Of course there are books that answer this need for some fields of interest. However, with the client's permission I wanted to use this opportunity to explore a more general solution.
In a nutshell here's what we're doing and how we got there (may look complicated but really isn't):
- The client is computer savvy; I've introduced her to Google Reader and showed her the basics of subscribing to and processing RSS feeds. (Took fully ten minutes, including my screw-ups.)
- Knowing that she's interested in seniors I did a preliminary search on indeed.ca and found that if I search for that I receive a lot of 'hits' with 'senior' in the titles. I made a mental note to exclude these; she doesn't need to see items like 'Senior Accountant.'
- To get started I thought of the following key words that might lead to relevant jobs: seniors, retirement, geriatrics. You're too polite to comment about this.
- indeed.ca used to offer RSS feeds for each search performed. I notice they no longer do. However, I know that indeed.ca RSS feeds still work. I therefore needed to determine how to construct the URLs that constitute RSS feeds. Although I have been unable to learn the full syntax of what indeed.ca will accept I know enough for our present purposes.
To get an RSS feed for this client, for the key words mentioned, for Ontario I can use:
(If I had only one key word I could just delete the unneeded key words and the '+or+' items connecting them.)
- Remember: I want to exclude jobs with 'senior' in the titles. But I don't know how to do that using an indeed.ca RSS feed. Again, as in some previous posts, I turn to Yahoo! Pipes. It's not difficult for cases like this! Be warned it won't work on the Chrome browser; it works on Internet Explorer. All you need to do is drag-and-drop a few thingys from the left-hand column into the tableau and connect them with pipes, then save with a suitable name and tell your users the URL of your creation. Here's the one for my client who's interested in seniors.
- See how the 'Fetch Feed' thingy appears in the list of 'Sources' to the left?
- The 'Filter' thingy appears in the list of 'Operators' to the left.
- The URL for the RSS feed discussed above is keyed into the edit box just under the word 'URL' in the 'Fetch Feed' thingy.
- See how the 'Filter' looks at the item.title and, if it Contains Senior then the item of which it is a part is Block'ed.
- Having saved this and followed the link 'Back to My Pipes' (elsewhere on the page shown) I simply click on the 'Google' button to add the feed to Google Reader. To supply my client with the page containing this button I give her the page's URL, as you might in any other situation (except that these URLs are extremely ugly). Better to send in an email.