In a world that is becoming progressively more social, there are more and more ways to search for your next role; no longer are you limited to searching for your next role via job boards. With the rising popularity of Google+, it would be a greatly missed opportunity to not use the social network - not only to extend your professional network but also to utilise what it has to offer to assist you in finding your next role.
Setting yourself up
Once you have created your account you can then move on to utilising all of the tools that Google+ has to offer. The first step will be to create what are known as “Circles”. The benefit of using a circle when searching for a role is that you can share different updates with different circles. For instance, you can announce to any recruiters/ hiring managers in your “Recruitment Circle” that you are potentially on the look for a new role without anyone else being aware.
Hangouts allow you to easily video conference with multiple Google+ users at once. This will be useful for searching for your next role as you will be able to conduct interviews with multiple recruiters and hiring managers from the comfort of your own home. You can connect with friends and colleagues to discuss plans and strategies for searching for a new role, and to discuss your award winning “Elevator Pitch” and how it could be improved.
Share & Follow
Just like LinkedIn and Facebook you can follow, comment and share stories or posts that are relevant to you or that you find interesting. Commenting on posts allows you to get into discussions with other people who have the same interests as you, or even with potential hiring managers who you may happen to impress with your amazing knowledge. You should always attempt to connect with anybody relevant to you, as growing your network is never a bad thing!