The Early Show

As you know, I’ve been working with PARADE magazine on the “What People Earn” project. Please Become a Fan on the “What People Earn” Facebook Fanpage.

PARADE pitched their story about the project to CBS’s “The Early Show”. Since I had been chatting with PARADE about my job search, employment history, social media and the NJ Unemployed networking group I created, they thought I would be a great candidate to go on “The Early Show” and discuss how I’ve been using social media and networking in my job search, as well as my NJ Unemployed networking group. As I’ve mentioned, the NJ Unemployed group started as a way for individuals who are unemployed in NJ to come together, share experiences, stories and struggles. I plan to bring in employers looking to hire, as well as presenters to speak on resume writing and business etiquette to the group as well.

“The Early Show” producers agreed that social media is a great way to network and hopefully gain full-time employment. So on Monday, April 12, 2010 between 8:00am-9:00am EST, I will be discussing social media and unemployment, as well as the “What People Earn” project. I hope you will tune in. If you are one of the lucky ones who are employed, set your DVR!

3D TV’s Are the Future and The Feature

Last week I attended the “Techlicious” blogger event at Mrs. G’s in Lawrenceville, NJ, sponsored by Mrs. G’s and Electrolux. It is part of a 5 part blogger series that they have been hosting all year.

Suzanne Kantra of Techlicious came to speak to our group on 3D TV’s. My husband was very excited to attend this event as he is very tech savvy and actually used to write for a technology magazine a number of years ago. This was right up his alley. As for me, I’m not much of a techy girl. I figured I would attend to see some friends and try to understand the tech language as best I can.

Suzanne was unbelievable! I understood every word. She doesn’t speak in total techy language. Her company gears itself towards woman, and explaining and discussing technology through a woman’s point of view and speaks in layman’s terms. This was perfect for me.

 She talked about the differences in TV’s and how 3D TV’s are simply a feature of a television. I always wondered how that worked. Many movie companies are selling their movies in 3D now and cable companies are beginning to offer 3D shows on television. I had no idea. I thought it was just for movies like “Coraline” and “Avatar”.

We were then able to have the 3D experience, I watched a group of people who were diving out of an airplane and it was super cool. It is definitely a cool feature for a TV. Plus, for kids or individuals who enjoy playing various games, you are able to hook them up to the TV for a 3D experience. Pretty cool!

 Later that day, I found out that Mitsubishi seems to be the front runner of these televisions. They are on their third round of TV’s already. My husband always says not to buy the first one that comes out, wait for the second as they have worked out the kinks by then. So based on this information, I would feel most comfortable purchasing a Mitsubishi 3D television over another brand that may have only put out one 3D TV thus far.

This was definitely a cool learning experience, plus it’s always great spending time with the Mrs. G’s VIB’s (Very Important Bloggers). Kudos to @debbieschaeffer and @mrsmonj for organizing another great event.

Why Tweetup’s & Social Media Events Are So Great

Today I attended the “Techlicious” presentation on 3D TV’s at Mrs. G’s on Route 1, Lawrenceville, NJ. This was part of a 5 part blogger series that Mrs. G’s has been so grateful to offer.

Debbie Schaeffer the owner of Mrs. G’s gave a warm welcome to the group and briefly stated how she thinks it’s so great to have events and Tweetup’s because you are finally able to meet the individuals you are connecting with online.

It got me thinking. That is so true. If you’ve never been to a Tweetup, it’s incredible. It’s not like going to a party where you don’t know anyone and you are scared of feeling awkward. Most people at the Tweetup are people you’ve been following, or vice versa. So you already know them, but from a distance.

The moment you walk into a Tweetup and tell people your Twitter handle, they usually react with a “oh I think I follow you.” It’s an opportunity to finally come face to face with people you already know that you find interesting. Sometimes at a party you end up talking to someone you maybe have no interest in talking to, because it’s forced interaction. At a Tweetup, you’ve more than likely already had a conversation with these individuals.

You follow people on Twitter because you find them interesting, or find a value or benefit in following them. So there is already an interest. Coming face to face and sharing stories and getting to know the individuals in person, is unlike anything.

I’ve never felt uncomfortable at a Tweetup. Every time I’ve attended one, I’ve walked in and immediately ran into someone I already knew (on Twitter that is). The conversation comes easy. Usually they are held at a fun location, with food and drinks. Sometimes there are ice breakers like speed dating. Other times, there may be a presentation on a social media type subject or from a company who has a large presence in the social media community.

As you know, I recently planned my own Tweetup for the NJ unemployed. Tweetup’s are typically geared towards a specific area i.e. Central Jersey, mom’s, bride’s, anyone can host a Tweetup and its simple and easy to do.

Find a local meeting space that will be able to hold the number of people you expect. Try and get some free grub, if possible. It’s always a plus. Then put together an invite (I like Twtvite). All that’s left is inviting people and letting them know about your event. This is simple, because you’re on Twitter, so you just have to post about your event and let your followers know.

If you’re not ready to host your own Tweetup, you definitely need to at least get to one. You can search http://www.twtvite.com for Tweetup’s in your area. Everyone is always looking for something. Whether it’s a job, a service or advice on a particular subject. And networking is key. So get out there and see what’s going on in your area.

PARADE Magazine

Ok, so good things are happening.

Recently my friend Hilary (whom I met through social media) forwarded me an email from PARADE Magazine. They were looking for individuals who are currently unemployed for a story they are working on. PARADE was looking for 5 individuals from all over the country to follow for the next 6 months during their job search. I immediately responded to the email and guess what? I was selected as one of five people whose search will be chronicled. How cool is that? I’m so excited.

PARADE will be providing each individual a career advisor to work with us on a weekly basis to help us find a job. We will each be introduced in the hard copy magazine, as well as online. Following that, we will have weekly conversations with our career advisor which will be documented in the online version of the magazine at http://www.parade.com.  We will also be posting daily status updates on a Facebook page.

I can’t wait. Not only will this be great exposure for me and will help me land a job, but through my daily Facebook updates, I hope to be able to help other individuals who are unemployed and let them know they are not alone. We are all in this together.

I plan to write frequently on the process so stay tuned.

In addition, make sure you check out my friend Hilary’s website http://www.mrsmonj.com and on Twitter @mrsmonj. If it wasn’t for her, I wouldn’t be having this experience.  Thanks Hils!

Social media really is a wonderful thing!