Using Google+ to Find a Job
Are you following webrecruit on Google+ yet? We’re excited by the possibilities of having a company social media page supported by the search engine giant, Google.
But what about job seekers? Can you use Google+ to find a job? We’ve covered searching for jobs using LinkedIn, Facebook and even Twitter, but can the new kid on the social media block help you in your job hunt?
What sets Google+ apart is its circles. You can use them to separate your social circles and target your posts at the right people. For example, you wouldn’t talk about looking for a new job in front of your boss, nor would you bore your friends with all the day-to-day details of your working life.
So if you’re using Google+ to find a job, circles allow you to select who can see your status updates – reducing the chance of an uncomfortable conversation with your current boss.
Both a blessing and a curse. If you want to use Google+ to manage your job search and you’ve already used Google applications or have a Google profile – be cautious. Google+ accesses a lot of information from your Google account so whilst having all your Google apps in one place is convenient – it could cause issues.
Before you sign up for Google+, check your Google profile, Picasa and any other Google apps you may have used in the past. Make sure your profile picture and ‘about’ page is consistent with your online presence and is optimised for your job search. Make sure any photos you uploaded to Picasa (now Google+ Photos) are only shared with people you want to see them.
Google+ Sparks allow you to follow your interests. If you’re using Google+ to find a job, try saving keyword searches or ‘Sparks’. Setting up Sparks for keywords such as ‘IT Sales Job London’ will let you easily check if anyone has posted an update with these words in. You can set up more than one Spark too, useful if you’re searching for jobs in more than one industry or location.
If you want to use Google+ to find a job, follow companies you are interested in working for. Not only will you be the first to see any new roles posted on their Google+ page, if you’re looking for a job in the technology or marketing sector – you’ll demonstrate that you’re up-to-date with the social media scene.
Already kick-started your job search using Google+ and have more tips to add? Leave a comment and share your ideas with us.