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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 January 13, 2020

    11 Brain Training Apps to Train Your Mind and Improve Memory

    11 Brain Training Apps to Train Your Mind and Improve Memory

    Whether at work or at school, people these days are under tremendous pressure to perform, perform and perform! Stress and pressure can have adverse affects on the well-being of a person, and need to be controlled.

    Now, this doesn’t mean you make a dash to your nearest therapist. There are a number of wonderful and smart apps that you can use on your phone. These brain training apps have been scientifically designed to target specific areas of the human mind and control harmful emotions such as anxiety, as well as to improve memory and sharpness of the brain.

    Here are 11 iPhone apps that you will not only enjoy but also find useful in keeping your mental health balanced at all times.

    1. Lumosity

    This app consists of games that focus on improving the user’s memory, problem-solving capability, attention span, and thinking. There are three games in each session, and they challenge the brain by changing every time. The user has to complete the games while playing against a clock.

    Free of trial. $15 per month for the full version.

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      2. Fit Brains Trainer

      This brain training app has 10 sets of games that work on different areas of the brain and improve memory as well as concentration. A user is required to finish a particular task from each category on a daily basis and the app tracks the progress by a color coded graph.

      Free.

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        3. CogniFit Brain Fitness

        Developed with the help of neuroscientists, this fun app improves a person’s cognitive abilities, which includes memory and concentration. The progress made by the user over a period of time can be tracked. Users can also play challenge rounds with their friends. The app also modifies the difficulty level to suit the profile of the user and provide recommendations based on the results. Spending 20–30 minutes a few times every week can give measurable improvement in the performance of a user.

        First four games free, then $13 a month.

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          4. Brain Fitness Pro

          The makers of this app claim that it can improve the IQ of a user, and improve intelligence and memory. The app is fun and is user friendly, and 30 minutes a day can fetch you results in less than three weeks.

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          Buy for $3.99.

          5. Happify

          If nothing else makes you happy in life, this app will. Well, this is what the developers claim at least. This app comes loaded with lots of quizzes, polls and gratitude journals, which work on the fundamentals of positive psychology. The app also helps to control stress and emotions to make you feel better.

          Free to use.

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            6. Clockwork Brain

            You will like the little gold robot that comes in every time to explain the next game you are going to play. While the games are not much different to those offered in apps such as Luminosity, the look and feel reminds me of a workshop from old times.

            Free.

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              7. ReliefLink

              Initially created as an app for suicide prevention, it has found its use as a great app for tracking the mood of the user by taking measure of all things relevant to the user’s mental health. In case the user experiences high emotional stress, the app has a coping mechanism that includes voice-recorded mindfulness, exercises and music for relaxation. There is also a map that informs the user of the nearest therapist and medical facilities for mental health treatment.

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                8. Eidetic

                Eidetic is a memory enhancement app and uses a ‘spaced repetition’ technique to help users memorize information such as important phone numbers, words, credit card details or passwords. It also notifies you when it’s time to take a test to see what you remember, so that you retain information in your long-term memory.

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                  9. Braingle

                  Braingle helps to maintain the sharpness of the brain and improve the reasoning ability of a person through riddles and optical illusions. It is different from other brain training apps that employ memory and reaction based tests. You can also compete with your friends and family members in figuring out the fun riddles.

                  Free.

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                    10. Not The Hole Story

                    If you have a penchant for solving hard riddles, then this app is a must-have for you. Filled with exclusive riddles along with a simple-to-use interface, the app gives you riddles that you have to solve through a book. You will be given hints along the way, and when you give up, the answers will be revealed. This app will encourage you to broaden your thinking and put your mind to a challenging test.

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                    Free.

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                      11. Personal Zen

                      This fun brain training app follows the journey of two animated characters who travel through a field of grass. Personal Zen is a nice app meant for reducing anxiety and trains the brain to focus on the positive aspects. The developer’s advice is to use the app for 10 minutes a day to see the best results.

                      Free.

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