Would You Hire a Social Media Samurai?
As I make may way about NYC for Internet Week I allow myself a little me time to get other work done and browse these Internets for any number of reasons. At one point I decided to Google Social Media Samurai just to see what pops up. As expected it’s a lot of me but there were some other things I noticed in the search. For starters I am not the only social media samurai out there. I’m the only one doing it how I do but the title is out there. In addition to that I came across a 4 year old article titled “Would You Hire A Social Media Samurai?” The woman asked the question framed around another question of what exactly is a SMS and what does one do? She seemed quite lost due to new wave of create titles that many now like you use. Well let’s chat on this a bit.
“I think I get why folks working in social media do this. They want a title that conveys the hip or cool quotient of their jobs, which they believe is much higher than a simple “consultant,” “manager” or “strategist.” Fine. I’m a “live-and-let-live” kind of person. But do they seriously think these kinds of titles are going to help them get work from suit-and-tie business types…”
To answer that last question know I don’t think my title will add much to getting work regardless of if it’s the suit and tie crowd, tee-shirt and sneakers crowd or anyone else. What gets me work is the talent, skill and knowledge I bring to the table. Anyone looking for help that can’t get past a title to see what abilities are there will lose out. That’s a tired mindset that is failing to adapt to how the world is changing. With that being said there are issues with these grand titles.
“… Take those social-media ninjas: Ninjas were known for killing without making noise. They might be the least social people ever. Putting “ninja” on your resume might feel awesome now, but you’re going to feel stupid when someone asks you to explain it. ” – Stanchak
Throwing a catchy name on your resume can make you look very silly if it’s not something you can quantify and define in your own way. I’ve always had an appeal for Asian cultures as well as online, internet driven media. My claim of Social Media Samurai is very much about me the person as it is the technical element of the job(s) I do.
Samurai (侍?), usually referred to in Japanese as bushi (武士?, [bu͍ꜜ.ɕi̥]) or buke (武家?), were the military nobility of medieval and early-modern Japan. According to translator William Scott Wilson: “In Chinese, the character 侍 was originally a verb meaning to wait upon or accompany persons in the upper ranks of society, and this is also true of the original term in Japanese, saburau. In both countries the terms were nominalized to mean “those who serve in close attendance to the nobility,”
That’s the definition of Samurai. In my spaces my role is that of working with and serving the advancement of a larger goal or cause. There are no nobles or royalty in the mix from Evita Robinson head of Nomadness to The Reece Brother’s, creators of The Omega Nexus, I’ve worked with many who represent brands I take pride in working for/with. The samurai label is something that I am more so then what I do.
Getting back to the title question of will anyone hire a Social Media Samurai? You damn right they will. I get that it’s not for everyone and I’m fine with that. The Internets aren’t slowing down for folk so either you adjust and advance or you get left behind. It’s on you to define your worth and value. Once you can show and prove how you can solve a business’ problems you can work with anyone.