Becoming more tech-savvy

February 17, 2009 4:02:34 PM PST
In this recession, with unemployment rates rising, many people are looking for ways to make themselves more employable. And for some, that means getting with the times and becoming tech savvy.

Now, there is a class that can do just that.

"It's a great time to immerse yourself in the digital world," Shelly Palmer said.

Palmer may have been born before the days of cell phones and laptops, but he teaches people how to get the digital edge, something that's vital in these tough economic times.

That's why Dan Stubbs went to one of Shelly's seminars.

"I've been on computers for over 25 years, for sure," he said. "And I know that what has happened is that the technology has come to a point where if you don't maximize it properly, you lose it. You're losing out on opportunity."

He, like most people in the room, are over the age of 35, which is right about where the so-called socio-techno divide lies.

These types of seminars can help give men and women. Jane Peters came from Ohio to learn how to better tailor her ad company to the Web.

"I really to learn how to really utilize that in the best way for my clients," she said.

She's trying to stay relevant, and doing so digitally will help. Some other tips include:

Don't be afraid of social networking sites, such as Facebook. Just make sure your online image is professional. It should match your offline presence.

And don't forget nothing can be unsaid. So don't put anything online or in an e-mail that could come back to haunt you.

And finally if you're out of work, use the time to immerse yourself in all things Internet.

The next seminar is on Thursday, February 26 at 630 Second Avenue (at 35th Street). For more information, visit ShellyPalmer.com/seminars.

--- WEB PRODUCED BY: Bill King


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