When former news reporter and professor Sree Sreenivasan lost his job as the chief digital officer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, he took advantage of a tool he knows very well: social media.
In a June 2016 Facebook post, Sreenivasan explained the loss of his role at the Met due to financial restructuring and outlined his plans for the future. He also provided a form where people in his network could offer suggestions, adding: “If you want to invite me to anything, I now have time, including for meaningful cups of coffee and drinks.”
To his surprise, the post received an overwhelming response. Over 1,000 people responded, prompting Sreenivasan to embark on a very public job search with its own hashtag, #sree3oh. He was hired by Mayor Bill DeBlasio as the city’s third chief digital officer on Aug. 1.
In a recent Making Sen$e report, NewsHour special correspondent Roben Farzad traveled to New York City to meet with Sree Sreenivasan and see what job seekers could learn from him. At 3 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 19, Sree (@sree) will join PBS NewsHour for a Twitter chat to talk more about networking and how going public on social media about looking for work can land you on your feet after a job loss. Have questions for Sree? Send them now via the hashtag #NewsHourChats.