SOCIAL media was crucial for Bisi Ashiru to get a job in Adelaide when she and her partner moved to Australia from the UK last year. She was able to network to find opportunities, arrange interviews, learn about the company and ‘‘ meet’’ her prospective co-workers using online tools such as Skype, YouTube, Facebook and LinkedIn.
‘‘ It gave me a bit of insider knowledge, as it were,’’ she says. ‘‘ Normally I would be going to a country where I’d know no one, but through the links it makes coming to a completely new country more accessible.’’
She still uses social media in her work as an architect, connecting and communicating with work colleagues and contacts through social media, including the internal network established to help co-workers discuss projects as they work.
‘‘ You don’t realise you use it for the things you use it for,’’ she says.
‘‘ With LinkedIn, there’s lots of groups you can join, not in the sense of you having to be collaborative but just bouncing ideas around. ‘‘ There’s some elements on Facebook where you can get information on subjects that you are interested in.
‘‘ Hassell has put things out on YouTube, which people can look at and get a snapshot of what’s happening.’’