Google Alerts for Career Development

Written by Julie Holmwood

Do you know about Google Alerts? Do you use it as part of your job search or promotion planning?

Have I confused you? Let me explain
Google offer a free service called Google Alerts. As the name suggests it is an alerting system, bringing you back news of interest from the world wide web. Here is how you use it;
  • Enter keywords, comma separated, to tell Google what you are interested in knowing more about.
  • Click preview results to check the kind of results your search will return to you (make sure your keywords are specific enough and that Google has understood what you are looking for)
  • Select how much you want to know (Videos, News, Blogs …. Everything)
  • Select how often you want to receive your alerts; once a day is normally enough
  • You can choose to receive all of the results or (in Google’s opinion) only the best results
  • Enter your email address
  • Create Alert
If you are looking for a job, or promotion, within a specific company you might want to set up an alert to report back all of their current news. It will certainly ensure that you don’t miss articles not on their website

If I was looking to work for Churchill Brook I might create the following alert

Using the keywords ‘job search’, ‘Churchill Brook’ and ‘career coaching’. Here is the preview of the items Google would send me
You might want to keep track of your industry in general, so that you can keep your finger on the pulse of innovation.
You might be looking for promotion within your current company and be keen to demonstrate that you know some lesser known facts to your boss or Chief Exec
You might be considering some new training options and want to research where trends are heading and what the rumours are in the marketplace
You might be looking for a job within a specific organisation or already have an interview date and want to have the up-to-date news to help you plan a question you can ask your interviewers

The internet is a powerhouse of news and it is easy to get sidetracked, overwhelmed or overloaded when looking for specific items

This is a great way to cut through all of the stuff you don’t need to know and have one email a day (or a week) giving you the potential highlights
What do you think? Going to give it a try?
Julie is the Lead Career Coach at Churchill Brook. She works with clients who are frustrated by their career success (or lack of it) and her approach is that of part coach, part mentor and part consultant. She is available to work with limited clients on a one-to-one basis or via our popular career change group classes (check out ‘what we offer’).

Before joining Churchill Brook in 2009, she spent twelve years as an international headhunter, where she successfully helped her clients to recruit exceptional people. She is an expert at getting candidates noticed by companies and had one of the highest success ratios for CV submission to hire that we know of within the recruitment industry

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