Google Alerts as a Job Search Tool


When it comes to looking for freelance writing job opportunities, I’m of the “Leave No Stone Unturned” school of thought. Along with checking out job postings and preparing pitches for potential clients, you may want to consider signing up for Google Alerts.

The process is very easy. You visit the Google Alerts page  and fill out the online form indicating whether you want to receive Alerts from Google News, the Web, blogs, or groups. Choosing “Comprehensive” gives you Alerts from all sources.

Next, set up the frequency you would like to receive Google Alerts. You can choose to get them once a week, once a day or as-it-happens. I would suggest as-it-happens so that you get leads sent to your promptly.

I use “freelance writer” as my search term because I want to see all the results with that phrase. If I chose “freelance writer wanted,” or something like that, I would be limiting myself to Alerts with that particular phrase. Keeping it simple means that I get updates that include job leads, news about freelance writers, as well as links to some wonderful blogs written by my colleagues.

If you are open to turning over a few rocks on your search for freelance writing jobs, you may end up finding a diamond or two for your trouble. Have you tried setting up Google Alerts as a job search technique? How has it worked out for you?


  1. Freddie Jaye says

    This idea is so simple, a *caveman* could have thought of it. :) I already use alerts for music blogs, but turning them into job search tools never crossed my mind. EVER!

    Thanks for the great tip.

  2. says

    Glad you guys liked the idea of using Google Alerts like this. It’s not a substitute for other strategies like checking out the leads on our Jobs blog or pitching prospective clients, but it’s another source of leads to check out.

  3. says

    I use 20 or more Google Alerts to ensure I stay on top of what is happening in the areas I write about. Of course, I alert my own name so I know when my Web articles are published.

    In all the time that I have been using Google Alerts — I never thought to use the service to find freelance opportunities. Great tip!

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