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Create Google Plus Circles for Your Job Search

Google plusOK, I got you with the headline, but first, can we talk about your job search approach…reactive or proactive?

Proactive Job Search

Defined by me (and others as well) as one in which you are seeking information from target company contacts about opportunities that may not yet be public.  A proactive job search is one you have control over.  Miriam Salpeter of Keppie Careers writes for On Careers and her post The Best Way to Take Control of Your Job Search has more detail (plus she references some of my tips!)

Reactive Job Search

This is the type of search where all you do is apply for jobs that are announced on job boards.  You spend most of your time just applying to jobs and are most likely one of hundreds or thousands applying.  Obviously, this type of search requires less effort and also nets poorer results.

Define Your Target Audience

Just ask yourself, “Who are the employers that would hire this type of position?”.  If you don’t know that answer to that question, ask people you know if they have the answer.  You can also visit your public library or check out some of the resources in Going Directly to the Source.

Now, On to the fun stuff!

If you haven’t heard about Google Plus (Google+) yet, you will probably want to check it out.  Whether you are an active or a passive job seeker, this tool has some great features and Search Engine power (it is a Google product!). You can read more about the features and benefits of Google Plus on Google+ Opens Up…Should You Jump On for Job Search?

Finding Targets on Google +

After you have created your branded Google Plus profile and shared at least one interesting/on brand post/update on Google+, you are ready to create circles and start adding people to your circles.

I suggest creating circles by target company to make it easy and clear to follow what they are saying and doing.  If it is easier for you to create a circle called “Target Companies” that’s fine too.

creating googlePlus circles

Find People On Plus

Find People On Plus is a directory of GooglePlus accounts which you can search multiple ways.

For your purpose, finding people who work at target companies!

I live in the Rochester, NY area and so searching Eastman Kodak as a potential employer seemed the obvious choice (well, not any more).

As you can see from the shot below, there are 282 people who “work at” Eastman Kodak. (Careful, databases are not always 100% accurate)

eastman kodak gplus search

It will take you some time to add all these 282 people to your circles and actually, I wouldn’t recommend that.  Add people who are actually using Google +.

As of yet, there is not an easy way to add mass numbers of people.  Building requires time!

You could also create circles for:

  • Recruiters
  • Friends
  • Your city
  • Your industry
  • Your occupation

Endless opportunities to network and expand your sphere of influence!

Google Plus

Of course you can search for the company name from Google+’s search window as well.  You will find all sorts of people and companies talking there! Select different filters “everything”, “from everyone” or “from everywhere”.  Go see what happens!

 

googleplus search

Now What

So you’ve got these people in your circles, big deal?!

Step 1: Go to your “Home”

Step 2: Select a circle

Step 3: See what they are saying

google plus discussions

See what they are talking about (personally and professionally). Look for opportunities to join their discussions or share information they are sharing.  (They’ll see you do that!) What you are trying to do, subtly, is get their attention.

I don’t recommend contacting them directly and bombarding them with your agenda/your need for a job/you stuff in general. Are you wondering, So how do you begin talking to people about your job search?   Social networks are about networking and the number one rule of networking is to put other peoples interests and needs before you own!!!!

Add These Career Guides and Gurus

It is as simple as clicking on this image below (once you have a Google+ profile).  You can add my circle of career experts to your collection of circles and always be up to date on job search and career advice.

Job search and career guides and gurus

I plan to post several more of these “How To” posts for finding targets via Facebook and Twitter.  I’ve already written one on 3 Ways to find people on LinkedIn.

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  • Greg Taylor January 26, 2012, 9:13 am

    Okay, this article is so good in so many ways!! It’s a tad lengthy to remark on fully. Let’s say you’ve shed the light on new tools that can truly accelerate progress in one’s job search. Being proactive is essential and networking online is so much easier even for introverts. Well done, Hannah!

  • Andre Morris January 26, 2012, 7:33 pm

    I was very impressed by how thorough this article is, and such great information!!! Thanks for posting.

    • Bonnie Rauwerdink January 28, 2012, 11:58 am

      You always post the most helpful information.