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How to | Use RSS to get a pharma job

Posted on: 27 Jan 10
How to | Use RSS to get a pharma job

Summary

RSS is a much under-estimated and under-used thing. It was originally conceived as an easy way of syndicating website content, hence the name “Really Simple Syndication”, but it now become a standard by which content is made available across the web to other sites or users.

RSS is a much under-estimated and under-used thing. It was originally conceived as an easy way of syndicating website content, hence the name “Really Simple Syndication”, but it now become a standard by which content is made available across the web to other sites or users.

So the question is, what is it and how can it help? Firstly, it’s a feed, which means that it’s a file normally hosted on a website that is dynamically updated containing up to date information. The information may be specific to you, or might contain general updates such as news. But the key thing is that by querying the feed, you can collect the “updates” without actually going to the site. This is a real time saver if you are monitoring lots of job boards or company sites.

A large number of job boards and sites include RSS feeds and some of those also enable you to set up personalized feeds. For example, PharmiWeb.com’s saved job search can be viewed as an RSS feed.

Ok, what can you do with it? Well, you’ll need an RSS reader, which is a piece of software that keeps track of your subscribed feeds, and displays them in a meaningful way. The good news is that there are loads available for free. Google’s “Reader” is a good one, the Opera browser has one built in, or take a look at Newsgator (www.newsgator.com). Many readers can be used on your mobile too, making it easy to keep up to date while on the move.

For the purpose of this article, let’s assume you are using Google Reader. We can now set up a number of job searches and feeds.

Let’s go to www.PharmiWeb.com/careers/ and run a search. You can see the jobs that are immediately available in the results page, and at the top right hand corner of that page there’s a box that says “Email me jobs like this every day”. Simply put your email address in the box and press send. You will receive an email that requires you click on a validation link, but once you have done that, the system will automatically run that same search every night for you and email you new matching jobs.

Now you could use this daily email to keep track, but if its RSS you are after, you will notice on the email that there is an RSS logo. The link from this logo is the URL that you need to subscribe to by clicking on the “Add a Subscription” button within Google Reader. Google Reader will now track updates to the feed and show you what’s new each day without you having to go to the actual site and run a search. With multiple subscribed searches, this can save hours, plus within Reader, you can also tag and star the jobs to keep track of which ones you’re interested in or have applied for.

Other pharma job sites such as InPharm, also allow you to save your search and grab an RSS feed of it too, as do the more generic sites like Monster, so why not bring your job searches to one place.

So there you have it, job searching from multiple job boards just got easier! If your favourite job board doesn’t allow RSS feeds for your search, maybe you should drop them a note and suggest it to them!

Happy Job Hunting
 

Mike Wood

Last updated on: 07/02/2011 09:45:45

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