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Jobster R10

Yesterday at Jobster, we rolled out our biggest release since our public launch a year ago. As I mentioned in a previous post, most of the work I was involved in is only available to our paying customers, so (conveniently?) I can’t provide links to stuff I worked on directly.

That isn’t to say that I’m not excited about the stuff I can show you. Our front page was given a new look, and we we’re now including the “Jobster Live” view of real-time job searches on our main page. You can see the jobs and locations people are searching in real time, accompanied by a cool animation of the search and its results. Those little animations are clickable now, too!

We also introduced a neat “trends” page that shows how various search types and locations are changing in popularity, akin to Google’s Zeitgest page. Cool stuff!

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CREATE VIEW. DROP jaw.

Normally, I hate surfing the Internet on April Fool’s Day. Most site authors have an over-inflated view of their own cleverness. Most of the “fake” news stories aren’t funny, and it just distracts from the real content.

But I found the SQL on Rails site brilliant. There’s not a lot there, but the taglines and web 2.0-y touches are worth the price of the click.

If you enjoyed this, you’ll probably also want to check out the latest thinking in software development methodolgies as well. Document-driven documentation, indeed.

Typepad and Jobster

I’m really excited about some of the areas Jobster is exploring in its attempt to match the right candidate for the right job.

For a year now, one of our key job advertising features has been based around targeted emails. For example, a recruiter will send email through Jobster to some of their contacts (say, other employees at their company) about an opportunity they’re trying to find candidates for. These recipients can, in turn, send these opportunities on to their own contacts, and so on. While this has been very successful for us in discovering otherwise hard-to-find prospects for our customers, it’s by no means the only tool we want to rely on for finding qualified professionals.

Today, Jobster announced another initiative along these lines. We’re partnering with Six Apart and their Typepad service, allowing typepad bloggers to add a sidebar that lists available jobs relevant to the blog, including an optional search box. As my CEO points out,

…in this day and age, that great web services developer (for instance) is more likely to be reading a blog on a topic like “ruby on rails” than they are to be searching on a job board on a given day, so we need to get our jobs where they are.

Plus, we’re giving away a year’s worth of Typead service to 400 lucky bloggers.

The best part for me is that this is just our first small step into the distributed job advertising arena. Email campaigns got us off the ground, but exploring opportunities like these, I believe, will allow Jobster to make a real difference in this market on a much broader scale.

Edit: Thanks, Joe, for pointing out the typo 🙂

Out of Hibernation

No, this isn’t another post about my 2nd favorite Java project.

This is my first post in 3 months. Not a good trend, obviously. But I’ve been busy. Very busy. At Jobster, I’ve been working on a major upgrade to our recruiter application that rolls out tonight. It’s the biggest release we’ve had since our launch a year ago. I personally have been working on this release for six months now, and I’m very proud of what we’ve accomplished. Unfortunately, unless you’re a paying customer of Jobster, you won’t actually get to see first hand the bits I’ve been working on, though the awesome folks working on our corporate site have created a 4-minute demo you can watch.

I have grand visions of making more updates to this site in the near future. I just upgraded my wordpress installation from 1.5 to 2.0, and I’d like to explore some of the new features (as well as cleaning up the design of this site a bit, emulating my buddy zalm as much as possible). I’m already liking its new editor. And there’s plenty of topics I’m itching to write about, if I can only find the time.

Until then, watch this space. I haven’t actually abandoned it yet.

More Cowbell

More CowbellI got a fever with but one remedy

My wife often laments at not knowing what to get me for (Christmas|my birthday|our anniversary). Apparently I’m a hard one to gift for. Well, here’s one idea: I like T-shirts (warning: some potty humor). I especially like cowbells, Missouri, Pedro, and Jesus.

Thanks to hatboy for the link.

31

It’s like 30 in its prime.

Happy Birthday, Zalm!

Thanks for giving me a place to express my well wishes