Continuing along in our Job Search Checklist from A to Z blog series, G represents a powerhouse in the online job search world and the world in general: Google.

Google is a tool that can’t be ignored in your job search. It is a treasure trove of resources and tools that can really help your job search and career. Here is a quick tour of some of the best that Google has to offer:

  • Searching: Google yourself regularly. Employers and recruiters will search your name. What do they see? Is it you? Is it accurate? Is it current? Is it positive or negative? Is it too personal? Is it unprofessional? If you find inaccurate or unflattering results, work to correct the information, remove the information or replace it with more positive activities.
  • Research: Perform a simple search on the companies where you want to work. You will find links to company websites, social media pages, press releases, news stories, reviews, and more.
  • Gmail: If you don’t have an email account set up, create one with gmail. Set up an email with a professional sounding email address, such as your first and last name.
  • Google Maps: This is a great tool to find out how to get to an interview location. There is no excuse for being late; map it.
  • Google News: Keep up with the latest news, trends and information – locally, nationally and globally.
  • Google Alerts: Create alerts to inform you when something is posted with your name, a particular company, a certain job title or trend or anything you want to stay current on.
  • Google Drive (formerly Google Docs): – Use Google Drive to store and share files that you can access anywhere.
  • Google Earth: Use Google Earth for a bird’s eye view of where a particular company is located.
  • Google+: Use Google+ for networking and finding people who can help your career.

The power of Google is incredible. Start harnessing some of that power to help your job search and career today. What are some of your favorite ways to use Google? Let us know in the comments!

This Career Coach blog post is part of the series: Your Job Search Checklist from A to Z. If you are interested in checking out the webinar on the same topic, click here. Otherwise, keep watching the Career Coach blog for 26 job search alphabet posts.

Jill Kempka

About Jill Kempka

Jill loves to share information about ways to keep up with the changing world of work. She focuses on quick tips, facts and helpful lists to give job seekers tactics and advice they can immediately use.