How to Find a Job Quickly and Easily with iGoogle

iGoogle Dashboard
Ever been frustrated having to search for jobs at different websites? Now, you can have all your favorite job listings show up in one place, customized for your needs on an iGoogle dashboard. With your personalized jobs dashboard, you can quickly and easily skim through all job listings that are relevant to you.

  1. Login to iGoogle
  2. Go to http://www.google.com/ig and login with your Google account. This is the same account as your Gmail account. You need to sign up if you don’t have an account with Google yet.

    iGoogle Home Tab

  3. Create a Job Search Tab
  4. Once you’re in the iGoogle dashboard, look to the left-hand side. Click on the downward-facing arrow beside “Home.” Now, click on “Add a Tab.” You’ll organize all of your job search resources in their own tab to keep them separate from your iGoogle homepage. Give your tab a name like “Job Search” and uncheck the box for “I’m feeling lucky. Automatically add stuff based on the tab name.” We want to start fresh and new.

  5. Find an RSS Feed
  6. Now, you’re going to fill this new tab with RSS feeds of job listings. Let’s start with Craigslist. Open up another browser window and go to http://geo.craigslist.org/iso/us. Choose your location and look to the leftmost column entitled, “Jobs.” Click on the job field that’s of most interest to you.

    On the first page of the job listings, scroll down to the very bottom and look for the “RSS” button. Right-click on the button and click “Copy Link Address.”

  7. Add an RSS Feed
  8. Go back to your iGoogle dashboard and click on the “Add Stuff >>” link on the right-hand side of the page. Look in the left navigation bar for the link to “Add feed or gadget.” Click on it and press “Ctrl + V” on your keyboard to paste the RSS feed link that you copied from Craigslist.

    After pressing the “Add” button, click on “<< Back to iGoogle home” at the top of the page. You should now see the latest Craigslist job listings you chose. The job listings will show up in a square.

    iGoogle Job Listings Options

  9. Customize Settings
  10. You can customize the settings for each square in your iGoogle dashboard. Click on the downward-facing arrow at the top-right section of the square. Now, click “Edit settings.” You can choose to see full job ads or a slideshow instead of just headlines. You can also choose the number of most recent job ads you want to see in each square.

  11. Fill Your New Job Search Dashboard
  12. All you have to do now is fill your dashboard with job listings from all of your favorite job search websites. Note that if you’re looking for work-at-home freelancing opportunities, get the Craigslist job listings for all the major cities, including New York, Los Angeles, Boston and Chicago. These places often advertise opportunities to telecommute.
    RSS
    When you’re at your favorite job search site, look for the RSS feed. Some websites may only show a text link that says, “RSS feed.” You can easily find this link by clicking “Ctrl + F” on your keyboard and typing in “RSS.” Other websites may have a button that says “RSS,” such as in Craigslist, and still others only show the RSS symbol. You can often get the RSS feed for specific searches as well. For example, you can search a website for only “advertising jobs” and an RSS feed will be available on the search results page.

    As you fill your dashboard with job listings from different sites, you can move the squares around, so the most important job listings are at the top. Just place your mouse beside the downward-facing arrow at the top-right of each square until you see an arrow with four heads. Click there and drag the square to wherever you want.

Can you share other tips and tricks that you use for your job search?

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16 Comments

  1. Posted May 4, 2011 at 6:41 pm | Permalink

    Very cool Samantha! And well put together. I am going to try this out for sure.

  2. Posted May 5, 2011 at 8:06 am | Permalink

    Hey Samantha :-)

    This is definitely a cool, helpful source! I never knew about i-Google. Exactly what I need as I’ll be job hunting very soon. Thanks again, Sam.

    – Rowena

  3. Samantha Bangayan
    Posted May 5, 2011 at 5:10 pm | Permalink

    Thanks, Val! =) My iGoogle Dashboard is my go-to every time I plan a job search day for myself. Let me know if you need help setting it up! =)

  4. Samantha Bangayan
    Posted May 5, 2011 at 9:02 pm | Permalink

    Oh perfect! Glad I could provide you with a useful resource, Rowena! You’ll love it! =) Let me know if I can help you out in any way.

  5. Freya Shipley
    Posted May 6, 2011 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

    Thanks, Samantha!

    Is there a way to consolidate all the listings (from different sources) into one square?

  6. Samantha Bangayan
    Posted May 6, 2011 at 7:30 pm | Permalink

    Good question, Freya! Unfortunately, not that I know of. =( That would definitely be convenient because I know I have over 50 squares on my job search board! =P

  7. Vincent Tufano
    Posted May 7, 2011 at 12:26 am | Permalink

    Wow! I wish I had this as a resource when I was looking for work. It sure would have saved me a ton of time and been incredibly helpful. I’m going to pass along this info to my job searching friends. Thanks.

  8. Susan Dickson
    Posted May 8, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Permalink

    Hey Sam,

    Thanks for posting this. Good article. I need to try this.

  9. Samantha Bangayan
    Posted May 8, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Permalink

    Vinny, I know what you mean! It sure did save me tons of time when I discovered this trick! =) Thanks so much for passing it on!

  10. Samantha Bangayan
    Posted May 8, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Permalink

    Susan, you definitely should try it! I *know* it will speed up the process! =) Do let me know if I can support you in setting it up! =)

  11. Posted May 8, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Permalink

    Fabulous tips! I think this is a must have, especially for freelance writers!

  12. Samantha Bangayan
    Posted May 10, 2011 at 12:34 am | Permalink

    Aw thanks so much, Mysti! =) I really hope it’ll be helpful for others as much as it’s been helpful for me! =)

  13. Posted May 13, 2011 at 12:25 am | Permalink

    Does it handle non-English job sites/services? For example those in Japan and only in Japanese? Or, is this yet another service that is made for America only?
    Thanks.

  14. Samantha Bangayan
    Posted May 13, 2011 at 1:10 am | Permalink

    Great question, Saul! I imagine that it would work perfectly fine with non-English job sites, as long as they have RSS. Just make sure you use iGoogle Japan (www.google.co.jp/ig)! =)

  15. Posted June 3, 2011 at 11:21 pm | Permalink

    Sam, this is amazing information. Thank you so much for sharing it with us!

  16. Posted June 6, 2011 at 11:12 pm | Permalink

    Wow! Thanks so much, Sherry! =) This was a real time-saving trick for me and I’m more than happy to share! =)

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