by Valerie Heruska
It’s that fantastic time of year again when the job searching is at an all-time high. Many grad students and profesionals in student affairs are looking for that first or next step. We are all familiar with certain websites: Higheredjobs.com , The Placement Exchange, and Academic360.com just to name a few. Of course, there are also the individual websites of colleges and universities. When I was in the job searching process, I would find myself looking at so many different websites each day and trying to keep track of those websites was really a pain in the tush.
What I didn’t realize was that there was another way that I could simplify the entire job search process: Use my RSS Feed. Many websites, allow you to save items to your RSS feed. My favorite feed at the time was Google Reader (RIP, Pour one out for my homie), but now it is Feedly. So here’s how to make it work:
1. Save your searches
Almost every job search site allows you to save your job searches and add them to your RSS Feed reader. Just scroll to the bottom of any search results page and click the big orange RSS feed button.
2. Keep an eye on your favorite institutions
We all have crushes on institutions — seriously, it’s the one that you check every day for new jobs. I am willing to admit that I had a crush on George Mason University and I know one day I will work there. If your favorite institution has an RSS feed for its job posts, add that to your reader, too.
3. Organize by Skills and Focus
There are so many things that we student affairs professional do: residence life, student activities, multicultural student affairs, etc. It’s really easy to sort through the different job types by using your RSS reader. Now that you’ve brought all your searches and company postings into one spot, you can organize them into categories. That way, you can focus on positions that have similar requirements at the same time, which will get you in the groove as you’re adapting your resume and cover letter for each job.
4. Scan Star and Send
The absolute best thing about using RSS feeds is that after you have everything set up, you can scan the jobs in your reader from anywhere you have internet or mobile access. Use your phone to look for jobs while you’re away from your computer. While you’re scanning, star or flag the positions you want to apply to, and you’ll be able to easily go back and find them when you’re ready to prepare your resumes.
Hopefully these tips will help you stay organized and focused while using a little bit of technology to help you on your way to job success.