If you’re an Introvert like me (INTJ… don’t be scared), then you’ve probably tried a lot of different Job Search tactics to find the most effective, and maybe the most comfortable, methods. Inefficiency is the root of all evil to someone like me, especially when you’re looking for a new job so you can get PAID. And face-to-face networking (especially in large crowds) makes my skin crawl! One way to run an efficient Job Search, without leaving my comfort zone is by Automating your Job Search.
A critical part of any job search strategy is making sure you know when a company you’re interested in is looking for someone with your skills. There are a lot of services out there that claim they’ll do this for you but my favorite, and proven efficient, methods are Google Alerts and IFTTT Recipies (If This Then That for those of you living under a rock).
Google Alerts provides a great tool for you, the Job Seeker to “Do It Yourself”, and automate your Job Hunt by getting notified of open positions, even when you’re sleeping. With Google Alerts you can create an alert and have the results delivered to you whenever new results are found. I repeat, whenever there are NEW results. Have them sent to your email, or RSS Reader, and access them anytime you want on your PC, Tablet, or Smart Phone. Tip: You should probably have a Google account before trying this… it will be a valuable asset in your overall job search strategy. Now open a browser and navigate to www.google.com/alerts . Or go to google.com and sign in, select “more” from the top navigation bar, select “even more” from the drop-down list, scroll down and select “alerts”.
1. First, you’ll need to provide your Search query. Don’t worry, you don’t need to run out and become an expert in Boolean Strings. Just need to type in these three simple things:
a. The “site:” command including the domain of your target company. The “site:” command tells the search engine to focus on ONE domain. For this exercise we’ll use Thomson Reuters. So the first thing you’ll type (without the quotes) is “site:thomsonreuters.com”.
b. The type of role you’re looking for (in quotes). For instance if you’re a PM then type in “project manager” with the quotes.
c. Adding a geographical location such as a state abbreviation will help to deliver more specific results. No need to use quotes with single words, only phrases.
d. At this point, your Search query should look like this: site:thomsonreuters.com “project manager” mn
2. Second, choose what type of results, the frequency of results (I prefer “as-it-happens”), how many results, and where the results are delivered. Pay close attention to the last part – this is where you tell Google to send the results to your email address, or create an RSS Feed. If you choose RSS, you’ll have to copy/paste the RSS Feed code into an RSS Reader like Outlook, Google Reader, or any other Reader you want to use. If you don’t want to mess-around with that, then just have the results sent to your email address.
3. Hit “Create Alert” and Voila, you’ll be notified anytime Thomson Reuters posts a position for a Project Manager at their Eagan, MN location.
For this exercise we focused on a specific company that might appear on a Job Seekers Target Company List. However, you can do this for ANY site, including many job boards like Indeed, Monster, and Careerbuilder. More advanced users can even get results from more than one site at a time, but I recommend creating an alert for each employer you’re targeting in your Job Search Strategy.
The second one is easy… IFTTT has dozens of pre-built “recipes” that can alert you anytime a job, matching your description, is posted on a multitude of sites like LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, etc. Or you can create your own recipe using any of their channels. You’ll need a profile on the channel you choose but it’s smooth sailing from there, AND you can use the IFTTT App on your mobile phone to receive and manage alerts.
So put this part of your Job Search Strategy on autopilot and watch while relevant jobs start coming to you.