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    Question Dishonest to add Extracurricular title to Resume?

    Just looking for thoughts/contributions.

    Currently Help Desk/Network Support at a local for-profit college.

    Recently took it upon myself (after speaking with corporate) to take over their instagram. (It was dormant)

    Even though I'm not technically or not hired on as SMM;

    Would it be wrong to have that as my 2nd title on my resume.

    Look something like

    Local Network Support/Social Media Manager

    and duty would be something like

    Managing and pursuing leads via Instagram channels for XXXXX, while building brand awareness and loyalty through engagement to increase following/likes.

    Would that be wrong or dishonest from a future employer's perspective?

    I'm not paid anything extra, it's more extracurricular in a sense...
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    I'd run it by the boss and see if you can get it baked into your HR record.

    With that said, no I wouldn't add it to my title, I would add it as a bullet point though. If your job is what you list, I would just go with Network Support and leave off the help desk. If you can get them to bite go with that. GL

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    Yes. Also what @Databasehead said.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Daneil3144 View Post
    Just looking for thoughts/contributions.

    Currently Help Desk/Network Support at a local for-profit college.

    Recently took it upon myself (after speaking with corporate) to take over their instagram. (It was dormant)

    Even though I'm not technically or not hired on as SMM;

    Would it be wrong to have that as my 2nd title on my resume.

    Look something like

    Local Network Support/Social Media Manager

    and duty would be something like

    Managing and pursuing leads via Instagram channels for XXXXX, while building brand awareness and loyalty through engagement to increase following/likes.

    Would that be wrong or dishonest from a future employer's perspective?

    I'm not paid anything extra, it's more extracurricular in a sense...
    Why? Why oh why? Does this new task add any new value to your profession? Or why not ask for compensation? That activity could be generating thousands, is that shown as bonus in your salary? Couldnt you spend that time for something more relevant to your job position?
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    When I read "social media manager" my exact reaction was "wait, WHAT???" What are you trying to achieve by adding this? What is the next step in your career? If I see a technical resume with these duties I would just consider them fluff.
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    Agree with everyone else. If you go for another networking job I'd only question why you had chosen to water down your duties with taking on social media tasks, it's not a tech skill. It's the equiv of me going for an engineering role and saying I'm also really good at snapchat.

    Now, disregard if you're trying to get a job as a social media manager instead.
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    Yea, I'd do it. If your planning on leaving IT and go into marketing I think it would look great on the resume.
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    Yea, I'd do it. If your planning on leaving IT and go into marketing I think it would look great on the resume.
    Then they call your previous employer and they say no but he was on the help desk......
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    Social Media Manager is a side duty for a low-paid HR employee in my perception. Good thinking of creating a bullet point like that, but I don't think this bullet point is valuable.
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    A little dishonesty never hurt anyone. I say go for it. As Rob Schneider would say, you can do it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by yoba222 View Post
    Social Media Manager is a side duty for a low-paid HR employee in my perception. Good thinking of creating a bullet point like that, but I don't think this bullet point is valuable.

    Yea, thanks based on everyone's input, not going to change/adjust my title.

    And this 'bullet point' is probably something that is only going to show up on my linkedin profile, not my resume.
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    No offense guys and gals but some of the advice on this thread and previous threads is downright criminal. Unreal.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by DatabaseHead View Post
    No offense guys and gals but some of the advice on this thread and previous threads is downright criminal. Unreal.....
    Agreed!!

    To the OP

    Go with your job title, and don't fabricate things. Be yourself on Linked in and in person. People will be skeptical if you say Social Media Manager on one resume(linked in), and you're something else on another resume.

    If you want to stand out, then I would suggest looking for projects to do during down time.

    The projects can be discussed in an interview, or mentioned in a cover letter. Also, pursue certifications that you can add to your resume.


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    Here is what a Social Media Manager does:

    They work with social media. That much may be a little obvious, but what do they specifically do day in and day out?

    While the exact duties may change based on industry and brand demands, the duties, tasks and responsibilities of a social media manager may include some or all of the following:

    Set goals and plan out an extensive social media strategy
    Develop brand awareness and build an online reputation
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    Monitor trends in social media tools, applications, channels, design and strategy, and implement the ones that are going to provide the most benefit
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    ^^ Yep, I know a couple actual social media managers. Posting pictures to instagram != being a SMM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DatabaseHead View Post
    No offense guys and gals but some of the advice on this thread and previous threads is downright criminal. Unreal.....
    LOL, I thought it was safe to assume he wasn't going for a Marketing position since he was asking on an IT forum with my post... Hence I didn't think it would actually help him. I may have been reaching with my sarcasm there.

    I am kind of a bad a$$ tho
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    Always go with your official title. Background check companies are going to call and confirm your dates and title. That's two spots you really don't want to lie about.
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    If it was work that you did, regardless whether you were getting paid you should think about adding it - if nothing else, it shows your ambition and interest.
    The only dishonest part is if you falsify the information on your resume (which from the sound of it, doesn't sound like what you're trying to do.)
    Just make sure you're saying this was on a volunteer basis, don't try to make it out like it's part off your paid duties.
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    No offense guys and gals but some of the advice on this thread and previous threads is downright criminal. Unreal.....


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    Quote Originally Posted by TheFORCE View Post
    Why? Why oh why? Does this new task add any new value to your profession? Or why not ask for compensation? That activity could be generating thousands, is that shown as bonus in your salary? Couldnt you spend that time for something more relevant to your job position?
    Who knows? I don't know the answer to that myself. Most of it is automated, due to a few scripts/programs I run, tbh. I just opportunity and I approached a few people. I have no idea where my road leads. This time last year I was a Probation Officer and I've had an interest in marketing/recruiting. Let me find out you're offering $500 for a referral via HR. But, I know it isn't lucrative already making 40k at my first IT position.

    Quote Originally Posted by NetworkingStudent View Post
    Go with your job title, and don't fabricate things. Be yourself on Linked in and in person. People will be skeptical if you say Social Media Manager on one resume(linked in), and you're something else on another resume.
    I meant my job title would be the same, but it would be an extra bullet via linkedin.
    That would kind of be expected, since resumes are supposed to be tailored towards the job.
    LinkedIn may have everything.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Daneil3144 View Post
    Just looking for thoughts/contributions.

    Currently Help Desk/Network Support at a local for-profit college.

    Recently took it upon myself (after speaking with corporate) to take over their instagram. (It was dormant)

    Even though I'm not technically or not hired on as SMM;

    Would it be wrong to have that as my 2nd title on my resume.

    Look something like

    Local Network Support/Social Media Manager

    and duty would be something like

    Managing and pursuing leads via Instagram channels for XXXXX, while building brand awareness and loyalty through engagement to increase following/likes.

    Would that be wrong or dishonest from a future employer's perspective?

    I'm not paid anything extra, it's more extracurricular in a sense...

    Now, imagine being a hiring manager looking at your resume and wondering why your applying for 'whatever position'. Would the description on the resume "jive" with the next position you would likely be applying? What do think the hiring manager would think discovering the candidate in question is a hybrid support desk/social media manager? Does this person look like a good candidate for a lower level position than a manager of insert title here?

    Personally, I see it as a potential self inflicted (career) injury.

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    Just got this e-mail from my employer...

    Your facility is the winner of the Instagram follower contest. But in order for me to present it to the rest of the facilities I would like to ask all of you how did you raise your followers by so much? What tactics did you use and what advice can you offer the rest of the facilities.

    First of all, I didn't even know there was a contest and I feel this work shouldn't be extracurricular. LOL


    Going to have to marinate on this all night, should I tell the truth(as I use blackhat SEO tactics such as automation) or should I state it was all manual engagement?! Or maybe a mix of manual and a script.
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    Oh yeah. Definitely lie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daneil3144 View Post
    Just got this e-mail from my employer...

    First of all, I didn't even know there was a contest and I feel this work shouldn't be extracurricular. LOL

    Going to have to marinate on this all night, should I tell the truth(as I use blackhat SEO tactics such as automation) or should I state it was all manual engagement?! Or maybe a mix of manual and a script.
    To put this in context with the original post, you're wondering if you should list managing social networking as a core piece of the job, when your techniques (black hat SEO) could cause the social media account to get banned by search engines (depending on the particular techniques used)?
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    Quote Originally Posted by EANx View Post
    To put this in context with the original post, you're wondering if you should list managing social networking as a core piece of the job, when your techniques (black hat SEO) could cause the social media account to get banned by search engines (depending on the particular techniques used)?
    Yeah, this is sounding like a recipe for disaster. I heard JC Penny’s was gaming the search engines(aka Google) and was doing a really good job at it until Google updated its algorithm and then their web traffic tanked.

    Black hat is how you go from hero to zero to fired. It would especially suck getting fired over it when it’s not your primary duties.
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