If you’re not using RSS by now, then you need to find a time machine and press FWD. But even if you are, few people realize that you can use RSS to improve the efficiency of your job search. If you don’t know anything about RSS read RSS Explained.
All you need to do to get the most up-to-date job search results is to find the career sites that you use most often and subscribe to their feeds. If the site doesn’t have a feed, you can have Google Reader do the subscribing for you as you surf the web with its subscribe bookmark:
- Go to Manage Subscriptions on the bottom left side of the reader
- Click the Goodies tab
- Drag the Subscribe bookmark to your browser’s toolbar.
You can find everything you need to do to set up your career feed at at One Day One Job.
And while you’re at it, subscribe to my feed to learn more tips on using the web to life better.
It’s always a wise strategy to keep up-to-date with the opportunities in the marketplace of your career. The problem with the major career search sites such as CareerBuilder or Monster is that it can be hard to keep up with all the alerts or to always search each site looking for a prospect
that’s worth pursuing. Indeed helps aggregate these search engines of course. But even that can be time-consuming. Having a single radar screen to view the searches that are relevant to your interests not only makes your life easier but it also helps you to keep a focus on the management of your career. A simple solution: use your iGoogle account to display lenses of real-time searches from your choice of services.
Steps to set up a tab on your job search:
- Set up an iGoogle account if you don’t already have one.
- Click Add a Tab and enter a name for your tab (Career, Job Search, etc.)
- Click “Add Stuff”
- In the search bar, you can do either enter “job search” or the specific sites you use
- Review and select the widgets that are displayed
- Take advantage of the “You might also like” option offered
- In each of your widgets, edit the profile (job description, location, number of posts to display in the lens, etc)
- Click “Back to iGoogle Home” and review your new job search lens
When you’re done, you should have a page that looks like this:
That’s it. Play around with the lens and customize it however you wish.
I recommend including a lens for your LinkedIn profile and even your FaceBook or Myspace profiles to round out your entire lens page. You could even set up your own Google Custom Search with your job search specs and include that in your career tab in iGoogle. If that’s too complicated then you can just grab “Job Search Universe” in iGoogle’s gadget seach page and add it to your lens (in the screenshot above, it’s in the lower right hand). Happy job searching!