Investigating links connecting career marketing and technology

In the Dining room

The world in 2010 is totally different than 100 years ago or 50 years ago or 25 years ago. If you think about it, to most of us, that’s ancient history!

The world changed in the past 10 years or 5 years, and I bet you can think of significant changes to our lifestyle and technology in the past 12 months.

100 Years Ago: The Amazing Technology of 1910 Heather Whipps from Live Science

One full century ago, the new technologies that had people talking were considered just as groundbreaking. Electricity led the charge of developments that were changing the way people lived every day, with transportation and chemistry not far behind.

The telephone was another hot new commodity in 1910, with millions of American homes already connected by manual switchboard.

50 years ago from The People History

In the Bedroom

  • Boeing 707 Jet Airliner comes into service cutting 8 hrs from transatlantic Flight
  • USSR Luna 2 crashes onto the Moon as the first man-made object and Luna 3 sends back first photos of the far side of Earth’s Moon
  • Average Cost of new house $12,400.00 | Average Yearly Wages $5,010.00  | Cost of a gallon of Gas 25 cents

As I was reading Gini Dietrich’s post: Building your Online Presence around Mobile Payments, I was thinking about this:

If you’ve ever used your phone at Starbucks in Target to pay for your purchase, you’ll understand where this is going. But, instead of it being tied to a Starbucks card, your phone will actually talk to your bank account.

In the bathroom

How’s that for amazing? Almost mind-blogging. Go read the rest of Gini’s post to get into the conversation about the good or bad of mobile payments from your phone and a host of other interesting thoughts.

Changing Technology

We are changing our world so fast. The photos in this post are my thermostat for my furnace. I’m thinking 100 years ago even furnaces were a new technology.

When I upgraded my furnace this year, I was telling Jim Hurtis that the location for the thermostat wasn’t ideal. It was on a wall that gets full afternoon sun, opposite the wood burning fireplace, and the other side of the wall is my oven. I was only thinking we should find a new location. Jim’s solution was this moving thermostat. It goes where you are. If the oven is on, it goes in a room that isn’t near the oven.

Here’s the catch, I have to be willing to try something new. Whether it is paying with my phone at Starbucks or moving my thermostat, none of these innovations help me if I am afraid to try them.

Career Marketing & Technology

If you are looking to make a career change or you have lost your job and need a new one, you need to see what new technologies will help you move forward toward your goals.

As I write, I realize that the audience I need to reach is not even using online tools for the most part. Most job seekers know about online job boards but not the rest of the resources, like using Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, or blogging to help learn and connect.

If you’re reading this and know someone who is jobless or wanting to change careers, you help point them to new resources.

100 years ago, someone had to turn on the first switch and show others how much brighter it made the room.


  1. Kim Woodbridge on November 18, 2010 at 10:43 am

    A friend of mine has been unemployed for almost 2 years – it’s starting to look better and he’s getting more interviews, but that’s a long time.

    I’ve tried to encourage him to look into other revenue streams as so many of have done. For example, he drew a beautiful picture of my daughter when she was a baby. I’m sure a lot of new parents would be happy to pay for something like that. And I’ve tried to talk to him about ways to market this online. But he’s resistant or perhaps afraid of the change and moving away from traditional employment – even though it’s been failing him.

    I’m pretty good with technology 😉 I’m, however, terrible with cameras and a new cell phone stumps me at first.

  2. Julie Walraven on November 18, 2010 at 10:48 am

    Hi Kim, the challenges of entrepreneurship frighten more people than even technology as you know. It takes a certain breed to even try to launch something in a good economy and then there are those of us like you and me who jump fully into the fray in the worst economy in 80 years. I think this is a time when the right service is welcomed. There is always a part time opportunity as an entrepreneur while you work another job. Perhaps your friend could give that a try. I suspect he knows someone who could help him get an online presence! 🙂

  3. Gini Dietrich on November 19, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    There is a great video that @equalman does at Soc
    Socialnomics that shows how many years technology (TV, radio, Internet, iPods, etc.) have taken to get to 50 million users. It ranges from 38 years to less than year for the newer technologies. It’s changing so quickly that people MUST adapt or get left behind. And that’s for shopping, thermostats, and finding a job.

    Here is the video if you haven’t seen it:

    • Julie Walraven on November 19, 2010 at 2:52 pm

      Thanks, Gini, both for stopping by and for the video link. I have seen it before and used it in presentations but I can remember when I saw it for the first time (via Twitter) and how mind-blowing it was then. I know you see the same revolution working with the many trends you see. I’ll be interested in what your future trend webinar teaches. Speaking of videos, it is a special treat to have a visit from the master of video communication! Love your videos!

      • Gini Dietrich on November 19, 2010 at 3:48 pm

        You are VERY kind, but I’m far from a master! Can’t wait to “see” you on Dec. 15!!

  4. Melissa Cooley on November 22, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    That’s the rub — being willing to try something new. It’s so easy to get stuck in that rut of “this is how I’ve always done it, and nothing will make me change!”

    The thing is, a person who is stubborn about carrying out a job search in the traditional way speaks volumes about how s/he could be in a position. Really, would that person be on the cutting edge of his/her field? Whether the person is or not, the easy assumption is “no.”

  5. Julie Walraven on November 22, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    True enough, Melissa! And there are so many who are totally clueless that there is any other way and even the thought of turning a computer on is a challenge. There are some people who will never reach their full potential until they conquer that hurdle.

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