Feb 042010

Looking for a job, whether it will be your first real job or just a better job, is something that the nearly everyone will do in their lifetime. Many people don’t realize this but in many ways looking for a job is a job in itself. Keeping yourself organized during this process will help ensure that you keep your best foot forward so that it might just end up in the door at your ideal company. Luckily Google has many free tools out there that can help you with this process if you use them to their fullest potential.

First step when looking for a job is modifying or creating a resume. The resume is the mos important document in your job search because it is the document that should represent why a company should bring you in for an interview. So, it’s important that your resume is professional and as complete as possible, which means free of grammatical and spelling errors and containing all pertinent information about your skills. Well you probably don’t write resumes for a living, so it will be beneficial to have multiple people review your resume before you ever submit it anywhere.

This is where Google Docs or Google Wave can come in handy. Simply upload your resume to Google Docs and then share it with friends and family and ask them to review it and offer corrections/suggestions. It is also beneficial to get several people you may know that are in your industry to review it and give their opinions as they should have a better understanding of what companies that you will be applying at are looking for.

Next step is to get your resume out into the world. Now depending on your career field and where you post you resume online you will likely receive a good deal of inquiries from recruiters. You are not going to need to talk to all the recruiters who call you, and it’s best to not extend yourself out to much as having multiple recruiters submit you for the same position will kill your chances. So a good option is to obtain a Google Voice number and then filter any numbers that don’t belong to your friends directly to voice mail. This will allow you to listen to and decide for yourself which recruiters you want to call back and which ones may just be best to ignore. Then once you talk to a recruiter you can add them to your Google Contacts to allow them to be forwarded directly to your phone or just to have a location to store their information in case you need to get a hold of them.

During your job search it is important to keep yourself organized. Now everyone has a method all their own, but no matter your method of note taking it is important to take notes. This is where Google Docs comes in handy again, you can keep an organized list of all the recruiters you are working with and all companies that you have applied to or been submitted to.

Finally, there are other uses for Google during the job hunt. Before an interview you will want to do a little research on the company that you will be interviewing with. It also never hurts to Google yourself and see what turns up and make sure there is nothing that links back to you that would reflect negatively upon you.

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