Being able to narrow down the search to a country would be useful.
Definitely. Location-based search would be really handy, and is something we've got in the pipeline :)
Filters are obviously #1 - location, type (F/T, P/T, contract, etc.), pay even, possibly. #2 for me would be to allow people to post resumes & "looking for" with their own location. Let people find those who are looking, as well. As you said, "looking now, not looking but could be persuaded" and "not looking" - that would be useful for those doing the hiring.
The jobs board makes sense for many reasons. As Rand pointed out at MozCon, it's hard to find exceptional marketing talent. It's also a great way to support the community financially since the CPM is much, much higher than any other kind of advertising stream we've looked at, whilst being far less intrusive than something like banners.
The jobs board has roughly 20-30 postings a month, with ~1500 unique visitors to the jobs board. That's okay, but it's a long way from becoming the staple of this industry.
To do this, it's got to become far more useful. We'd love to hear your ideas for the jobs board…
So far, we've two main ideas...
1. Specifying the job types ought to help people identify different kinds of postings
Full/part time roles
Release these as individual listing types, perhaps with different pricing options.
2. Build a product for recruiters to use.
Whoa… dirty word! Let me explain :)
Careers.StackOverflow.com have got this right I think. They let users indicate whether they're actively (looking now), passively (not looking, but show me something interesting) or not looking for a job. They then sell access to this data from $1000/month per head.
Whilst we don't have the kind of clout in marketing that StackOverflow has in programming (yet), there's substantial value in offering a service to recruiters. Like the jobs board, it would be out of sight and mind for those who aren't job seeking. We could make it an option on your private profile page.
What do you think of those two ideas? And have you any other suggestions for making the jobs board insanely useful?
The phrase "crawl before you walk" springs to mind.
There's a whole bunch of stuff that could/should be added first before reaching stage 2. Being able to filter results by location for a start. Just being able to filter results at all after implementing all of the things in stage 1 (all good suggestions) would be a necessity.
I'd recommend maybe including the kind of role you'd have in terms of in-house, agency etc.
You mean grabbing more information when people post listings?
Yeah, to a point where it doesn't become a nuisance. I think some SEOs prefer to work in an in-house environment over an agency and vice versa, so maybe stuff like team size, whether it's a startup etc. might be useful. It would also be interesting to see the kind of breakdown in the jobs posted - see what kind of companies are posting to inbound.
Other than that, I wonder whether the idea of having another section where people can put in their own CVs, bios and descriptions might be of interest to people - although we're bordering on LinkedIn here.
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