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  • Well Designed Job Board Home Page
    By on February 12, 2018 | Comments Off on Well Designed Job Board Home Page  Comments

    Your job board home page is an important piece of real estate. It’s first priority is to funnel job seekers to jobs or employer to post them. Beyond that it should feature content, be easily navigable and of course, look nice. BankTalentHQ is one of those sites. It offers a great first impression.

    Take a quick tour via my screencast. The home page and other content looks to be on a separate web host as the search part goes off to a subdomain. That way they can use a service like WordPress to create good looking home page with a template that is highly visual.

  • The Redirect Conundrum
    By on July 10, 2017 | 1 Comment1 Comment  Comments

    I have a job board client with a problem. They have a number of employers which they scrape and send the job seeker back to their ATS to apply. In the process the employer only sees the number of clicks that were sent along with the phrase ‘Anonymous’ in their dashboard.

    The problem is that these employers have a hard time understanding the value of these ‘redirects‘.

    So my idea is to capture a simple piece of information BEFORE they click to apply. Tale a look at the proposed solution.

    I want to capture the job seeker email address and also provide that to the employer to give them SOMETHING to prove an actual person clicked with the intent of applying. I would prevent the redirect from happening until they fill in the email field.

    It remains to be seen if this is a good idea. The downside to the idea at this point is two-fold;

    • They may enter a fake email.
    • They may not click at all

    So I am asking my readers for a little feedback. Do you think its a good idea? How else might you approach the problem?

    Leave a comment if you have something to say.

    UPDATE: the following Madgex sites have an external redirect data capture form implemented:

    If you click ‘Apply’ on a few jobs, you should come across one which will redirect you and before that happens you will be presented with the form.  There are a few variations to each implementation but the technology is largely the same for each site.

  • How NOT to Design Your Job Board
    By on May 31, 2017 | Comments Off on How NOT to Design Your Job Board  Comments

    Check out this poor excuse for a job board homepage. It sucks. I don’t know how else to describe it.

  • The Jobs2Careers interface has a lot to like
    By on December 1, 2014 | 1 Comment1 Comment  Comments

    Jobs2Careers, a pay per applicant job aggregator has been on a roll lately. They were named to the Inc.com list of fastest growing companies (2014) and they’re about to move into brand new offices in Austin Texas. I gave their site a look the other day and was highly impressed by its design, and UI.

    There’s a lot to like about how they have constructed the job search experience. The site has a sharp, clean design with a strong color palette and they make the states browsable up front via the home page. If I was building a site today from the ground up, I’d emulate their design direction in a heartbeat. It’s simple, strong and effective. That lets the job seeker accomplish their task with minimal effort.

    I prefer job sites that break out location links right on the homepage for easy access.

    I prefer job sites that break out location links right on the homepage for easy access.

    Here are some other aspects of the site that stand out to me.

    I love how they call out "Hot Jobs" with that arrow, great design!

    I love how they call out “Hot Jobs” with that arrow, great design!

    They also do a great job integrating Adsense into the site content.

    When integrating Adsense, use the same link colors that appear on your regular content. The more blended it appears the higher the click through rate.

    When integrating Adsense, use the same link colors that appear on your regular content. The more blended it appears the higher the click through rate.

    And their Post a Job icon is clearly visible on all pages throughout the site.

    Dont hide your employer callouts. J2C does a good job of this, although I do prefer bigger employer graphics.

    Dont hide your employer callouts. J2C does a good job of this, although I do prefer bigger employer graphics.