iGoogle Job Search Keeps a Tab on Your Career

It’s always a wise strategy to keep up-to-date with the opportunities in the marketplace of your career. The problem with the major career search sites such as CareerBuilder or Monster is that it can be hard to keep up with all the alerts or to always search each site looking for a prospect
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that’s worth pursuing. Indeed helps aggregate these search engines of course. But even that can be time-consuming. Having a single radar screen to view the searches that are relevant to your interests not only makes your life easier but it also helps you to keep a focus on the management of your career. A simple solution: use your iGoogle account to display lenses of real-time searches from your choice of services.

Steps to set up a tab on your job search:

  1. Set up an iGoogle account if you don’t already have one.
  2. Click Add a Tab and enter a name for your tab (Career, Job Search, etc.)
  3. Click “Add Stuff”
  4. In the search bar, you can do either enter “job search” or the specific sites you use
  5. Review and select the widgets that are displayed
  6. Take advantage of the “You might also like” option offered
  7. In each of your widgets, edit the profile (job description, location, number of posts to display in the lens, etc)
  8. Click “Back to iGoogle Home” and review your new job search lens
When you’re done, you should have a page that looks like this:
iGoogle Job Search

That’s it. Play around with the lens and customize it however you wish.

I recommend including a lens for your LinkedIn profile and even your FaceBook or Myspace profiles to round out your entire lens page. You could even set up your own Google Custom Search with your job search specs and include that in your career tab in iGoogle. If that’s too complicated then you can just grab “Job Search Universe” in iGoogle’s gadget seach page and add it to your lens (in the screenshot above, it’s in the lower right hand). Happy job searching!


Have You Considered a Career in Farming?

There’s a great picture I found that offers up 10 reasons for you to consider a career in farming.

Here’s the text-friendly version of what’s listed on the photo:

  1. Minimal competition from your peer age group.
  2. The opportunity to implement some of the latest technology breakthroughs in biotechnology and computers into your business model.
  3. Desirable work envrionment including somewhat flexible schedule, working outdoors and no traffic jams.
  4. Agriculture businesses can provide a nice envrionment for raising children to be responsible citizens.
  5. The future of farming involves dealing in finance and marketing and executing business plans and strategies.
  6. Chance to network with other successful farmers around the world through conferences and the Internet.
  7. Seeing your accomplishments and being able to measure your success from field to feed yard to the financial bottom line.
  8. To carry on the family legacy and tradition.
  9. Being involved with an industry that will change as much in the next decade as it has in the last century.
  10. Providing products that are invaluable to society and the economy: food, fiber, and lifestyle.

Now even if you don’t really consider a career in farming, that list is a solid guide for any career. You could apply it to engineering, marketing, web design, blogging, leadership, biomedical products or any enterprise really.

But I’m posting this list here not only as a career suggestion, but also as a list to remind us of what we might be giving up in our drive toward a high-tech world. Do we really know what we’re doing or where we’re heading? I don’t know a thing about farming. But I know that I eat and most of what I eat comes from farms (I hope). And I’m not the only one who knows nothing about farming.

Maybe it’s too late for me, but I don’t think the market for food will vanish anytime soon. Do you?