In 2010, the 13th most-popular post on my personal blog was "Student Affairs + Jobs + RSS + Email." In the post, I outline how you can use RSS feeds to have job postings delivered to your RSS reader. Several student affairs associations and job posting sites offer RSS feeds for their position announcements. Instead of visiting dozens of web sites per day, RSS allows for instant notification of new content. For example, there are currently more than 40 new job postings via 7 different RSS feeds in my Google Reader account. I can quickly scan for relevant positions in a single location.
Here's how to use RSS to add a bit of efficiency to your job search:
Step 1: You need an RSS Reader. I'm a big fan of Google Reader. It's free, web-based, and it integrates well with other Google tools. Signing up for a Google Reader account is fairly easy if you have a Gmail account. If you don't have a Gmail account, you're missing out on Google Docs, Reader, Gmail, etc.
Step 2: Visit a student affairs job site. Let's try the Career Seekers section of Inside Higher Ed. Scroll down to the "Student affairs / student services" category and click the checkbox. Now press search. Notice the RSS link near the top of the page. Copy the link. The RSS link on Inside Higher Ed is prominently located and easy to find.
Step 3: Go back to Google Reader. Click on "Add a subscription." Paste in the RSS feed link. New student affairs job postings from Inside Higher Ed will now automatically appear in Google Reader.
Step 4: Rinse and repeat. I've listed several RSS feeds on the original post at my other blog.
RSS can be a valuable asset in your job search toolkit. A combination of email alerts, RSS feeds, and your network can jump start your student affairs job search.
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