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Twitter Chat: Landing the job of your dreams through social media

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.

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