Advancing your career during the pandemic is near impossible, simply finding a new position after the initial spike in unemployment is a feat in itself. Job hunting really lives up to its name – you have to hunt down jobs, which to many seem an endangered species.

Over 22,000 Americans have lost their jobs during lockdown and the rest of the world hasn’t fared any better. The pandemic has confined all job-finding resources to the Internet and optimization is how you’ll get to available job openings before anyone else. Nothing saves time and effort in finding work than RSS.

What is RSS?

Let’s rewind the clock back to the early days of the Internet right after the dial-up modem went the way of the dinosaurs. More households had access to the Internet, Internet speed increased and everyone wanted to be heard, leading to the big boom of blogs.

RSS rose as a syndication tool that allowed users to receive new posts from as many blogs as they wanted in one place. RSS solved the problem of manually going through each site to check for any new updates as content is delivered in real time.

Today RSS feed readers capture much more than just blogs and news sites, you can subscribe to newsletters, social media feeds, and even comments sections.

How can RSS facilitate job hunting?

But what does RSS have to do with job hunting? You’d be surprised how flexible RSS can be – you are able to subscribe to job site feeds and receive new job offers as soon as they’re posted.

Spare yourself the painful ritual of going through each job board you can think of multiple times a day, which contributes to stress and overall disappointment. You also sidestep the issue of then clogging your browser with difficult-to-navigate bookmarks. It’s just not a user-friendly system.

Which RSS feeds do you need to follow?

You have to start with selecting the job boards with the most relevant job offers. You’ve seen that not all job sites are created equal and some are going to be useless. Aside from broader sites like Link Up and Career One, you should target industry-specific job boards like Techno Jobs, which not only posts tech positions but has restricted itself to the UK exclusively.

If you’re in the medical field, then you’re best to direct your attention to Hospital Jobs. Make a job search and save it on your RSS so you receive job offers tailored to your skills and experience.

How to choose the best RSS feed reader?

Good news is that most RSS feed readers are free to use and even those with pro subscription plans have free basic features, which are more than enough for your needs. This removes pricing from the equation and makes the choice more or less hinge on personal preferences.

RSS readers have evolved significantly as tools and I recommend you start using them for consuming content widely. Feedly and Inoreader give readers filtering options you won’t find anywhere else so you can go all out in organizing your feeds. Inoreader supports so many other channels like Twitter and podcasts.

You can easily subscribe to the social media feeds of recruiters and companies. Speaking of social media, The Old Reader puts a strong social element into how you share and recommend posts.

How to find a job with RSS feeds?

You’ll find that RSS changes how you look for a job entirely.

First, you’re one click away from seeing all new posts on as many job sites as you want since the last time you’ve checked. No more frenetic clicking and refreshing. The immediate effect on your psyche and wellbeing is astounding.

Second, you’re able to step out of the passive role of scrolling through many irrelevant posts. Through RSS, you target the information you receive, tailor it to your needs and shrink the gaps between posting and discovery and application.

Follow your target companies

Where do you really want to work? We’ve all had those fantasies, where we prosper in our career and see ourselves in a dream job at a dream company. For many these fantasies remain just that – wishful thinking. Don’t dream it – be it! Take the steps to get closer to your desired position in a company that you love.

Follow the Career portion of their website. Add the Twitter and LinkedIn pages of your dream companies to your RSS reader and follow closely, if they’ve announced new job openings. Your dream job will not fall into your lap.

Organize your feeds

RSS readers support filters, starring, and archival functions, which help users further customize and narrow down the information they receive. Mark the job offers that most interest you or are most recent, so you can prioritize where to send first and not miss anything.

I also suggest you create custom feeds for specific searches on job sites based on position and then the location (or any other metric for that matter). At the height of RSS’s popularity, you could easily subscribe with ready-made feeds. Now, you have tools like RSS.app, which can create a custom RSS feed that reflects the exact position you’re after in any number of cities. 

Get alerts

Say you don’t want to rely entirely on yourself to stay on top of job postings even through an RSS reader, but you also don’t want to miss out on that one special job that comes maybe once every blue moon. RSS feed readers lend themselves to easy integration with outside services like Gmail, Pocket, and OneNote.

Through platforms like IFTTT and Zapier, you can set triggers so you can receive an alert as soon as a job offer from your dream company is posted. This way you’re one of the first candidates to submit your resume and stand out. 

Guest writers and carefully selected for Career Enlightenment. Thanks for reading!

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