In other words, you’re moving forward with the process of employing a social media manager. Having a team member who can oversee both content production and social media community management is a huge asset. Having someone on staff with expertise in this area may be a huge boon to your progress, and it will also relieve some of the burden you’re under.
But how do you go about locating and picking the most qualified candidate?
How and where to Find and Hire a Social Media Manager
Here are a few things to keep in mind as you search for this new member of your brand’s team.
Use referrals and online job boards as a starting point for your hunt.
When looking for a social media manager, your first step should be to conduct a search. You may approach this problem from a number of angles… You may use social media to solicit referrals from your existing network of contacts in the business world. There is a good chance that a friend or acquaintance of yours can provide you with a solid referral. It’s not uncommon for freelancers to manage social media for many companies. If you’re only searching for someone to work sometimes, this may be the best option.
It’s also possible to start looking for work on internet job boards. The availability of freelancers through platforms like Upwork simplifies the process of building a team. It’s possible you’ll have to filter through some less-than-stellar applications before you locate the ideal one, but it’ll be well worth it.
Choose a Partner Who Gets Your Brand
This is essential for each potential new team member. Hiring someone is a big deal, therefore it’s important that they share your vision and beliefs. Why? So your whole team is standing in for you. You should surround yourself with positive brand advocates.
An additional benefit is employing a social media manager who has experience in your line of work. Consider such factors as the types of goods and services you provide, your ideal clientele, and so on. Anybody you employ will find it much easier to get started if they already have this knowledge.
Give Thought to Their Prior Knowledge
Being well-seasoned is an asset in any field. If someone has done similar work before, you can trust that they will be able to complete your projects successfully. Choose a person who has experience with the social media sites you plan to utilise. Hiring a social media manager who has prior experience working for a firm like yours is an added bonus. Don’t be shy about asking to view some of the campaigns they’ve created in the past.
But it doesn’t imply you shouldn’t try out a newcomer. This next piece of advice is for those of you who are willing to recruit someone who has not previously held this position.
Focus on a Certain Group of Abilities
Skills are the ultimate determinant of whether or not an employee will do a good job for you. In addition, there are a few traits you should look for in a social media manager candidate. They will not only be generating material, but also interacting with people online, thus a strong command of the written and spoken word is a must.
The qualities of a good social media manager are the subject of a blog post I wrote before. Look into it so you have some idea of what to expect.
Look into their online profiles
You should interview a potential social media manager to learn more about their personality and work style. And the most efficient way to accomplish it is to look them up on social media. You should look at how well someone manages their own internet presence before entrusting them with yours. After all, if a candidate is not present on these sites, how likely are you to hire them?
A few things to keep an eye out for while you peruse their social media profiles. Have you seen recent updates from them? If so, how good is the quality of their posts? Someone who values their own online reputation as much as you do is more likely to promote you online. How do they do while talking to other people? This all has implications for how they will do as a member of your team in the workplace.