The Shocking Secret Behind How People Are Getting Job Offers

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Article by Wendy McCance

When I first ran across the way someone I was working with got a job, I thought it was just a slick trick used by one person. After a few months, I have seen a trend developing (or maybe people have always done this) to get a job.

As a freelance writer and a social media consultant, I have set up several appointments for people who want to polish up a resume’ or even write their mission statement for the job they have just landed. It makes sense to polish up your writing and step into a new job looking your best.  What has shocked me is how many people are hiring me to teach them how to use social media platforms because that is what the bulk of their job entails.

In general, it would be no big deal to teach someone the in’s and out’s of social media.  I mean not everyone knows how to use a Twitter account or get their name plastered all over the web if someone was to Google them.  What is a little mind-blowing is the people who use my services because they are essentially in need of learning what their job will be each and every day.

I have met with people who are taking over marketing departments, are in charge of PR or some type of similar job where their main focus is to take care of the maintenance of the companies social media platforms.  These are people who went into interviews and talked up their skills in using sites they have never touched or have barely managed to navigate around.

How can someone be so slick as to get through an interview and come off as a social media genius when they don’t know how to work with social media at all?  I have been seriously floored by these people and their ability to get their foot in the door in a high paying, upper-level job where an entire company depends on the abilities that they don’t have.

There are so many people looking for jobs that actually do have the background in marketing that these companies are searching for.  What is it that gives those few people without the background the ability to come off as more in the know than the people who really do know what they are doing?

I found out about this nifty trick when I started receiving calls and emails from people who had just gotten job offers and needed to quickly learn the skills that they would need in their job each day.  These people were more than happy to pay $50.00 an hour for me to teach them everything they would need to know.  You would be amazed at how much people are willing to shell out for multiple hours of tutoring so that they can get up to speed.

On the upside, I would like to point out that anyone can learn how to navigate through the social media jungle.  If you get good at flooding your name on the web, by all means, apply to some of these marketing jobs.  They pay a significant wage and might be worth the effort to apply.

As for these companies, it is obvious that they don’t know what to look for in hiring a social media expert.  If they had done research, they would have seen some sketchy patterns.  I

f a potential candidate doesn’t have their name easily found when Googled, that’s a definite clue that they aren’t savvy in the social media world.  Anyone with social media skills will flood their name across the web.  It is the easiest and cheapest form of advertisement there is.  If you are looking for a job, you will want to be easy to find.  If the candidate doesn’t have the basic Facebook account or Twitter account that is actively used, it’s another red flag.  Ask the candidate to name some of the most popular social media platforms, and ask them why those platforms are relevant.  Each social media site does something a little different. You will want a candidate who can tell you why your company would do well with Twitter but not Instagram (for example).

So what about you?  Have you ever gotten a job that you weren’t even slightly qualified for?  Did you lose out on a job that went to someone you knew had less of a background than you?  What about in the future, will you try to go after a job where you have no experience?  Let us know your thoughts in the comment section.  Let’s get the conversation going.

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Wendy McCance

Wendy McCance is a Michigan based freelance writer and social media consultant. Wendy has gained attention as the founder of the popular blog Searching for the Happiness which can be viewed in 6 local papers online, including the Oakland Press.The combination of writing skills and social media knowledge is what makes Wendy such a powerhouse to work with. Stay tuned for opportunities to advertise, guest post and as always, have your questions answered.

To contact Wendy McCance about a writing assignment, interview or speaking engagement, please email her at: [email protected]

13 thoughts on “The Shocking Secret Behind How People Are Getting Job Offers

  1. Hi Wendy. Thia is a good post. I never tried this ruse, but experienced this with individuals, applying for a position with my company. Would be counselors would present me with fantastic resumes. Of course, the truth would come out during the course of the interview. Some of them were unbelievable. But hey, more power to them, if businesses don’t do their due diligence. Blessings.

  2. I’m with you, Wendy, in being embarrassed in a new job I didn’t know anything about. First of all, I’m not good at deception and can’t remember sometimes from one moment to the next — my reason for not lying. Secondly, how would I function in that type of environment and what type of work would I produce.

    Has job hunting and job landing changed so much that integrity and work ethic is no longer considered as an asset?

    • It’s crazy isn’t it? I could understand running across one person like that, but there has been a handful. How many people out there can really do their jobs these days? Maybe the economy helped in making people getting more creative with how to go after work. Just amazing to think that a person will land a job and then pay someone to teach them the job they got.

      • Yep, you’re right about crazy, Wendy. I guess it depends on the job and how they go about checking people out they hire. Everything is done now online and shuffled to one person then the other. Guess it’s easy to miss some things that have fallen through the cracks, especially if in a virtual environment and you never get to meet them face-to-face.

  3. I agree with your first commentor, Wendy. Plus, social media is deceptive. It looks easy but to really get it to work for you in a marketing capacity takes a lot of skill, commitment and above all, time. I suppose I still consider myself a novice and I AM on FB, Twitter and LinkedIn. But that’s it - and there are other platforms I have no interest in using (but probably should). Maybe the bar for these jobs is too low. Which surprises me.

    • Hi Pam, the whole topic really took me by surprise. I am still stunned at the number of people who openly go after and GET jobs with no qualifications. The most surprising part (which I probably should have added in the post) was that they would tell me their situation. They would say they were in a rush to get up to speed because they just landed a job and needed to know the information to do their job. I couldn’t believe how many people would disclose information that they took a job they knew nothing about.

  4. I wouldn’t want a job that I did not have at least some qualifications. It would be stressful for the employee and frustrating for the employer. Unless you both knew ahead of time that you’d need on the job training. Even with writing, I’m know not to advertise as being something I’m not. I realize I’m no social media expert and barely understand SEO. An interview for a position for which you are totally unprepared could be devastating.

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