There’s the traditional way to check for jobs and then there’s the clever ways that’ll get you ahead of the crowd. Here’s 5 Ways To Hack Your Job Search
Google alerts is possibly one of Google’s most useful but under utilised tools. Using the very simple and quick interface you can tell the world’s largest search engine to send you alerts when certain content becomes available.
What makes these alerts great is that you can specify not only the actual search term but also other criteria such as:
Once you’ve created your alerts, which can be as many as you want depending upon your search requirements, you can choose to receive each alert as an individual email or have all results sent as one digest email either daily or weekly.
Some useful tips from Google regarding the search syntax include:
IFTTT can be used to connect different services and sites using the ‘If This Then That’ trigger.
By monitoring certain networks for keywords or updates form specific brands you can create custom searches for vacancies that will then trigger an action.
The action can be anything from an email alert to changing the colour of or flashing your lights (if you have the required bulbs installed!).
Some useful ‘recipe’s’ include:
Organising different searches or brands into Twitter lists is a great way to keep track of categorised content and ensuring that you’re aware of any job openings that become available.
Using tools such as Tweetdeck you’re able to create a dashboard of career opportunities and brands you’re hoping to work for.
One obvious resource for potential career opportunities is LinkedIn, but did you know that you can create alerts based on your advanced job search query?
You can get email alerts for new jobs posted on LinkedIn that match your advanced search criteria or that are recommended to you from the 'Jobs You May Be Interested In' feature.
To set up email alerts for a saved job search:
To adjust the frequency of email alerts for Jobs You May Be Interested In:
Source: LinkedIn help
One often overlooked resource (now that we have all these amazing tools to do our searching for us) is referrals from friends, family and network connections.
Your network should be utilised just as much as the alerts and searches above when looking for a new career.
Whether you proactively ask others to let you know of any opportunities or step up your listening within the network for those opportunities, make sure not to ignore the power of word of mouth.
Roles recommended by friends or connections are sometimes a more viable option as they’ll either have first hand knowledge of the role or be able to point you in the direction of someone that does.
Many businesses offer referral fees to employees and so they’ll likely be promoting these openings within your professional network without any coaxing from you, this enables you to avoid drawing attention to your job search from your current employer of colleagues.
If you’re a bit skeptical abut the power of networking then take a look at the below chart by Business blog Inc.
It illustrates how important networking is when searching for a job.
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