Job Board RSS Feed

This document outlines the use of RSS (Rich Site Summary or Really Simple Syndication) feeds in the Avionte system, primarily focusing on Job Boards. RSS feeds are instrumental in delivering regularly updated web content and enabling data from Job Boards to be published on third-party job posting websites. Applicants who apply through these external websites are directed through the Avionte Standard RSS Feed to their specific job workflows.

Key Takeaways

  • RSS Feed for Job Boards: Avionte's Job Boards come with an RSS 2.0 feed by default, making it easy to distribute job listings to third-party job posting websites like Career Builder and Monster.com.

  • Referral Source Tracking: To record the referral source from which applicants accessed the job, you can configure the RSS Feed to include a Referral Source Query String. This feature is available in the Core application version 17.1.2 or newer.

  • Applicant Information: After applicants apply through third-party websites, their information is tracked in the Core application and the Recruiter Module. They are labeled as "Online Applicants" in the Core application, and their data is accessible in the Recruiter Module's Order section.

 

RSS (Rich Site Summary or Really Simple Syndication) is a format for delivering web content that updates regularly and allows data from one website to be published on another. RSS feeds are especially useful for delivering updates on Job Boards to third party job posting websites because information changes constantly as positions are added and job postings are updated.

Each of the Avionté Job Boards is enabled with an RSS 2.0 feed that is automatically available when the Job Board is created. This RSS Feed can be used to push data to third-party job posting websites such as Career Builder, Monster.com, etc. so that applicants can apply to jobs from there.

 

Information Included in the RSS Feed
Generating the RSS Feed URL
Referral Source Query String
Example RSS Output

 

 

Applicants who apply to a job on a third-party job posting website will be sent through the Avionté Standard RSS Feed to the specific workflow assigned to the job that they are applying for. The flowchart below illustrates the process of how the Job Board RSS Feed is used.

 

The Referral Source, or name of the website the applicant used to apply, can also be recorded by configuring the RSS Feed to include a Referral Source Query string. The Referral Source Query is only available if using the Core application version 17.1.2 or newer.

 

 

Once an applicant submits an application, their information will be visible in the Core application and the Recruiter Module. The applicant will be marked as an "Online Applicant" in the Core application, and their information will be available in the Recruiter Module under the Order section > Candidate list. 

 

 

Information Included in the RSS Feed

The title of the Job Board will also be the title of the RSS feed. A maximum of the 500 most recent active postings are included. The title, summary, posting time and URL is included for each posting included in the feed.

 

 

Generating the RSS Feed URL

  1. Locate the Job Board URL that will have the RSS feed. The Job Board URL is listed under the Admin Section > Job boards > Board's URL address field. For more information, see the Admin - Job Boards article.

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  2. Add ".rss" to the end of the Job Board URL.

    For example, for "http://examplejobboard.com/clerical" the RSS feed will be at "http://examplejobboard.com/clerical.rss"

 

 

Referral Source Query String

Adding a referral source query string will record the site from which the applicant accessed the job. For example, if an applicant applied to one job through Career Builder and one job through Monster.com, Career Builder and Monster.com would be listed as a referral source.

 

If the applicant clicks and applies to a job posting that has a referral source, the referral source will be stored at the Candidate level in the Core application database and is also available in the Referral Source AQ and Order Candidate Report.

  1. Create an RSS Feed URL using the steps described above.

  2. Add "?referralSource=[name of source]" to the end of the RSS feed URL. The referral source can be added to any string.

    For example, if Career Builder was the referral source, the URL with the Referral Source Query String would be "http://examplejobboard.com/clerical.rss?referralSource=careerbuilder". 

 

 

Example RSS Feed Output

The RSS Feed output will appear in the format shown in the example below.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-16"?>
<rss version="2.0">
<channel xmlns:atom="http://www.w3.org/2005/Atom">
<title>My Job Board</title>
<link>http://www.example.com/my-job-board</link>
<description />
<atom:link href="http://www.example.com/my-job-board.rss" rel="self" type="application/rss+xml" />
<ttl>30</ttl>
<item>
<guid isPermaLink="false">393619bd-1ecf-4fc2-b0dc-a3fad4456cb7</guid>
<link>http://www.example.com/my-job-board/posting/393619bd-1ecf-4fc2-b0dc-a3fad4456cb7</link>
<title>Forklift Operator</title>
<description>
&lt;table&gt;
&lt;tr&gt;
&lt;td&gt;Title:&lt;/td&gt;
&lt;td&gt;Forklift Operator&lt;/td&gt;
&lt;/tr&gt;
&lt;tr&gt;
&lt;td&gt;Location:&lt;/td&gt;
&lt;td&gt;Milwaukee, WI&lt;/td&gt;
&lt;/tr&gt;
&lt;tr&gt;
&lt;td&gt;Summary:&lt;/td&gt;
&lt;td&gt;We are looking for someone to drive a forklift.&lt;/td&gt;
&lt;/tr&gt;
&lt;tr&gt;
&lt;td&gt;Job category:&lt;/td&gt;
&lt;td&gt;Construction&lt;/td&gt;
&lt;/tr&gt;
&lt;tr&gt;
&lt;td&gt;Branch:&lt;/td&gt;
&lt;td&gt;Main Office&lt;/td&gt;
&lt;/tr&gt;
&lt;tr&gt;
&lt;td&gt;Pay rate:&lt;/td&gt;
&lt;td&gt;40000 - 50000&lt;/td&gt;
&lt;/tr&gt;
&lt;tr&gt;
&lt;td&gt;Posted date:&lt;/td&gt;
&lt;td&gt;5/30/2017&lt;/td&gt;
&lt;/tr&gt;
&lt;tr&gt;
&lt;td&gt;Job ID:&lt;/td&gt;
&lt;td&gt;1234&lt;/td&gt;
&lt;/tr&gt;
&lt;tr&gt;
&lt;td&gt;Job type:&lt;/td&gt;
&lt;td&gt;Permanent&lt;/td&gt;
&lt;/tr&gt;
&lt;tr&gt;
&lt;td&gt;Job keywords:&lt;/td&gt;
&lt;td&gt;Forklift, Construction, Heavy Machinery&lt;/td&gt;
&lt;/tr&gt;
&lt;/table&gt;
</description>
</item>
<item>
<guid isPermaLink="false">d278cf03-6905-4517-a609-42b4403928d9</guid>
<link>http://www.example.com/my-job-board/posting/d278cf03-6905-4517-a609-42b4403928d9</link>
<title>Beekeeper</title>
<description>
&lt;table&gt;
&lt;tr&gt;
&lt;td&gt;Title:&lt;/td&gt;
&lt;td&gt;Beekeeper&lt;/td&gt;
&lt;/tr&gt;
&lt;tr&gt;
&lt;td&gt;Location:&lt;/td&gt;
&lt;td&gt;Madison, WI&lt;/td&gt;
&lt;/tr&gt;
&lt;tr&gt;
&lt;td&gt;Summary:&lt;/td&gt;
&lt;td&gt;We are looking for someone to keep our bees.&lt;/td&gt;
&lt;/tr&gt;
&lt;tr&gt;
&lt;td&gt;Job category:&lt;/td&gt;
&lt;td&gt;Agriculture&lt;/td&gt;
&lt;/tr&gt;
&lt;tr&gt;
&lt;td&gt;Branch:&lt;/td&gt;
&lt;td&gt;Secondary Office&lt;/td&gt;
&lt;/tr&gt;
&lt;tr&gt;
&lt;td&gt;Pay rate:&lt;/td&gt;
&lt;td&gt;50000 - 60000&lt;/td&gt;
&lt;/tr&gt;
&lt;tr&gt;
&lt;td&gt;Posted date:&lt;/td&gt;
&lt;td&gt;5/29/2017&lt;/td&gt;
&lt;/tr&gt;
&lt;tr&gt;
&lt;td&gt;Job ID:&lt;/td&gt;
&lt;td&gt;2345&lt;/td&gt;
&lt;/tr&gt;
&lt;tr&gt;
&lt;td&gt;Job type:&lt;/td&gt;
&lt;td&gt;Temporary&lt;/td&gt;
&lt;/tr&gt;
&lt;tr&gt;
&lt;td&gt;Job keywords:&lt;/td&gt;
&lt;td&gt;Agriculture, Bees, Farming, Beekeeping, Insects&lt;/td&gt;
&lt;/tr&gt;
&lt;/table&gt;
</description>
</item>
</channel>
</rss>

 

 

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