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A Googly Job Search

A Googly Job Search

    Even at the best of times, starting a focused job search is a complicated process that includes research, deadlines, preparation and follow-up.

    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.

    Gmail

    The first task is to pick a professional sounding  name for your email address.

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    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 bury your name behind another word.
    • Put your last or first name at the forefront.
    • Make it recognizable, memorable and easily searchable.
    • Avoid additions to the address that gives away your birth year. It is not professional and will lead to age discrimination.

    Acceptable formats:

    • Adding a middle name or initial to the address.
    • Add relevant keywords to the end of your name in the address
    • Use anything that describes your field of work, including such words as writing, engineering or marketing.

    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.

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    Even after the account has served its purpose, you might use a filter to forward important emails to your personal inbox.

    Google Reader

    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:

    • Searches are more efficient when you remove the need to review multiple sites for new job postings.
    • Listing the files by dates and marking posts you have already read, eliminates the need to review older posts.
    • Reader allows users to share feeds with people who have similar interests.
    • It avoids cluttering up your existing Reader account with distracting posts from blogs or news sites..

    Other possible uses:

    • Subscribe to relevant feeds like industry blogs, career blogs or feeds from companies you want to work for.
    • Search all the feeds for specific keywords.
    • Add industry or career podcasts.

    Google Maps

    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.

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    Google Alerts

    Google alerts can automate the process of searching for the same keywords every day.

    Tips for Keyword Alerts:

    • Create a vanity search alert, to be aware of how your name is appearing on the internet. This knowledge allows you to diffuse, explain or eliminate posts on the internet that might embarrass you.
    • Use specific search strings to find recently posted job ads on the internet.

    Google Contacts

    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.

    Google Calendar

    Create a new calendar dedicated to your job search. Limit this calendar to your firm appointments which includes interviews and submission deadlines.

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    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.

    Google Documents

    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:

    • Create a primary folder that contains your original resume and cover letter. These templates will be edited to fit different job applications.
    • Then make  general folders which are divided by industry.
    • Create sub-folders by specific job postings and place the post, resume and cover letters in that folder.
    • Afterwards you can share specific folders with other Google users so they can assist you in proof reading your applications.

    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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    Last Updated on February 15, 2019

    7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

    7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

    Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

    Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

    Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

    So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

    Joe’s Goals

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      Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

      Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

      Daytum

        Daytum

        is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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        Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

        Excel or Numbers

          If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

          What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

          Evernote

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            I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

            Evernote is free with a premium version available.

            Access or Bento

              If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

              Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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              You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

              Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

              All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

              Conclusion

              I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

              What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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