Automating the Job Search (Version 1.1)

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Searching for a job is hard work, so it makes sense to use technology where you can to help streamline the process.

This presentation shows you how to use RSS feeds and Google Reader to gain some time back into your day for personal and professional networking and other useful activities.

Version 1.1 of this presentation includes some minor reformatting and font changes to create a cleaner, crisper appearance.

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Automating the Job Search (Version 1.1)

  1. 1. AUTOMATING THE JOB SEARCH © September 2010 David Swinney, Social Media Technologist
  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 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 Processing LOTS of e-mail Visiting / participating on LinkedIn Performing target company research
  4. 4. JOB SEARCHING IS TIME-CONSUMING The day just doesn’t seem long enough to get everything done RSS can give you back some of that time
  5. 5. 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
  6. 6. WHAT IS RSS? Monitored through an RSS aggregator, 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.
  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. 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!
  10. 10. RSS IS A KEY ELEMENT OF SOCIAL MEDIA  Twitter  Profile Pages, Replies Pages, Search Pages  LinkedIn  Network Updates, Groups, Answers  Facebook  Posts, Notes, Notifications, Status Updates  Blogs  Posts, Comments  Job boards / search engines
  11. 11. AUTOMATING YOUR JOB SEARCH WITH RSS Indeed.com search queries TwitJobSearch.com search queries LinkedIn Network Updates LinkedIn Answers Company Research
  12. 12. ADD FEEDS FROM INDEED.COM
  13. 13. ADD INDEED.COM FEEDS TO GOOGLE READER http://reader.google.com
  14. 14. INDEED.COM JOB FEEDS IN GOOGLE READER
  15. 15. JOB SEARCH SITES WHICH SUPPORT RSS Aggregators Indeed SimplyHired Linkup Job Boards CareerBuilder Monster Dice
  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 FEEDS FROM TWITJOBSEARCH.COM
  18. 18. AUTOMATING YOUR JOB SEARCH WITH RSS Indeed.com search queries TwitJobSearch.com search queries LinkedIn Network Updates LinkedIn Answers Company Research
  19. 19. ADD FEED FROM LINKEDIN UPDATES http://www.linkedin.com/rssAdmin?display=&goback=.hom
  20. 20. LINKEDIN UPDATES IN GOOGLE READER
  21. 21. AUTOMATING YOUR JOB SEARCH WITH RSS Indeed.com search queries TwitJobSearch.com search queries LinkedIn Network Updates LinkedIn Answers Company Research
  22. 22. ADD FEEDS FROM LINKEDIN ANSWERS http://www.linkedin.com/answers
  23. 23. LINKEDIN ANSWERS IN GOOGLE READER
  24. 24. AUTOMATING YOUR JOB SEARCH WITH RSS Indeed.com search queries TwitJobSearch.com search queries LinkedIn Network Updates LinkedIn Answers Company Research
  25. 25. GOOGLE SEARCH RSS FEED http://www.google.com/alerts
  26. 26. ADD FEEDS FROM SOCIALMENTION.COM
  27. 27. SOCIALMENTION.COM FEEDS IN GOOGLE READER
  28. 28. 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
  29. 29. HOW TO USE GOOGLE READER Monitoring Your Brand With Google Reader http://www.slideshare.net/davidswinney/monitoring-your- personal-brand-using-google-reader
  30. 30. THANK YOU! David Swinney, Social Media Technologist 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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