Posted by Brian McCullough
For those of you that are hip to RSS and RSS feeds (all the people that have subscribed to this feed are clearly hip) you should be aware that almost every major job board now allows you to sign up for job search RSS feeds.
Input the criteria you’re looking for (city, state, industry, keywords, etc.) and the site will send each and every job that meets your needs to your feedreader of choice.
I wish I had taken the time to write out a to-do list myself, but in their usual comprehensive way, ProductivityPortfolio has already done so. And done a much better job that I probably would.
Go to How To Use RSS In Your Job Search and read away.
They have a detailed discussion of every single job board, instructions on how to sign up for the feed, and a fine tutorial on how to use these feeds to maximum advantage.
When you start your job search, I would use several websites. One benefit of setting up similar job feeds with different sites is you can do comparative analysis. You can see differences in the number of jobs, post frequency and the job description details for each vendor. You may find that one feed is very good about updating, but doesn’t provide as much detail. In some cases, you may decide to use multiple feeds as one service may have unique job listings.
If you’re looking for a feedreader to use, like the article, I recommend Google Reader. That seems to be the easiest to use, and based on my feed stats, the most popular.
And yes, that is a snapshot of my actual feedreader in the photo.