opportunities in the Publishing Industry” Second Edition

In this book you’ll find over 90 different job profiles in publishing including careers in writing, advertising, management and more. Read about employment prospects for each job to make sure you’re going into a growing industry, and get different tips for entering that field. Get salary information to know how much you could be making after graduation.

If your childhood dream has been to pursue a career in Advertsiing and Public Relations pick up:

Shelly Field’s “Career Opportunities in Advertising and Public Relations

This resource isn’t only limited to the publishing and entertainment fields, learn about the different industries you can work for within Public Relations. Each industry is unique and you can learn and expose yourself to how things would look like if you did Public Relations for a non-profit, consulting firms and even hospitality and tourism industries in addition to the entartainment and publishing fields. Read career profiles, get salary information, employment outlook data and advice on education and training. This will help you narrow down what your inhterests are or learn about something you didn’t even know you could pursue.

Finally last but not least, you of course want to intern with the best companies in LA but you don’t know how to narrow down your scope. Read our book of lists:

Los Angeles Business Journal: The Lists 2013

This great resource has tabs that organizes industry information and gives you statistics on the top companies in LA. It breaks down how many employees work for the company, company address and webpage, and who their clients are. The book of lists also ranks companies within their industry. Here are the Top Ten in Media, Advertising, Public Relations, News, Radio and Television

1. Advertising Agency: TBWAChiatDay Los Angeles (tbwa.com)

2. Advertising Agency: Rubin Postaer and Associates (rpa.com)

3. Public Relations: Edelman (edelman.com)

4.Public Relations: Davies (daviespublicaffairs.com)

5. Newspapers: Los Angeles Times (latimes.com)

6. Newspapers: Investor’s Business daily (investors.com)

7. Radio: KIIS-FM/KVVS-FM (102.7/105.5)

8. Radio: KFI- AM (640)

9. TV: KABC (7) : abc7.com

10. TV: KCBS (2): cbs2.com

To find internships within these companies, visit their websites and look for opportunities, check out bruinview.com for more opportunities (summer, part time, paid and unpaid internships) on the BruinView job board , and keep an eye out for opportunities on our Opportunity Lists also found on BruinView under the resources tab. Check out career.ucla.edu to see even more listings under the students tab>click on internships and opportunity lists to maximize your internship search!!!

Come to the Career Center today, where discovery happens!

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