Social media and the early career historian

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A thought provoking read for all researchers

Kate Bradley

Earlier this week, a number of #twitterstorians had a debate on Twitter about the role of social media in helping early career academics.  So, does having a Twitter account actually help you to get a foot on the ladder?

Having been through the process of being appointed to an academic post and more recently having sat on shortlisting and interview panels, it is clear to me that social media is not something that is critical in whether or not an early career candidate gets shortlisted or not.  What gets you long-listed in the first place is your ability to meet all the essential criteria for the post.  A lot of other candidates will meet all of these criteria.  What helps to get you on the short-list is how well you meet the essential criteria as well as how you meet the desirable.  Different jobs in different departments in different universities…

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