Social media’s small effects are difficult to miss. The increased communication these platforms provide is being used to connect people regardless of their geographical locations. The seamlessness these platforms provides, however, is equally impressive. Today, people are using social media as they transition from education to the business world.
1. Sharing information
It can be difficult to find a job after finishing school, and many people do not know where to start. Before social media, people had to rely on their instincts or ask friends and family members. Today, social media platforms allow people to collaborate and give tips on where to start. Often, valuable Internet resources are showing people where to begin, and these documents make the transition far easier.
Getting ahead in the business world sometimes demands having connections. While a great resume and solid interview can help, it is often the existing connections that lead to solid recommendations and even offers for work. By using social media, students can connect with those in the business world in an informal manner. These connections give students the ability to ask for advice or recommendations from a large base of people they remain in contact with through social media.
Companies are increasingly taking advantage of the communication paradigms encouraged by social media. Businesses in the past talked with customers through advertising, press releases and real-world outreach programs. Today, businesses are communicating through the open platforms provided by social media. Because of their experience with these platforms, students who use social media can use their abilities to impress employers and make their resumes more impressive. On social media platforms that allow essays and long documents, having a long list of followers can help land a great job.
4. New business paradigms
Increasingly, businesses are adopting platforms that function in a manner similar to social media platforms. Cloud-based platforms and business tools make business interactions more collaborative and encourage staff to interact while working. In the past, businesses would delegate work and combine everyone’s effort at a later time. Today, networked communication allows staff to show their progress and work together on different parts of a particular task. Social media is preparing students for this new work paradigm, and many employers are taking advantage of young workers’ ability to thrive in these systems.
While it was seen as a trend only a few years ago, social media has embedded itself within societies across the globe. As the Baby Boomer generation retires and younger generations begin to fill their roles, new employees will likely take advantage of the power that social media promises. New workers can expect their offices to slowly transition to paradigms they might be more comfortable with.