Be A 24/7 Super Sleuth Using Google Alerts

ECL Readers: At the bottom of this post is an embedded video tutorial on using Google Alerts. Be sure to scroll down and check it out.

In 1997, I wrote a newsletter story for my engineering job candidates titled, Staying In Touch by Scanning The Environment. In it, I pointed to the need for job seekers and career changers to develop a habit I called “scanning the environment”. 

Super Sleuth

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In the article, here’s how I described this valuable research habit. 

On a personal level, this habit involves the daily search for and absorption of information on trends and changes that may impact society in general, but more specifically the working world we live in. 

“Scanning” can be as simple as taking in the evening news on TV or as focused as attending a seminar hosted by futurists. As a career development tool, scanning the environment can be a wonderful catalyst in leading us to new people, new ideas and new opportunities. 

Now, let’s fast forward to 2014…

People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them, make them.

George Bernard Shaw
"Mrs. Warren's Profession" (1893) Act II