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Are You Automating Part of Your Job Search Strategy?

Are you setting Google alerts for career leads and more? It’s a great way to keep on top of the things you are interested in, and it can be very helpful when you are juggling all the details of a job search. It’s simple to set up notifications for your email or feed for whenever you want to be alerted to mentions of a subject.

You can set up a Google alert of any mention of a particular company or even a name that you are interested in. Then, you will receive a notification as it happens — once a day or once a week, and these notifications will be sent directly to your email inbox or feed, whichever you prefer. Other possible subjects include:

• industries in the location where you are moving to
• breaking news about leaders and industry developments
• monitor your online profile so you see what they see when you are researched
• research your field for possible authoritative posts about current issues
• prepare for interviews by having intelligent things to say

Your job search strategies can get a daily dose of helpful information to act upon without having to remember to do repeated research. You basically set it and forget it. All of the alerts get sent to your feed or inbox and a quick skim down the list lets you know if anything is worth reading further. I recommend checking your alerts as they come in for the great chance of success. Then, immediately applying for and sending your resume out for any jobs that come through the alert that interest you.

As you do this on a regular basis, a gradual building of perspective occurs because you are seeing the big, online picture of the subjects you are interested in. The longer you do it, the more ideas you’ll have for adjusting your particular settings to fit what you are interested in. This is also a great way to really dig into the types of jobs that you are interested in and you can fine tune your search subjects at any time. Even if you are currently employed, but still looking for that perfect job - Google Alerts is a great way to keep an eye on the job market, so you don't miss any great opportunities. Automating part of your job search strategies gives you the freedom to focus on the other areas of your job search.

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