How to Set up Job Alerts

If you’re looking for a job online, you should consider using a job alert, also known as a job agent or job search agent. Using this tool will make it easier for you to find the right job. Here’s some more information about job alerts.

What is a job alert?

A job alert is a helpful tool that many job search engines, large company career websites, and job boards offer. Job agents essentially use a system to notify you of new jobs that fit your requirements. When you use this tool, you’ll receive a notification on an email digest that includes a list of job openings.

Job alerts are customizable in a wide variety of ways based on the kind of job you’re looking for. When opting for a job alert, you’ll need to provide information on the type of job that you want. You should specify the job category, position type, location, salary, and experience level you’re looking for. You can even customize how often you’d like to receive the email digest. Options to receive the digest are mostly daily, weekly, or monthly.

The benefits of job alerts

Job alerts are very useful for a number of reasons. They can be great for almost any job search. Perhaps what’s most important is that they allow you to check for openings in your field without scouring through every job search engine.

They’re also beneficial when you’re passively job searching. Passive job searching is when a person is currently employed and doesn’t really need to leave their job right away. However, they might be interested in hearing about new career opportunities. With a job search agent, one can find new job openings without putting in a lot of effort.

Tips for using a job alert

1. Consider using a separate email account

If you use multiple job search agents, you’ll most likely get a lot of emails related to your job search. That’s why it’s a great idea to set up a separate email account for your job search agent emails. Doing this will help you to avoid clutter in your inbox. It will also help you avoid accidentally deleting or forgetting to read your agent emails. 

2. Check your email often

Be sure to check the email account at least once a day, week, or month, depending on how often you receive emails and how urgent your job search is.

3. Be as specific as you can

To avoid receiving too many unrelated listings, try to be as specific as you can when setting up your search agent. Fill out info on the job type and location you’re looking for, if possible.