Josh Chiles Using Social Media to Try to Become USA Today’s Social Media Manager

As reported by WebNewser last week via sister blog FishbowlNY, USA Today announced plans to hire a social media manager. But how can potential applicants set themselves apart in the flood of résumés the Gannett-owned national newspaper is sure to receive?

WebNewser received an email from Josh Chiles, who decided that the best way to be considered for the position of social media manager was to use social media. From Chiles’ email:

USA Today is hiring a social media manager and I’m using social media to help me get hired. Two days ago, I noticed the job posting and applied with my résumé, like everyone else, I’m sure. I thought just submitting my résumé for this position wouldn’t be enough, so I created a strategy to set myself apart. I created profiles on Facebook and Twitter to spread my message, get noticed, and gain a little momentum.

I have a plan of action for the next 30 days and could really use your help to spread my message. I’ve been unemployed for the past six months and I hope by using social media, it sets me apart just enough.