How to land a social media job

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by KARIN CAIFA / CNN

NWCN.com

Posted on May 23, 2011 at 1:27 PM

From big names to small startups, social media and the growing apps market are creating new opportunities.

Daily deals site Living Social started with 33 employees in January 2010. Now, they've got 1,500.

"That's everything from our developers, who are writing the code that keeps the website going, editorial staff who are writing each and every email. Design teams," said Maire Griffin, Living Social Communications Director.

That's right. You don't have to be a programming whiz. There are positions in things like sales and merchant relations, too.  And when it comes to new hires, flexibility and collaboration are coveted skills.

"We believe in championing good ideas and that idea can come from anyone from the intern to a director from the CEO," said Griffin.

Restaurant and nightlife app Venga just launched in april for iPhone, iPad and Android.  With his small startup staff, CEO Sam von Pollaro seeks utility players.

"We can't afford to have a full-time dedicated graphic designer and a full-time accountant and a full-time web person. So what we look for is people who can do a few tasks, and do them very well," said von Pollaro.

And those with an ability to roll with whatever comes next. 

"If you're one of those people that's just wound so tight that you need to know what you're to be doing tomorrow or the next week or the next month or next year, startups are really not the place for you," said von Pollaro.

A different experience, but a rewarding one, especially if that small startup grows into one of the big guys.

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