ZipRecruiter is an online employment marketplace where employers can find new hires and job seekers can look for employment. It has an AI matching technology that analyzes data to help employers find the best person to hire and for job seekers to find the best job based on their qualifications. ZipRecruiter is the highest rated hiring website in the United states with over 110 million job seekers using it to find jobs.
As a popular employment website, ZipRecruiter is filled with valuable information that’s highly sought after. This data is used for various purposes, whether it be for data analysis, finding industry leads, tracking your competitors, and many more. Extracting all that data though would take a lot of time and effort. You need to use a web scraping tool to do the job easier and faster.
Using a bot for web scraping though is highly restricted by most sites. In fact, your account and IP address would be immediately banned and blocked if the website discovered that you’re using a scraper bot. To not get banned, you need to pair your web scraping bot with a ZipRecruiter proxy.
A ZipRecruiter proxy will handle all of your web requests for you and act as a gateway between your device and the internet. This means that any website you visit will only be able to see the IP address of the proxy server and not your own. By continuously rotating proxies, your bot would have a different IP address each time it sends a number of requests which fools any website into thinking that your requests are from genuine users and not from a bot.
Let’s set up a ZipRecruiter proxy server.
_Note: Make sure that the web browser you’re using for ZipRecruiter is set to automatically copy your computer’s proxy settings. Google Chrome automatically does this, so it’s recommended to use it. _
To set up proxies in Windows, simply search for “Proxy Settings” in your windows search bar and open the search result.
You are then given two options to choose from: Automatic proxy setup or Manual proxy setup. If you want windows to automatically detect your proxy settings, choose the first option. Choose the second option if you want to utilize a specific ip address and port number.
If you chose the first option, then:
- Turn on Automatically detect Settings
- Turn on Use setup script
- Enter the script address
- Click Save
If you chose the second option, then:
- Turn on Use a proxy server
- Input both server address and port number
- If you have any addresses you would like to visit without a proxy, enter them here
- Turn on Don’t use the proxy server for local addresses check box if you want to access a local server without a proxy
- Click Save
To start configuring your proxy settings in MacOS, simply:
Step 1. Click on the Apple Icon.
Step 2. On the drop down menu, click on “System Preferences”.
Step 3. Click on “Network”
Step 4. Click on “Advanced”
Note: Make sure to connect to your wi-fi first.
Step 5. Click on “Proxies”
This should then redirect you to MacOS proxy settings. MacOS is more straightforward compared to windows. You only have one option which is to manually configure your proxy server.
Here are the steps to follow:
- Select which proxy IP protocol you want to configure. This depends on which protocols your proxy service provider offers.
- Turn on Secure Web Proxy
- Input the Proxy Server Address and Port Number
- Click OK to save the configurations
Note: You may be prompted for your Mac user password to save your settings.
Image Alt Text: Configuring MacOS Proxy Settings
To set up a ZipRecruiter proxy server for your mobile device, simply change your phone’s proxy settings. The ZipRecruiter mobile app will automatically copy your phone’s proxy settings whenever you use it. This is applicable for both Android and IOS.
Here’s a thorough guide for Android and another one for iPhone.
Congratulations! You have now finished configuring your ZipRecruiter proxy server. Note that the first time you visit it, there will be a pop up asking for your login credentials.