May 15, 2012

Job Alert Tool Tips

job alertIn the current economy, it is no secret that job seekers are looking for ways to stay on top of any and all new opportunities that may arise.  However, keeping abreast of the recent developments of all of the companies you are pursuing can be difficult, especially considering the amount of restructuring that has been done since the recession began.

While there are any number of ways in which you can be notified of new employment opportunities, you should make use of job alerts, which can let you know immediately if something comes up.  Job notifications can be critical to your success, as there are several organizations that hire based on the first eligible candidate to apply.  The sooner you get your application and credentials in once your dream job pops up, the more likely you are to get that interview and once step closer to career success.

Instead of submitting applications to positions that are posted, even if they are not necessarily what you are looking for, making use of job alerts gives you the opportunity to select the criteria that are important to you, so that you can make sure you are applying to jobs that are the right fit for you, as opposed to those that may not make use of all of your talents. Navigating through thousands of available jobs can be a painstakingly slow processing and automating this process by way of job alert tools can facilitate your job hunt and enable you to put more time and effort into polishing up your resume or perfecting your cover letter.

If you are perusing around some of the more popular job sites like SimplyHired.Com and Indeed.Com, seek out their job alert feature.  These features allow you to select a market in which you are interested as well as more refined results.  Choose the type of position that you are looking for and indicate how you would like to be notified, whether it is through email, SMS notifications, or RSS feed.

When you find a company that you are interested in working for, but you do not qualify for the current position that is posted, you can set an alert to be notified of any and all future job postings from that particular company.  This way, if you are warming up to a particular company you can get a heads up when a pertinent position is posted that is more in line with your career path and particular skill set. In this manner, the applicant doesn’t inundate the employer with resume applications, but stays up to date with their new employment opportunities.

Look for staffing agencies and recruiters in your area that can assign you to job alerts for particular industries.  The benefit of using a staffing agency is that they can match you to any openings for which you might be suitable, but also email or notify you by text message when a job fitting your requirements is advertised.

Social media is another good way to proactively check for open jobs. You can follow the local employers in your area that post their job opportunities via Twitter and Facebook. However, perhaps a better option is to save searches inside of tools like Twitter. If you save searches for your location and function, you might stumble into good opportunities (for example “Project Manager” “Atlanta”). Employers will often use the #jobs or #job hashtag to signfiy a job. Using certain social media tools, you can also set up sophisticated tracking systems where you receive notice of people in your local area that mention particular phrases using that hashtag.

Check out other job alert tools from websites like Monster.Com and Workopolis.Com, which are similar to those of and  Then just sit back and relax and wait for the opportunities to pour (or perhaps trickle) in. Having a good automated system is a key component of a good job search for awareness of opportunities. Of course, finding the jobs is only the first step – good luck out there!

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Marie is a writer for covering career advice, recruitment topics, and HR issues. She has an educational background in languages and literature as well as corporate experience in Human Resources.