Using RSS in Your Job Search
Technology exists to make our lives easier. RSS feeds can make your job search a much faster and more efficient experience.
The Internet is vast. To steal a paraphrased joke from Douglas Adams, you might think your dislike for your current job is pretty big, but it’s just peanuts to the Internet. And the Internet, in addition to being huge, is also filled to the brim with technologies that are either fading away slowly with time (for example, newsgroups) or that are actually quite popular but perhaps not used by you (for example, IRC channels). The upshot of this vastness is that there are probably tools out there you could be using in your efforts to find a new job, except you don’t know about them. And so you’re stuck plodding along with email alerts and scanning five or six websites every day, hoping to catch sight of the ideal new language translation job.
One tool that can help you kick your translation services career into a higher gear by finding a new job quickly is RSS. This stands for either Rich Site Summary or Real Simple Syndication, depending on who you ask, but whatever it stands for what RSS does is pretty incredible – and can simplify and automate much of your job search. And it doesn’t take much technical know-how, either.
What is RSS
RSS is basically a way of streaming information from a frequently-updated resource like a website directly to you. In practice what this means is that when a career web site updates its listings, you get a tidy little blast of information that shows all the new entries and changes to older entries in one organized package. The benefits of using RSS feeds in your job search are many:
- No more checking back – when a website updates, you get the info automatically.
- No distractions in the form of layout interruptions, advertising, or other blinking lights that can make these job boards maddening.
- Ability to stay updated on job boards constantly, wherever you are.
How to Use RSS
Using RSS is dead simple:
- Locate the feed button. This will sometimes have an orange icon that resembles a WiFi signal, or simply the letters RSS.
- Click on it. You should get a prompt asking if you want to subscribe to the feed. If you get code instead, you don’t have an RSS reader installed and will have to locate one and install it (there are plenty of these out there to choose from).
- Click “subscribe.”
That’s it. Almost every major job board out there has an RSS feed.
Other RSS Feeds
Aside from job boards, most blogs offer an RSS feed that does the same thing: Every now post is blasted to you, obviating the need to constantly monitor. Blogs that help you find and apply for jobs can be subscribed to, freeing up time and energy for more important things – like picking out your interview outfit.