Luckily, Google offers many services and applications that help you manage the job search project and plan your next action steps.
Start fresh, eliminate the distractions of your existing Google profile and create an account dedicated to your project.
The first task is to pick a professional sounding name for your email address.
Gmail has been around for a long time, so getting an address that incorporates your name is going to be difficult.
Before complicating the process, consider the following tips:
Do not corrupt the inbox with avoidable spam or expose your address on websites that will fill your account with junk mail.
Think of the address as a lifelong professional account that serves as a depository of your professional information, including your resumes, notes, ideas and business contacts. Properly maintained, this will always be your starting point for future career changes.
Even after the account has served its purpose, you might use a filter to forward important emails to your personal inbox.
While Reader unifies news and blog feeds into one location, it can do the same for job postings. Use reader to subscribe to RSS feeds from specific companies or from career mega sites like Monster.com.
Advantages of using Google Reader:
Other possible uses:
There is no need to repeat searches or direction requests when you process everything through Google maps. You can generate maps and attach them to documents, emails, contacts and appointments on your Google account. Therefore, driving to your second interview is as easy as pulling up your last appointment with the potential employer.
Google alerts can automate the process of searching for the same keywords every day.
Tips for Keyword Alerts:
Import relevant industry contacts into your Gmail account, including your references or recruiters. You can cross-reference your contact list with LinkedIn, and update any changes to their information.
You might even create an email distribution list for specific groups to update them on your job search, ask for possible leads or announce a new position.
Create a new calendar dedicated to your job search. Limit this calendar to your firm appointments which includes interviews and submission deadlines.
Then create a secondary calendar to list reminders. These reminders include 1 to 2 week follow-ups to completed interviews and application submissions..
Furthermore, attach pertinent documents such as the original postings, resumes and cover letters to appointments and reminders. To avoid any conflicts between your personal and professional appointments you should sync your various calendars into one. You can then toggle each calendar on or off as your organize your week.
The strongest reason for a separate profile is to consolidate all of your career documents.
In particular, documents can be added to a hierarchy of folders:
The key to any career change is the ability to maximize your time and attention. Haphazard searches and disorganized documents will limit the quantity and quality of your applications. Consequently, a consolidation of your work and connections in the cloud will give you complete control over your job search project.
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