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January 30, 2009

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Dave Jennings

Paul and others,

I cannot agree more about the development of a personal network through social online networking. Paul and I have had discussions over the years about the dangers and worries associated with social networking (Facebook especially) but if you are smart about it, the tools are incredible.

I moved to Chicago five months ago without employment or a great deal of savings, and without any base of social networking in Chicago. I moved here to follow my passion and study at Second City.

As the market went down and unemployment grew, I was getting close to a possible really bad situation. I was working two part time jobs that were not getting the bills taken care of... and then I suffered a partial lay off at both jobs at the beginning of the year. I had to kick my job search ionto pretty high gear.

The things that Paul mentions here are what landed me a pretty great job using a lot of my skills as a relatively new member of the workforce (Three years out of college) and I was able to get a much better balance of work, personal life, and pay compared to my previous job in Minneapolis. Due to good contacts through Facebook I not only have a network here in Chicago, but also across the country that I have been developing. One of wich has also landed me an internship that will continue to diversify my interests and contacts while maintaining my full time and salaried position.

Was it easy? No. Was it fun? No. Does the market suck right now? Yeah. It took five months to find a job that nearly pays me what I am worth, and it is a job that will develop my talents.

And yes, as per Paul's advice, I am looking for my next job starting right away too. Not because I am unhappy-- but because you have always be ready for anything.

Dave Jennings
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Music Box Theatre-- Chicago
davejennings.net

C

Good insight on social media. There’s also some very useful job hunting and career advice on this site: http://www.spherion.com.

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