How to Turn That Summer Gig Into a Permanent Job

Plan today for your next career move

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It’s almost July, and you may be at that summer gig wondering what your next move will be. If you haven’t started planning, it may be prime time to do so, especially if you don’t want September to creep up and you have nothing lined up. If you enjoy what you’re doing now, here’s how you can make moves to extend your time at your temporary gig to more permanent:

Social Media Marketing: Another option to consider when it comes to tech-oriented jobs that make great small businesses is social media marketing. Although interacting on social networking websites like Facebook and Twitter may seem second-nature to you, plenty of companies need help using these platforms effectively in order to connect with customers.

Finding work as a social media manager can be accomplished using many of the techniques described above. Using freelancer portal sites like Guru or Elance (or even traditional job search Websites like Monster or Simply Hired) may uncover a number of consulting opportunities, while contacting small businesses may have the same effect.

However, before you toss your name into the ring, be aware that businesses may expect a different set of social media skills than the ones you’ve cultivated on your own time. For this reason, you’ll want to brush up on the following items before applying for social media consulting positions:

  • Increase your familiarity with social networking platforms you don’t personally use. For example, even if you aren’t on Google+, you’ll want to know how the site runs in case a future client uses it heavily.

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