A CHESTER University student has used social media to talk her way into a job before sitting her final exams.

While many of her peers are still revising or thinking about summer jobs after graduation, journalism student Lily Tucker, 22, launched a campaign on micro-blogging site Twitter to get herself a job. Within weeks of launching the campaign, she attracted the attention of Wirral-based Freer PR and was taken on as an account executive.

Lily said: “I started the hashtag #OperationHireLily to see how far my Twitter connections could take me.

“I never expected to get such a great response or find a company that I was so in tune with, so landing the position was the icing on the cake.”

Lily, who came to the attention of Freer PR director Nicola Spindler thanks to a series of ‘retweets’, also has a year’s PR experience through work placements and a part-time role at marketing communications firm James Rae Communications.

The appointment was made at a very busy and promising time for Freer PR after new account wins prompted an expansion.

Freer PR managing director Nicola Spindler said: “At Freer PR we pride ourselves on the strong relationships we build with our clients. The business has grown purely through referral, by achieving great results for our clients.

“Recent account wins meant that in order to continue to offer the best possible service the team would need to grow.

“I am positive that our combined skills and working relationship will lead to even bigger and better coverage for our clients.”