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Will Course in Social Media Count as Experience?

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Dear Experts,

I recently came to realize I am passionate about all things Social Media. I spend hours on end reading sites like Mashable, and I’ve even enrolled in a non-credit Social Media course at a local college.

My question is, how do I get a job in social media without having had any experience in marketing, PR, or writing?

I was employed in the food service business many, many years before getting laid off last November. Currently, I am working in sales. I am not sure the two and half month Social Media course I’m taking will hold any weight when trying to apply to any jobs.

Here is how our T.A.P. experts answered this question:

Q#301 Put social media info 2 good use-start a blog. reach out 2 other ppl. Work 2 become subject matter exp in field. @kgrantcareers

Q#301 Use class info 2 launch urself on SocM, show its/ur value; cd do big proj 4 frnd w/biz or a non-profit. (@juliaerickson)

Q#301 I think that the course will help, but being able to demonstrate adding value through SM is key to landing a job. (@gradversity)

Q#301 Simply attending class does not count as exp, but completing a semester-long proj, for ex., would. (@heatherhuhman)

Q#301 Only class no. Building a quantifiable, qualifiable skill showing positive results via a proj/ possibly. (@dawnbugni)

Q#301 I’d make it a goal to be HUGE in SM in the coming weeks. Be real. Be useful. Don’t spam. (@beneubanks)

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