RSS readers have made the jump from obscurity to excellent productivity tools. They’re easy to use, help with content research and discovery, and have found application in marketing as well.
I’m here to tell you how you can utilize RSS feed readers so that you can find your dream job without turning your hair white.
The pandemic has caused a couple of major shifts. People have only online resources to use to find jobs and more people aim higher. It’s not just about finding A job but about finding THE job. RSS makes that search a smooth sailing.
What is an RSS feed reader in the first place?
It’s OK if you don’t recall RSS. It was popular over 10 years ago, which in Internet years can very well be considered a century. Time for a quick rundown of what Really Simple Syndication (RSS) is and how it works.
The short of it is that RSS is the way users could follow the content of multiple sites simultaneously without having to visit each one individually. If you read over 10 sites regularly, you’d rather see their posts and updates in one place. This is what the RSS feed reader does. The reader subscribes to a website through an RSS feed, which is an XML file in the site’s code.
Each time a site publishes a new article, the RSS feed updates and the RSS feed reader pulls the new article on its dashboard. RSS readers display every new post chronologically so you don’t miss anything important.
How can RSS help you find your dream job?
Saves you time
People often say that searching for a new job is like a job in itself. The job becomes exponentially harder when you set your sights on the heavens. The Holy Grail of jobs – the Dream Job!
There’s a lot of research that goes into finding job openings that meet specific, mandatory criteria and you could very well be stuck refreshing job sites, boards, and social media groups ad nauseam. RSS feed readers are designed with utility and convenience in mind. Consolidate all your sources in one single dashboard so that you don’t have to manually switch between sites.
RSS readers travel everywhere you go on your phone and some even offer offline access, which means you can access your feeds at any time anywhere. The relief from reducing this process to a smooth browse through headlines and posts is palpable.
You definitely don’t want to add any more stress now, do you?
A more targeted search
The great thing about RSS feed readers is that they allow you to curate your subscriptions. You’ll notice you can group different feeds in folders, tag certain posts and save others depending on your needs. If you’re following a lot of information streams, this type of organizational flexibility helps a great deal in spotting the best job posting quickly.
Some readers like Inoreader allow users further filtering by excluding or only showing posts that contain a specific word or phrase. If you’re subscribed to a tech job board, then filter the feed to show posts only for a specific city or a specific position.
Subscribe to job-related feeds
The great thing about RSS feed readers is that they’ve graduated from just subscribing to blogs, news sites, and forums. The current generation has made great improvements in the support for social media platforms like Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
As long as the content is publicly shared you can subscribe either to the poster or the hashtag. This is quite useful for the job or industrial threads on Twitter that updates regularly. Users can also add the feeds of public job groups on Facebook and LinkedIn to their dashboard.
In case your personal reader can’t subscribe to social feeds, there are ways to generate RSS feeds with external tools. Inoreader has a handy way of showing if a site has an RSS feed via its Chrome browser extension. If there is, you can directly subscribe through the browser.
Keep track of the companies you like
Everyone has their dream companies. The ones that inspire you to achieve new highs or just look so good to have in your resume. I’m sure you’re keeping tabs on your favorites already, but RSS makes it a lot easier to monitor blogs, newsletters, company socials, and personnel social accounts.
You never know when the company is going to promote job postings through their channels – it’s definitely an avenue worth pursuing. RSS feed readers support a variety of platforms and types of media so you’re adequately covered. Users can also curate their feeds into folders so you don’t get lost in a sea of posts but rather can scroll through feeds company by company.
Employer research also pays off in the long run, if you do end up interviewing for a position since you’ll have been following their campaigns, announcements, and launches closely. Every recruiter looks for candidates who know the company.
Get alerts for important information
It’s a first come first serve the economy. Do you want to land the perfect job? Then you should pounce on the opportunity as soon as an opening is announced. Recruiters tend to remember the names and applications of the first applicants. RSS is designed to minimize distractions, which come off as a hindrance in this particular instant, but there are ways to get notifications on important offers.
You could seek out an RSS feed reader with a push notification feature such as Inoreader or seek a suitable command chain on services like Zapier and IFTTT. Both support RSS readers and can perform a variety of actions based on a specific trigger. You can send yourself an email or text on a messaging service. The best part is that you don’t need to learn coding and both services are very intuitive. You don’t even have to spend money since both services have basic free accounts, which is all you need.