Beyond LinkedIn: Using Niche Social Media Platforms in the Job Hunt

Date: Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Location: The Wix Lounge, 235 West 23rd St., New York, NY 10011
Dress: Business Casual
Hashtag: #smwFindSpark

Sure, LinkedIn is the go-to platforms for keeping up with news and staying in touch with professional contacts, but have you considered using niche social media platforms to help you get a job? Platforms like Pinterest, Polyvore, reddit, Instagram, and YouTube might not seem like a place to focus your job hunt efforts, but if used creatively, platforms beyond the basics can help you make and maintain connects,  stand out in the application process, and eventually land a new gig.

Wondering how you can use these platforms to your advantage in the hunt, regardless of what type of job you’re applying for? Join us for an evening of insightful tips from those who’ve used this strategy and succeeded.

You’ll come away with a fresh outlook on your job hunt and career management, inspiration, and, as is true for all our events, new connections and friends.

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Ryan Broderick
Ryan Broderick
Ryan Broderick is a reporter for BuzzFeed where he makes things for the Internet or covers things other people made for the Internet. Ryan has met both Grumpy Cat and Lil Bub. They are much smaller than you’d expect in real life. When he’s not on the Internet, he’s usually trying to figure out what to do with his hands.

Mark + Jimmy
Founders & Creative Directors

The New York-based artist collective/creative agency known as Mr. GIF is comprised of Jimmy Repeat and Mark Portillo. Since April 2011, the duo has been at the forefront of the resurgence of the GIF, or graphics interchange format. Their quirky, topical, and downright beautiful animations have helped the college friends land GIF gigs with Nike, MTV, Coke, Disney, Burberry, and Maison Martin Margiela. Their work is an eclectic and electric mix of hand-drawn art, hypnotizing photographs, ill 8-bit compositions and much more. Plus they are really cool dudes.

Linda Dimyan
Linda Dimyan
Associate Producer
Mad Money with Jim Cramer, CNBC
Linda Dimyan grew up in a traditional Coptic community in Queens, New York. She attended New York University and graduated in 2010. During her undergraduate career, Linda spent time abroad in countries including Kenya, England, and Australia. She graduated with a major in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Chemistry. After college, Linda got a job at “Mad Money with Jim Cramer” on CNBC. She produces financial news segments and controls the show’s social media accounts.

Kevin Wang
Kevin Wang
Junior Strategist
Kevin Wang was born in Singapore, raised in Hong Kong, and corrupted in Newport Beach, CA. Bred to be an investment banker, he fled abruptly in college for a more interesting discipline, graduating Boston University in 2013 with a degree in Advertising and minors in Business, Economics, and the Liberal Arts. After a short stint at Wieden + Kennedy, Kevin moved to BBDO New York, the most awarded advertising agency in the US, where he now helps brands overcome indifference, connect with people, and become relevant in culture. In his spare time, he works on creative projects, eats at greasy diners with people, and lurks on Reddit.

Angela Giacchetti
Angela Giacchetti
NYC Marketing Manager
Equal parts marketing strategist and proud feminist, Angela Giacchetti’s career is focused on bringing people together around shared passions and causes. As NYC Marketing Manager for online ticketing and registration company Eventbrite, Angela leads targeted local marketing efforts and manages the Eventbrite community in NYC.

Currently, Angela serves as Pro-Choice Network Chair of WIN.NYC and is an active member of NYTechWomen. She’s also had the honor of speaking at the Pencils of Promise Leadership Institute, the Planned Parenthood Truth Tour, and Purchase College’s 30th Annual Natural & Social Science Symposium.

In her past life in nonprofit development and public affairs, Angela advocated on behalf of issues in public health, education, and gender equity. She holds a B.A. in Gender Studies and Political Science from the State University of New York at Purchase College. When she’s not geeking out on marketing or going to an event, you can usually find her embarking on some messy DIY food project, hanging with Gloria the kitten, or playing outside.

Sam Morrison
Sam Morrison
Video Production Manager
Sam Morrison’s life-goal is to do a backflip on each of the 7 continents (he’s done 5 out of 7 so far). Sam found employment using his network on Instagram. Find out more about Sam via Twitter, LinkedIn and his personal website.

Special thanks to our host: The Wix Lounge, Sponsored by

wixlogolg enables everyone to design, publish and host stunning HTML5 websites. No coding, no previous design skills, just log in to Wix and start creating with our easy drag-and-drop website builder! In that spirit of encouraging creativity and enabling entrepreneurship, in 2010 Wix founded the NYC Wix Lounge. The Wix Lounge is a completely free co-working, event and exhibit space for creative professionals. Grab your laptop, pop into the Lounge and enjoy a productive work day, great networking opportunities, and amazing events. The Wix Lounge provides free support to New Yorkers, giving them the tools and tips for successfully launching and managing their businesses’ online presence. To learn more, please visit

Special thanks to our sponsor: The New Media Program at Molloy College.


The New Media Program at Molloy College focuses on how the use of visual media, images, and digital text help convey ideas and distinctive understandings of the world, resulting in continually learning about the use of technology as a utility and a resource. The courses range from web design to webseries production and digital storytelling to digital literacy. At Molloy College in Rockville Centre, NY, students gain the knowledge, skills and self-confidence they need to make a difference in their lives and in our fast-paced, ever-changing world. Go ahead. Start something!

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