How Facebook has aided in my after graduation job search.

So has anyone ever noticed that our Facebook pages have slowly ‘gotten to know us’? Over the past few years I have noticed that any other sites I visit frequently or even just once could turn into an advertisement that pops up on my page. The internet has become more and more connected throughout the years. At first this used to annoy me. I did not like the thought of Facebook getting to know my personal tastes or even having suggestions for me… Let’s just say that I thought about getting off the grid, Ron Swanson style.

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Anyways, we all have seen this little number above an ad while scrolling through our home pages. I highly disliked these ‘suggested posts’ and would fair warn people not to click on them. In my mind, this was just a way for Facebook to gather more and more information about me, which I did not enjoy.

But then I started to notice something that actually would be beneficial to me. What was that you might ask? Well, this December I will be graduating from the University of Georgia and that calls for some job searching. I have recently had a spark in interest for the outdoors, so I have been considering some jobs that I could help me focus this passion. The problem was I had no clue on where to start.

As someone who loves the outdoors, I tend to spend quite a bit of time researching places to go hike, canoe, etc. on the internet. This is then translated over into pop up ads on my Facebook page. One day, though, I noticed that I wasn’t as hesitant to click on some of these posts.

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This created a domino effect. I was finding more and more resources and companies that I could see myself working for. It was great! This also meant more ads would be posted on my homepage.

From a few little clicks on my Facebook and researching some things on other sites, I have been able to find a handful of companies I could see myself working for all across the country.

Example 1: Seattle, Washington…

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So in the end, I do sometimes dislike how interconnected the internet has become but then awesome opportunities can also arise from this. I would say it is a love/hate relationship:)

Staying connected despite a minor setback.

August 5th was the beginning of yet another olympic games. There was no doubt that I was very excited to watch athletes from all over the world compete for gold, silver and bronze. I was even more excited to see all of my fellow Georgia Bulldawgs compete. Unfortunately, I ran into one large problem… I was lacking cable. Whoops.

I tried to looking for any way to watch these olympic games when finally I realized oh wait… I have so many other ways to connect than just watching these on a television. I immediately found an app created by NBC that could keep me updated on any event I wanted to know about.

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Along with this awesome way to stay connected to the competition, I realized that by following a few news and sports pages on Facebook I was receiving updates instantly after the United States won a medal, some of my favorite athletes won an event, etc.

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So despite not having cable (and no plan to get it anytime soon), social media updates and posts have allowed me to keep track of these olympic games better than any in the past. That made for one happy fan right here:)