by Elena Bubelich, Head Editor, INALJ Quebec
How to build a custom RSS
(to help you to save time during your job search)
Everyone knows how long it could be to search in or to check a multitude of sites offering information about jobs. For example, almost every day I check near 30 sites with job offers for my page INALJ Quebec. But luckily for me there are some free web tools that help me to save time and to optimize my search. And one of them is Yahoo! Pipes that allows you “to aggregate, manipulate, and mashup content from around the web” (http://pipes.yahoo.com/pipes/).
What does it mean in different terms? If you are subscribed to some or many RSS feeds, you know that usually they contain heterogeneous information. It means that they often contain information you are not really interested in. With Yahoo! Pipes you may combine as many RSS feeds as you want in a custom one and filter out the information you only need to know.
Let me show how it could help you during your job search. I’ll take as an example Quebec Municipalities’ Web site which offers a good RSS of ALL jobs in all municipalities around Quebec. It’s evident that if I subscribe to this RSS, I’ll have too much irrelevant information and I’ll need to trudge through it to find suitable jobs. So I’ve entrusted Yahoo! Pipes with it which combines and filter 9 RSS feeds. As a result, I have this list and I can get its RSS URL and then read it in any RSS aggregator (by the way, trying to find a substitute for Google Reader, I test now Feedly, NetVibes and The Old Reader).
So, what do you need to do to start your custom RSS at Yahoo! Pipes? Firstly, open Yahoo! Account if you don’t have one. Secondly, watch this YouTube tutorial that explains how to build your pipes. Thirdly, create a new pipe, save it, take its URL, add this URL to your RSS aggregator and wait for automatic updating.
If you have any question about Yahoo! Pipes, I’ll be glad to help you, write at elena.etud.ebsi at gmail dot com.