RSS And The Job Search

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RSS is the most underutilized time saving technology on the web. This deck includes an overview of RSS and recommended RSS readers/aggregators, and numerous recommendations on how job seekers can use RSS to save significant time during the job search process.

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RSS And The Job Search

  1. 1. RSS and the Job Search © March 2010 David Swinney, Social Media Specialist
  2. 2. RSS The Web’s Most Underutilized Time Saver
  3. 3. What is RSS?  Really Simple Syndication  User-initiated subscriptions that provide updates, news headlines, or other content directly to the user for browsing at their convenience  Pull vs. push
  4. 4. Benefits of RSS  Receive updates without visiting each web site  Quickly monitor large number of sites  Short summaries or “table of contents”  Alternative to email notifications ◦ Lessen e-mail overload ◦ No rejection of messages by e-mail filters ◦ Reduce spam
  5. 5. RSS Value Proposition “There is no faster way to peruse the Web than via RSS. If you're not taking advantage of RSS, then you're not making the most of your Internet browsing time.” Terrence O’Brien, Switched.com
  6. 6. Uses of RSS  News and announcements  Blog postings and comments  Photos  Podcasts / music  Auction items  TV and movie listings  Search results  Tweets  Job postings  Many more
  7. 7. How to Find RSS Feeds  Look at browser address bar  RSS notification icon indicates available feed  Click on icon for subscription options  Many readers / aggregators (e.g., Google Reader, FeedDemon) can automatically find feeds
  8. 8. How to Read RSS Feeds  RSS Readers / Aggregators download and display feeds ◦ Web-hosted service  Google Reader  Feedly  Netvibes ◦ Browser-based application  Sage (Firefox add-in) ◦ Desktop application  FeedDemon ◦ Mobile
  9. 9. Hosted RSS Reader – Google Reader
  10. 10. How to Use Google Reader  Monitoring Your Brand With Google Reader ◦ http://www.slideshare.net/davidswinney/monitoring -your-personal-brand-using-google-reader
  11. 11. Recommendations  Make Google Reader your primary RSS reader ◦ Free ◦ Requires a Google Mail account  Only use other RSS readers that sync with Google Reader  Use RSS whenever you can
  12. 12. Hosted RSS Reader – feedly
  13. 13. Browser application RSS Reader – (Firefox w/Sage add-in)
  14. 14. Desktop RSS Reader – FeedDemon
  15. 15. Mobile RSS Readers  Applications available for ◦ iPhone/iPod Touch  Reeder  iNews  Pro RSS ◦ Android ◦ BlackBerry ◦ Windows Phone
  16. 16. RSS Resources  RSS, the Web’s Most Underutilized Time Saver ◦ http://www.switched.com/2010/02/10/rss-the-webs-most- underutilized-time-saver/  The Ultimate RSS Toolbox ◦ http://mashable.com/2007/06/11/rss-toolbox/  Getting Started With Google Reader ◦ http://www.google.com/support/reader/bin/answer.py?answer =113517
  17. 17. Using RSS in the Job Search
  18. 18. Increase Your Job Search Efficiency  Searching for a job is time-consuming ◦ Visiting job boards ◦ Processing e-mail search alerts ◦ Visiting/participating on LinkedIn  Use RSS to save time every day ◦ Job Board search queries ◦ LinkedIn Network Updates ◦ LinkedIn Answers
  19. 19. Increase Your Job Search Efficiency  Searching for a job is time-consuming ◦ Visiting job boards ◦ Processing e-mail search alerts ◦ Visiting/participating on LinkedIn  Use RSS to save time every day ◦ Job Board search queries ◦ LinkedIn Network Updates ◦ LinkedIn Answers
  20. 20. Indeed.com
  21. 21. CareerBuilder.com
  22. 22. TwitJobSearch.com
  23. 23. Adding TwitJobSearch RSS Feed to Google Reader
  24. 24. Increase Your Job Search Efficiency  Searching for a job is time-consuming ◦ Visiting job boards ◦ Processing e-mail search alerts ◦ Visiting/participating on LinkedIn  Use RSS to save time every day ◦ Job Board search queries ◦ LinkedIn Network Updates ◦ LinkedIn Answers
  25. 25. Generating RSS feed for LinkedIn Network Updates
  26. 26. Adding LinkedIn Network Updates RSS Feed to Google Reader
  27. 27. Increase Your Job Search Efficiency  Searching for a job is time-consuming ◦ Visiting job boards ◦ Processing e-mail search alerts ◦ Visiting/participating on LinkedIn  Use RSS to save time every day ◦ Job Board search queries ◦ LinkedIn Network Updates ◦ LinkedIn Answers
  28. 28. Generating RSS Feed for LinkedIn Answers
  29. 29. Adding LinkedIn Answers RSS Feed to Google Reader
  30. 30. Job-Related RSS Feed Resources  How to Use RSS in Your Job Search ◦ http://www.timeatlas.com/web_sites/general/how_to_use_rss _in_your_job_search  Find a Job Using RSS Feeds & Google Reader ◦ http://www.watchingthenet.com/search-for-jobs-with-google- reader-and-rss-feeds.html  Screencast: How to create a RSS feed from an Indeed.com job search ◦ http://www.timeatlas.com/tutorials/indeed.htm
  31. 31. Thank You David Swinney Social Media Specialist david.swinney@gmail.com http://davidswinney.com http://twitter.com/davidswinney http://linkedin.com/in/davidswinney Presentation available for download from www.slideshare.net 214-233-5678

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