Automating the Job Search

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Searching for a job is a very time-consuming exercise. Between monitoring job boards, managing your e-mail alerts, being active in Linkedin, and performing target company research, there just don't seem to be enough hours in the day to get it all done.

This presentation illustrates how to use Google Reader and RSS to get back some of your day.

And you certainly don't have to be a job seeker to take advantage of the benefits from this underused technology.

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Automating the Job Search

  1. 1. AUTOMATING THE JOB SEARCH © July 2010 David Swinney, Social Media Specialist
  2. 2. WHO IS DAVID SWINNEY?  30-year veteran of Texas Instruments, with 15 years experience in Information Technology  Technologist  Project Manager  Web Content and Communications Manager  Software Provisioning Manager  Customer Support Specialist  Vendor Relationship Manager  Social Media Enthusiast  Currently seeking opportunities to educate, train, and support businesses in their efforts to leverage the power of social media
  3. 3. JOB SEARCHING IS TIME-CONSUMING Visiting job boards Managing e-mail search alerts for jobs matching your interests Visiting / participating on LinkedIn Performing target company research There just aren’t enough hours in the day RSS can give you back some of that time
  4. 4. WHAT IS RSS?  Really Simple Syndication  A type of web feed used to publish / distribute frequently updated content  Designed to notify users when a website or blog updates with fresh content  Monitored through an RSS reader, like Google Reader.  When sites update content, the RSS reader is notified.  When you login to your reader, feeds show up like e-mail in your inbox.
  5. 5. BENEFITS OF RSS  Centralize content consumption in one place  Scroll through content (i.e., “feeds”) from multiple sites without visiting each one  Categorize content into folders / subfolders  Once configured, users are able to read and consume more in a shorter period of time  RSS + You = Win!
  6. 6. RSS IS A KEY PART OF SOCIAL MEDIA  Twitter profiles  LinkedIn streams  Facebook  Twitter searches  Blogs  Job boards / search engines
  7. 7. GOOGLE READER IN PLAIN ENGLISH http://www.commoncraft.com/custom-video-google-reader-plain-english
  8. 8. GOOGLE READER HOME VIEW
  9. 9. AUTOMATING YOUR JOB SEARCH WITH RSS Indeed.com search queries TwitJobSearch.com search queries LinkedIn Network Updates LinkedIn Answers Company Research
  10. 10. ADD FEEDS FROM INDEED.COM
  11. 11. ADD INDEED.COM FEEDS TO GOOGLE READER http://reader.google.com
  12. 12. INDEED.COM JOB FEEDS IN GOOGLE READER
  13. 13. JOB SEARCH SITES WHICH SUPPORT RSS Aggregators Indeed SimplyHired Linkup Job Boards CareerBuilder Monster Dice
  14. 14. AUTOMATING YOUR JOB SEARCH WITH RSS Indeed.com search queries TwitJobSearch.com search queries LinkedIn Network Updates LinkedIn Answers Company Research
  15. 15. ADD FEEDS FROM TWITJOBSEARCH.COM
  16. 16. AUTOMATING YOUR JOB SEARCH WITH RSS Indeed.com search queries TwitJobSearch.com search queries LinkedIn Network Updates LinkedIn Answers Company Research
  17. 17. ADD FEED FROM LINKEDIN UPDATES http://www.linkedin.com/rssAdmin?display=&goback=.hom
  18. 18. LINKEDIN UPDATES IN GOOGLE READER
  19. 19. AUTOMATING YOUR JOB SEARCH WITH RSS Indeed.com search queries TwitJobSearch.com search queries LinkedIn Network Updates LinkedIn Answers Company Research
  20. 20. ADD FEEDS FROM LINKEDIN ANSWERS http://www.linkedin.com/answers
  21. 21. LINKEDIN ANSWERS IN GOOGLE READER
  22. 22. AUTOMATING YOUR JOB SEARCH WITH RSS Indeed.com search queries TwitJobSearch.com search queries LinkedIn Network Updates LinkedIn Answers Company Research
  23. 23. GOOGLE SEARCH RSS FEED http://www.google.com/alerts
  24. 24. ADD FEEDS FROM SOCIALMENTION.COM
  25. 25. SOCIALMENTION.COM FEEDS IN GOOGLE READER
  26. 26. AUTOMATING YOUR JOB SEARCH – THE BOTTOM LINE  Job searching is a full-time exercise  Make the search process more efficient where and when you can  RSS feeds and automation can save you significant time  Monitoring job boards  Monitoring Twitter streams  Keeping track of your network’s activities  Researching target companies
  27. 27. HOW TO USE GOOGLE READER Monitoring Your Brand With Google Reader http://www.slideshare.net/davidswinney/monitoring-your- personal-brand-using-google-reader
  28. 28. THANK YOU! David Swinney, Social Media Specialist david.swinney@gmail.com 214-233-5678 http://davidswinney.com http://twitter.com/davidswinney http://linkedin.com/in/davidswinney Download presentation from www.slideshare.net

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