We’ve all heard it.
Millennials are always on social media and using technology.
As a millennial, I’ve always balked at this statement, thinking this doesn’t apply to me. I barely use social media. However, the more I thought about it, I realized it was true. While the statement has a negative connotation, social media and technology aren’t necessarily a frivolous use of your time. Social media and technology can be used in a variety of ways by people of all ages, not just millennials.
The days of solely looking through classified ads in the newspaper for jobs is long gone. Most job hunters are using online job boards such as Indeed.com or Careerbuilder.com to search for available positions. Online job boards are a fantastic way to really target positions you qualify for and are located in the area you want.
Additionally, more and more companies are using the social media site, LinkedIn, a professional networking site. Here, you can post your resume, interests and skills. You can connect with co-workers, business associates and friends, who can endorse you for your skills and write you recommendations. According to Jobvite.com, approximately 93% of recruiters have reported using LinkedIn to find viable candidates.
Do It Yourself Projects
With a recovering economy, many people have embraced the do-it-yourself lifestyle. Social media and technology is a fantastic tool for this! YouTube is especially helpful, with video tutorials that you can easily follow step-by-step. You can find a video for practically anything from building a cabinet to learning a new crochet stitch.
If videos aren’t your thing, or you can’t be near a computer while working on your project, you can always search the web for a step-by-step written tutorial with photos. In addition, you can find helpful tips and hints to make your do-it-yourself project look professional.
If you are looking for some overall self-improvement, want to follow news stories or just like fun facts and statistics, social media is definitely a great place to find information. Social media channels like Facebook and Twitter are widely used by news outlets. These are especially easy to use, as you decide what you want to see. If you want news from your local station, like them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter!
Blogs are another great outlet for finding information, from self-help tips to satire articles. When my husband and I were buying our first house, we were constantly offering and counter-offering with our seller. We looked at a few blog posts about how to best handle this, and one suggested writing a letter to the seller, telling them what we liked and how we could see ourselves living there for a long time. We did, and our next offer was accepted!
If you’re just looking for a few quick statistics, infographics are the way to go. These charts are designed to easily give simple, concise information in a visually appealing way. They are one of the easiest and fastest ways to get the basics. Looking for spring cleaning tips? Search for spring cleaning infographic, and you’ll get a variety of results!
Pinterest is a lifesaver if you are looking for inspiration. You can search for ideas for hairstyles, home improvement projects, party decorations, furniture restoration…pretty much anything that you were looking for! One of the best things is that you can “pin” the ideas and save them for later!
Social media may have started out as a way to stay in touch with your friends, but it has evolved into an entire network with a ton of practical applications. The next time I hear that millennials are always using social media, I’ll proudly agree!
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Written By: Sarah Way