Saturday, January 07, 2006

Free RSS Feeds

With companies investing significantly in marketing via blogs and podcasts, I find it astonishing how poor their strategies for investment are. I looked over the job sites for Google, Microsoft, and IBM--none of which have RSS feeds available with job postings. These are technology companies are they not? I suppose that this is to be expected as few job sites even offer agents to send job postings via email.

If you are a hiring manager or recruiter I strongly suggest that your organization consider job post feeds. It makes a lot of sense and it is sure to be a competitive advantage for attracting candidates (especially for technical positions).

If anyone out there knows of a good service that provides feeds for job postings, please comment.

Followup: various readers have suggested indeed.com

26 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

craigs lsit has rss feeds

11:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Slashdot incoming! 3...2...1...

12:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here in Canada, the Workopolis website offers RRS feeds of jobs, sorted by job title. Use the 'FastTrack Your Career' links on the left-hand side of the page.

12:34 PM  
Anonymous Alexander Shusta said...

You're right that companies are failing to leverage the latest (okay RSS isn't the latest, let's say recent) technologies available to advertise openings. But there's a reason for that; if they did publish openings in an open fashion they would lose control of the distribution of said openings.

HR departments exist to control the flow of information from the company to applicants and back. Perhaps their time is past, but for now they still wield significant power within most corporations. Therefore they'll argue against the use of systems like RSS that allow easy, untraceable, access and for closed, controllable systems that require logins and provide for easy tracking of users.

Would using something like RSS increase the visibility of offered positions and offer a (temporary) competitive advantage? Yes, but doing so entails a loss of control and prestige that I suspect HR departments are unwilling to accept.

Internal politics aside, many companies want to obscure their available positions for competitive reasons. Who would want the entire world to know that the board of directors is looking to fire the current top tier management team? Or that a department head is departing and there is no one who's qualified internally for a promotion? So there need to be discreet channels of information distribution with regards to openings. Very do-able, but it adds a layer of complexity to hiring that HR may not want to deal with.

And that's too bad. Wouldn't it be great to subscribe to the RSS feeds of your top 10 choices for employment a month or two before you needed a new position? By the time you're ready to contact the employers you'd know who's hiring, for what types of positions and where in the world they need those workers.

12:53 PM  
Anonymous Mark Maunder said...

Hi Robert,

I work for one of the larger job search engines on the Internet. We index over 100,000 new jobs per day - more than any of the major job boards. Our search engine provides RSS feeds for jobs matching your search criteria. Visit our site at http://www.jobster.com/ , do a search and there's an RSS link at the bottom of the search results page.

If you're running Firefox, you'll see an orange icon in the bottom right corner of your browser you can click on to bookmark the feed.

We also have a few other nifty tools on the site, like a job distribution map in the search results and a map showing where our users are searching for jobs in realtime.

Regards,

Mark Maunder
Director of Search Technology
Jobster.com

1:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I totally agree. I use the feeds provided by indeed.com and simplyhired.com to get job results. It takes a lot of the work out of job hunting.

1:03 PM  
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Craigslist... But it's arguable how useful it truly is for anything but freelance and small jobs.

1:24 PM  
Anonymous Warner Onstine said...

Indeed.com offers RSS feeds and the search is decent based on the material it has to work with. Unfortunately some of the jobs may no longer be available (or are mysteriously lead to a broken link but can still be found within the site whose being targeted).

1:52 PM  
Anonymous paul rooney said...

indeed.com is great. It aggregates jobs from hundreds of sites, lets you build your own customized search, then create an RSS feed for that search. It is much easier than any other source I have seen.

2:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

washingtonpost.com just introduced RSS feeds for their quick job search. Go to their Jobs site and do a quick search (I did Java Developer in Fairfax County, VA). On the search results page there is an RSS link.

2:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Microsoft hiring scheme is quite simple. When you have enough money to be able to get a group of people and say, "find me the best programmers in the world, money is no object"

Then, when you've found these people, you batter their honest open sourced principals with large wads of cash.

and one day, if i'm really lucky, i'll become a victim of their hiring scheme too :D

3:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I currently keep a eye on craigslist's different jobs boards, each of which has it's own RSS feed. For instance, the "Internet Engineering Jobs" page is http://www.craigslist.org/nby/eng/, and the RSS feed for it is http://www.craigslist.org/nby/eng/index.rss. Just aggregate them into a group, and you have your own up-to-the-minute custom job feed.

I don't know that many other places that provide this level of RSS capability.

3:17 PM  
Anonymous robotgeek said...

try www.indeed.com

3:30 PM  
Anonymous David said...

I've been using several already, though these are mainly RSS-aggregators specifically for job searches...

http://www.indeed.com
http://www.jobster.com
http://www.simplyhired.com

Each of the RSS "feeds" incorporates a multi-site job search; very nice.

4:00 PM  
Anonymous Canadian Headhunter said...

What a day for you with Slashdot. Good luck.

4:07 PM  
Anonymous Al said...

The problem with RSS is that you'd make it much easier for recruitment agencies to come knocking. And most tech companies just don't like recruitment agencies - many tend to not filter their applicants sufficiently well and end up wasting your time (and sometimes money).

4:55 PM  
Anonymous Tom said...

indeed.com searches multiple job sites, and provides the search results as an RSS feed. I've used it, and in fact found a job through it. Definitely convenient.

5:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

But wouldn't this just really make it easier for recruiters and not the job hunters?

5:51 PM  
Anonymous ST said...

www.workopolis.com provides rss feeds for various jobs.

6:52 PM  
Anonymous ~bc said...

This is such a no brainer! Why no RSS feeds for job openings? I've been waiting for this since the moment I discovered RSS. If you want to hire the best, most enthusiastic employees, wouldn't you want the ones who would subscribe the your HR RSS feed?

8:27 PM  
Anonymous Brandon Harper said...

I think indeed.com provides the best of both worlds-- it aggregates tons of job sites AND it offers any search you'd like to use in RSS format.

And no I don't work for them or anything like that, I just for the most part enjoy their service. :)

11:02 PM  
Blogger Felipe said...

I use oodle. They aggregate postings and publish them as a feed by city.

9:24 AM  

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