Rebecca Gray never thought Facebook would present job networking opportunities - and even a job lead.
The 24-year-old Fort Mill single mother of two posted two recent Fort Mill Times stories on her Facebook page, sharing it with 278 of her friends. A friend saw the Facebook postings and contacted her about a possible server position at a nearby restaurant. Within minutes of discovering the opportunity, Gray was corresponding back-and-forth with the friend about the job.
"I was like 'wow!'" said Gray, who was laid off in 2007 from Ashley Furniture. "It was kind of unexpected."
This week, she plans on visiting the restaurant to apply. Having two years of experience as a server and childcare options for her 8-month-old son and 3-year-old daughter, Gray thinks she would be a good fit for the job.
"If it brings money in the meantime, it's something I can do until I find a permanent position," said Gray, who has been staying at her mom's Fort Mill home to save money.
Now, she hopes Facebook will produce more opportunities as she continues to post stories and update her friends.
Last week, Gray started working part time for her sister's insurance brokerage company - trying to generate business from new car buyers - until she can find a permanent full-time job.