What is it?
RSS or ‘Really Simple Syndication’, is a simple way to distribute information to a wide number of people.
How can it help me in my job search?
When job hunting it is likely that you will regularly visit industry specific job boards. The content of these websites changes all the time. Having to continually go back to each website to check for new job listings can be tedious and time consuming.
Subscribing to the websites RSS feed pretty much solves this problem as it allows you to keep informed of the latest content of the sites you are most interested in. This saves you time as you don’t have to visit each site individually. This is obviously a great job hunting tool.
How do I subscribe to an RSS feeds?
In order to grab RSS feeds from all of your favourite websites and job boards you will need to download a web-based feed reader such as Google Reader.
So, you have downloaded your RSS Feeder via Google Reader. Now to subscribe to an RSS feed, say from CK Clinical, simply follow these instructions:
1. Go to the CK Science homepage: https://ckscience.co.uk/
2. Scroll down the page until you see the RSS logo
3. Click on the RSS logo and you will be directed to a screen that looks like this:
Then copy the URL of this page: https://ckscience.co.uk/jobs/rss/
4. Sign into your Google Reader Account:
5. To subscribe the CK Science’s RSS feed, simply click ‘Add a subscription’:
6. Paste the URL https://ckscience.co.uk/jobs/rss/ into the dialogue box and click ‘add’. The screen should look like this once you have done so:
You can also watch this Youtube video to help you use Google Reader:
So now you know how to subscribe to RSS feeds, finding your next science job will be much less of a headache!
If you have any further hints and tips to help people use RSS during their job search, please feel free to leave your comments below.