Job alerts are a key feature of job hunting enabling jobs. They are tireless, tenacious and will find job matches freeing you to focus on other aspects of your job hunt. If you're not actively looking for a new opportunity, a job alert can keep an eye on the market for that perfect job - remaining silent until that perfect job is found.
While not every job search app offers job alerts, many do. But they can suffer from low quality, including phantom jobs, poor job advertisement copy or simply failing to give a specific enough office location. Oddly, most company career pages don't offer job alerts at all, leaving you to the wild west of the job boards.
Let's take a look at the Great Careers app in how to set-up a job alert. We don't do phantom jobs and our jobs come direct from great companies.
1. Tap the App to launch Great Careers
Launch Great Careers and login to your account. You can check the Settings tab to see if you are logged in.
2. Enter keywords to match your ideal role
Try not to be overly broad when picking keywords because you risk receiving alerts for jobs that you're not interested in.
3. Set your perfect location
Great Careers is an international app but you can restrict your search to a country or a search area. Tap Worldwide in the top-right to open the Location Filter.
You'll see a country list for you to restrict matches to. But, in this example, we want to really narrow down the location to an area around where you live.
Search around your home
Tap the Location button (next to the Areas button) and you'll be asked to give permission for the app to use your current location. Tap Allow.
Pan & Zoom
The map will zoom to your location but you can then modify it to zoom in or out and drag the map to refine the location.
In the example above, we've set an area just 1½km around Farringdon Lane, London. Once you're happy with your Location Filter setting, tap Apply and the job matches will refresh to reflect this change.
4. Add an alert
We've tapped Distance and can see that four jobs are at the same office - 1km from the centre of our search area, and a fifth is 1.1km away. To have Great Careers notify you when new jobs match this search, tap Add Alert. Done.
5. Job Alert tips
Set up several alerts varying your keywords and locations. Consider setting broad keywords and a narrow location area or narrow keywords and a broad location. The key is to avoid matching too many jobs that you're getting alerts for jobs you're simply not interested in - we're not here to annoy you :)
If you have any suggestions for our developers about the App, do get in touch, using Feedback from the App's Settings page or from Feedback.