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If you’ve been a software developer for more than a month then you’ve undoubtedly heard about bidding websites such as UpWork. Regardless how you may feel about them they can be useful especially to software developers who are just starting out and trying to build up their resume/portfolio of work. Today I’m going to show you an easy why to use IFTTT to automate your job hunt on UpWork.
I’m going to assume you have both an UpWork and an IFTTT account setup already if not you might want to get on that now.
On the main page of UpWork, You’ll see your Job Feed. If you don’t have any categories setup you’ll want to do so now.
Once you have your categories set up you’ll only see those types of job show up in your Job Feed.
Click on one of your categories and you’ll be able to set up subcategories to filter your search even more. This is extremely useful if you only want to find jobs that pay hourly or say filter clients who haven’t had that many projects posted.
After you pick all of the subcategories you want to use you’ll want to head up to the top of the page and click “Save search” under the search bar then give your search a name.
After you’ve saved your search (or not as it’s not truly necessary but it’s handy to keep it around) you can click the RSS icon next to “Save search” to get a custom RSS feed or an Atom feed of your search.
Hold on to that then hop on over to IFTTT and create a new applet (they’ll always be recipes to me) using Feed. If you use Feedly you’re on your own but I’m sure you can manage, I believe in you!
Add the RSS feed you got from UpWork to the Feed URL and click “Create Trigger.”
From there you just have to pick which service you want to use to be notified. What I did personally when I used UpWork often was use SMS to send me a text every time a new job showed up in my search. If you don’t plan on being that active you can always set up a daily email digest or something like that.
I hope that helps make things a little easier for you when using UpWork. If you liked the tutorial please feel free to share it on social media or leave a comment down below!