Mason Hipp has written an excellent blog post on an easy thing that every job seeker should do to improve their job search efforts – set up a customized job search dashboard on iGoogle. It is easy, free, and incredibly effective. The tools available for job seekers today are incredibly powerful, but the numbers can be overwhelming and the steps involved can be daunting. It’s also hard to know where time will be well spent with a productive outcome as opposed to being a waste of time. This step-by-step tutorial on iGoogle is well written, easy to follow, and extremely worthwhile for job seekers. It highlights a technology platform (iGoogle, RSS, Twitter, and job search engines such as LinkUp) that any job seeker at any level, in any location, and in any industry can leverage to improve their efforts.
One of the RSS feeds that a job seeker should add to their iGoogle dashboard is a customized search from LinkUp.com. LinkUp is a job search engine that indexes job listings exclusively from company websites. The index is updated every night and lists jobs from over 22,000 corporate career portals on company websites. As a result, jobs on LinkUp are always current. Unlike other aggregators such as Indeed and Simplyhired that list jobs from other job boards, the LinkUp search engine lists only jobs directly from company sites, so we have no fake jobs, work-at-home scams, and phishing jobs. As well, since 70% of available jobs are not advertised anywhere but can only be found on a company’s website, the vast majority of LinkUp’s jobs cannot be found anywhere else on the web.
To add a customized job feed from LinkUp, a job seeker should visit LinkUp.com, enter a search query into the search engine, and then hit the RSS icon in the upper right corner of their browser to get the RSS feed for that search. If a job seeker adds that RSS feed to their iGoogle dashboard, it will always list whatever current jobs are in the search engine that match that search criteria. I’d also recommend that a job seeker add multiple RSS feeds into their iGoogle dashboard, not just from different sites, but also different search strings from the same site.
In any event, this is a great post and one that I will be highlighting for job seekers as frequently as possible.