Ask for a Feed - Once you have established a contact for an employer, ask them to provide you with a feed of their open jobs.
Help Your Employer - Your employer contact may or may not know how to create a feed of their jobs and might need to contact their system administrator, IT support or vendor support to get a feed. Most mid to large sized employers use an ATS system (applicant tracking system) to manage their job postings, applicants, onboarding processes, etc. Most ATS systems have built in features to create a feed of job postings. If your employer is unsure where to begin, ask them to contact the vendor that provides their ATS system and ask the ATS vendor "how can I get a feed of my open job postings?". The desired format and contents of the feed are described below.
Feed Format - A typical question from the employer/ATS vendor will be "in what format should we provide the feed"? Feeds from ATS systems are often provided in one of the following formats:
- XML Feed - a sample of what this format looks like is provided here:
- RSS Feed - an RSS feed is similar to the XML feed shown above, just with different formatting
- Atom Feed - an Atom feeds is similar to the XML feed shown above, just with different formatting
The feed should represent all current open job postings the employer wishes to send to your website (your site will automatically detect new jobs in the feed and jobs no longer in the feed and update your site accordingly).
Feed Contents - The feed an employer/ATS vendor provides should represent all current open job postings for the employer (your site will automatically detect new jobs in the feed and jobs no longer in the feed and update your site accordingly). The feed an employer sends to you should have the following content for each job:
- Job Id - assigned by the employer to uniquely identify each of the employer's jobs
- Job Title
- Job Description
- Job City
- Job State
- Job Country - if not provided will be set to US
- Job Company - if not provided will be set to employer's company name.
- Job Street Address
- Job Zip Code
- Job Category - if not provided, all jobs from this employer will be assigned a default category by the web site.
- Apply For Job URL - website address where a job seeker will automatically be sent to apply for the job. If not provided, job applications will be sent to the employer's email address.
- Other - other data may be included in the content but is not required.
Accessing the Feed - ask the employer to provide the URL/Website address of their feed (this may come from IT support, vendor support or a system administrator for the employer). You will enter the feed URL into your website. Your website can then access this URL on a daily basis to automatically retrieve and update the employers current job postings.