A Recruiter’s Guide to RSS Feeds and Using Google Reader

RSS IconA lot of Recruiters I meet are not sure what RSS means.

RSS stands for “Really Simple Syndication”. You will find it on any website where there is regularly updated content – like news sites and blogs.

If you regularly check out more than one or two news sites and blogs during the day then using an RSS reader might be a big time saver for you. The most common RSS Reader used is Google Reader. A tool like Google Reader allows you to bring in feeds from all your favourite new sources and blogs to one location. This means that you will only have one place to check for new posts and articles while you enjoy your morning coffee.

You can find Google Reader by visiting google.com/reader. If you already have a Google account, then you already have Google Reader without even knowing it.

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You should also add subscriptions to any blogs and news sites that you regularly check for new updates. This will ensure that you don’t waste time or miss anything important.

For example, the BBC segments their news into a number of different news feeds. You can get just the things that matter to you delivered to your reader.

You might also want to subscribe to any news feeds your company might have on its website, or blogs written by your company’s employees. You could do the same for your competitors too.

It is also possible to get alerts brought to your Google Reader every time a new webpage is indexed by Google that matches your chosen search criteria. You could use this if you’ve found a particularly good Boolean string for identifying candidates or you could use it to listen to what is being said about you or our company. Use Google Alerts to set this up.

When working in a recruitment business, I have used RSS to keep up to date with job feeds on the company websites and even niche job boards – great for marketing!

Manage your subscriptions using Folders

You can organise your feeds into folders, in much the same way that you probably use folders on your computer.

You might choose to have a folder for work feeds and a folder for personal feeds, keeping the news about your favourite sports teams separate from the latest recruitment updates.

You could go further and make some folders like this:

Google Reader Folders

Reading Posts

Latest posts from the blogs and websites you subscribe are automatically added to your Google Reader when they’re published.

The number of unread posts is shown in brackets next to the folder name (as in the picture above).

Log in to your Google Reader account. Click on the folder you want to read. Make sure it is set to Expanded view so you see the full post.

Google Reader expanded view

Just scroll down through the posts in the folder to read all posts. You can use the ‘J’ and ‘K’ keys on your keyboard to hop up and down between posts.

As you scroll the posts will automatically be marked as read and the number of unread posts listed next to the folder name will decrease.

Just click on the post’s title to visit a post and add a comment or share it via Social Media.

Sharing Posts from within Google Reader

It is easy to share posts that you think your network will like to your Google+ profile directly from within Google Reader. There is a button below every post.

If you haven’t set up a Google+ profile yet, I would recommend doing so. It will make you much more discoverable via Google search and more people are using it then you might realise. If you do, don’t forget to look me up.

If you want to share to another social network like Twitter, then you can either click through to the article where it is hosted on the author’s website and share as you normally would. Alternatively, you could set up a rule using ifttt.com. Ifttt is a handy tool that allows you to create rules for many social sites. For example, you tell ifttt to share a link on Twitter every time you “star” a post within Google Reader.

Do you already use Google Reader? What is your experience?

UK Sourcers News – 9th July

UK Sourcing News

I have spotted another blogging sourcer in the UK. Check out Martin Freeman’s blog called “My Sourcing Basics”.

Tickets are selling fast for the UK’s first Talent Sourcing Conference in London this August. Have you got your ticket yet?

Social Media News

Is Facebook Planning it’s own Social Job Board?

Improvements to Twitter Search that might prove useful for building more meaningful relationships.

Searching Twitter without Boolean, a useful post from SourceCon.

LinkedIn is not the only site for professional networking – have you checked out Viadeo?

Google News

iGoogle dashboard is to be discontinued.

10 things about Google+ from The Wall Blog.

Punctuation and symbols in search – Google make some changes to search.

The future of Google Plus – Insights from Google HQ.


In-House Resourcing Specialist – Trader Media Group in Reading, Berkshire
Researcher, Executive Search – Penna in London

UK Sourcers News – 6th June 2012

UK Sourcers News

We’ve had a small influx of new Facebook “Likes” this week – thank you!

A new UK Sourcing blogger has emerged – Why not check out the Sourcer Tips blog. I think the author is trying to stay somewhat anonymous, which is a great shame 🙁


Today is Onrec’s Gravity Recruiting event in London. See live tweets from me throughout the event.

Don’t forget to join #SRCHAT via Twitter this evening at 8pm BST. #SRCHAT is a weekly Social Recruiting Twitter Chat. Lisa Scales of Tribepad and Jerome Ternynck of Smart Recruiter will be tonight’s expert guests, discussing Social Media and its impact on the Candidate Experience. I recommend using Twubs to follow and join in with the conversation. If you missed #SRCHAT last week when we talked about Social Recruiting and Facebook then catch up on the crexia blog.


Finance Recruiter (Fixed Term Contract) – Pepsico in Theale, Berkshire
Recruitment Consultant (Temporary / FTC) – Archant in Norwich

Looking for a new opportunity:
Senior Recruitment Advisor looking for next challenge after London 2012

Social Media

10 Examples of Recruiters’ Headlines on LinkedIn from the folks at Link Humans. Do you make the best use of these 120 characters?

Why your #jobs hashtagging isn’t working – a thorough breakdown of the intricasies of Twitter search from the Social Talent blog.

Social Media around the world – Econsultancy shared this breakdown of the world’s most popular Social Networks.

Top 20 Free Twitter Tools – A list from The Wall Blog

A Day In The Life Of The Internet

A week might be a long time in politics, but a day is even longer in online recruitment.

Perhaps you ran a search yesterday and didn’t find a suitable candidate on a job board, or no one was tweeting/blogging about the software your client needs expertise in.

A lot has happened on the Internet since then.

In just one day we write enough blog posts to fill Time magazine for the next 770 years! 98 years worth of videos are uploaded to YouTube – you’ll never manage to watch all the cat videos.

When you search the web today, it’s very different than the place you searched yesterday…

A Day In The Internet - From Mashable

Infographic via Mashable.

Do you love Twitter Tips?

I notice that Twitter tips blog TwiTip returned last week after a long break in posting.



TwiTip launched in April 2008 by Darren Rowse, the renowned @Problogger. It soon attracted an impressive array of guest bloggers and became the go to place for Twitter tips.

Blog posts mysteriously stopped in December 2010, but TwiTip now seems to be back in action with three new posts last week;

I hope TwiTip is back for good as I love a few Twtter Tips!