Using RSS Feeds

RSS Feeds and How to Use them in Your Job Search

RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is a process used for aggregating and sharing web-based content. Using a RSS reader, you can view RSS feeds from a wide range of job search resources. RSS feeds tend to be updated frequently (sometime in real time) hence the content is usually quite fresh.

Job hunters have the ability to subscribe to existing RSS feeds that include predefined job search criteria. More useful, however; is the ability to define your own job search criteria and convert it into a personalized RSS feed. Then, using a RSS reader, you can have your personalized job search results and employments listings presented to you each time you access the RSS reader.

A RSS reader automatically downloads and displays RSS feeds. The RSS feeds usually list titles, headlines or other high-level information and typically include a brief description about the content. Clicking on the heading brings up the details you’ll need.

Checking RSS feedsThere are a number of free and commercial RSS readers available on the Internet. Some are stand-alone programs; others are built into applications such as web browsers and email programs. You may find that you already have a RSS reader installed on your personal computer. If not, a search of the Internet will identify a variety of RSS reader sources. To get you started, here are a few RSS readers worth checking out:  Feedly: (, Newsblur: ( and The Old Reader: (

Finding and Setting up a Job Search RSS Feed

There are a number of job search sites that offer RSS feeds. Some have site-specific content and others, like and, aggregate job listings from a variety of sources (learn more about job aggregators via the /Tools and Resources/Job Aggregators menu). Sites that will work best for you will depend on how closely they target jobs that are a match to your needs.

RSS IconRSS feeds are often identified by the orange RSS icon found on this page, but may also be identified by the initials “RSS” or ”XML.” Unfortunately, there aren’t universal standards regarding how RSS feeds are presented or accessed from site-to-site. Check out SimplyHired, Indeed, and Monster for examples of automated RSS feeds you may find useful. Once you see how they work, you can adjust or expand the number of feeds you use.

Once a RSS feed has been identified, saving it to your RSS reader not very standardized, but it is pretty straight forward. To save your job search as a RSS feed, you would typically click the “RSS Feed” icon (or RSS/XML link) and follow the procedure for adding the associated code or link to your particular RSS reader. In some cases, you may have to right click the RSS icon and select “Copy Link” and then paste it into your RSS reader. In your RSS reader, you typically select “Add Subscription,” ”Add Feed” or something similar and then follow the prompts in order to finish setting up the RSS feed.

Here are a few examples to give you an idea of what RSS feed links look like. As you can see, some links with predefined content are quite simple, while more specific links can be somewhat lengthy. Since most browsers can display RSS feeds, you can enter the link to the RSS feed in your browser's address bar to view the feed.


Once set up, any new job search results will show up in your RSS reader as they become available. As you evaluate those results over a period of time, you may find that you need to refine your search criteria and then update the RSS feed link. For example, you may need to make adjustments for geography, salary, industry segment, etc.

A RSS feed can be a nice complement your other job search processes. By regularly bringing you targeted employment listings, it can make your job search more productive. However; it should always be viewed as just one of many tools you should utilize in your job search.

Finally, while exploring the availability of RSS feeds, you may find that some job search websites also offer email notifications that deliver new job postings to you via e-mail each day. While they may not be as timely as RSS feeds, they can be an easy supplement or alternative to RSS feeds.