Debt Reduction, Where My Money Goes

Using technology in an uncertain economy

My husband can’t really fathom the enjoyment that I get through Facebook and Twitter. He steadfastly refuses to join Facebook (“If I want to be in touch with someone, I’ll be in touch with them,” he claims.) and he doesn’t understand why I’m obsessed with having my own personal news feed. (Or why I really care what Neil Gaiman, Diablo Cody, JT Ellison or Meghan McCain are doing on an hourly basis.)

But while I embrace this technology for the sheer joy of posting pictures of our wedding or tweeting about the injustice of work from time to time (recent Tweet: “and reminder to self – in future episodes of work strife, be listening to something tougher than dusty springfield. she’s awesome, but …”), I’ve been noticing a different trend from my friends and former colleagues who also use these sites: Social networking to find employment opportunities.

Right before the wedding last month, there was my old newspaper colleague Peter wondering if anyone had heard of jobs in the Atlanta or Minnesota area. (Regarding the disparity in distance – he currently lives in Atlanta and started his career in this great state.)

“Layoff or relocation?” I tweeted.
“Layoff,” he replied.

Uff da.

Then there was Lori … A few weeks ago, I got a message through my LinkedIn network from an old college classmate of mine. She had moved to Texas about a year ago and was looking to come back to this area.

“I’ve been looking in the papers and have seen nothing. If you hear of any job openings, will you keep me in mind?”

So far I’m not sure how my friends have fared with their search via Twitter, LinkedIn or Facebook, but I’ve noticed that businesses are taking note of the power of social networks.

If I hear any success stories, I’ll keep you posted. But what’s interesting about my relationship with Peter is that our “friendship” is based on old-fashioned coincidence. My first job was as a rookie reporter in Willmar, Minnesota. He took over my job when I left to work in Wisconsin. We have only met each other once, but would email back and forth when he had questions about various ongoing stories that I had worked on when I was in Willmar but were resolving during his tenure at the paper.

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Spending update – Tuesday: No money was spent. Last night’s dinner was pancakes because they are hubby’s favorite food, they are quick (we finished placing the landscaping fabric down last night at about 8 p.m.) and because I have a HUGE box of Bisquick in the pantry.

Like I said before, it takes about 30 days to establish a new habit and I can already feel the mental shift that’s happening. There’s something that is satisfying about making do with what you have. Life almost feels more intentional – although that might have more to do with the landscaping project than anything else. 🙂

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1 thought on “Using technology in an uncertain economy

  1. I think everyone who is in the working world should join LinkedIn, if for no other reason than what you described – that isn’t a frivolous social network, it’s an avenue to getting jobs. And when looking for jobs, you have to take advantage of every avenue you have.

    On the flip side…I have been reading many articles lately about employers using social networks to screen potential or current employees. The legality of this is still somewhat in question, but you should consider this when you’re looking for jobs, and at least make sure that anything you don’t want to be seen isn’t available to the general public. Facebook has fantastic security controls which allow you limit pretty much everything, but not all sites do.

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