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Don’t Quit Your Day Job

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“Your job is to do your job, but it is also to realize that your job is bigger than your job description is. (Nice sentence huh.)”  – Julien Smith

Do you work in social media? If you answered yes, I bet many people tell you how lucky you are and ask for advice on how to snag a similar spot. If you answered no, but you are drawn to social media, wish it were your day job, and you feel like you are surrounded by late adopters who just don’t get it, don’t quit your day job – yet. You don’t need social media in your title to make it your job. Your help is wanted, even if no one is asking.

Social media is just another way of communicating, albeit on a bigger, faster, rapidly changing playing field. Since when is job performance harmed by better communication or knowledge of emerging technologies?  You have fast, cheap communication; access to millions of people you will never meet at your local Starbucks; and you understand the technology, tools & best practices. If you are the only one at your place of work or within your community who understands social media, consider it an opportunity.

You can pine over a job at Twitter or Facebook, but why limit your goals to a specific company or job title?  We all know what happens to those who follow the lemmings…

Use social media to go beyond your job description, beyond what is expected of you and explore the outer limits of the status quo:

  • Consider how you can  do your job better, differently and bring something valuable to the table without being asked.
  • Establish bigger goals far outside of your performance review.  It’s not just a job, if you are like most people, it’s where you spend most of your waking hours. If you need inspiration, listen to Eminem’s “Lose Yourself”: Look, if you had one shot…
  • Become a specialist because you can, and, in most cases, your expertise will be recognized.

The days of eight hour jobs and wearing one hat are over, but so, too, are job descriptions that limit one’s responsibilities to a few bullet points. Don’t quit your day job, redefine it.

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  1. Keenan
    October 16, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    Spoken by someone who lives this everyday. Well done, Liza, with a Z. If someone is “pining” for a job, then it’s time to reevaluate their mind set. Take action, it’s the key to anything and everything in life.

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