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  • A few design tips from MinnesotaJobs.com
    By on October 3, 2017 | Comments Off on A few design tips from MinnesotaJobs.com  Comments

    Local job site MinnesotaJobs.com has done a nice job overhauling ts web design the past year. Recently I took a look at what they are doing right.

    On mobile they now list a link to apply under the job in search results. I asked them by email if it has had an affect: “Yes, it has”, they replied, “we don’t have the exact numbers, but we’ve seen a bit of an increase.”

    They have great calls to action on the homepage. Nice big call outs for post jobs and registering. Simplicity of design makes it easy to read and

  • This niche board just launched a beautiful new redesign
    By on December 12, 2016 | 1 Comment1 Comment  Comments

    I have said for many years that a well designed job board goes a long way towards helping your sales and gaining new users. Recently the folks at niche job board CoolWorks, which features adventure/outdoor type jobs around the USA underwent a redesign and I thought it was a great example of job board web design.

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    The new home page features visual new cover images that rotate, a fabulous new header area that integrates the logo into the main navigation and a clear call to action (search jobs). I love how they color the login button off the main nav in purple to make it stand out.

    Scrolling down reveals featured a list of featured jobs that can be scrolled horizontally. Notice how visual they are. I think all job listings should have a photo that sells the role and CoolWorks does a great job with “visual” job postings.

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    Once you click into the site through a job search I did find one issue with what they did. Too much white space. The area that displays my keywords takes up way too much area and pushes job results down too far. They should squeeze the keywords onto a single line. It looks like the “Save This Search” box may be the cause of this but I would recommend looking at a different way to implement that feature so it is more linear.

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    They also do a great job curating user generated content through their “Journal” section where people write about the cool jobs they get through the site.

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    There is lots to admire about their new redesign. Other job boards should be jealous. It looks like they built site using WordPress. A lot of job boards online now have let their sites get old and gray. But CoolWorks is one of the leaders in our space that just keeps getting better.

  • Coding your own job board? Use these design guidelines
    By on August 2, 2016 | Comments Off on Coding your own job board? Use these design guidelines  Comments

    If you are about to code your own job board board rather than using an existing solution here are my basic guidelines to ensure you do it right. You need to think about serving 2 audiences—job seeker and employer. I hope you find these tips/examples useful.

    a) Make it mobile friendly. Your site should render properly on any screen size.

    b) Logo. Use simple clean logos that can be clearly ready on a mobile device.

    c) Pricing. Make your prices publicly viewable. Do not require registration to see them. Display your pricing in a simple horizontal layout like this;

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    d) Home page guidelines. First be sure the button/links to post a job are clearly marked and STAND OUT. Dedicate a minimum of 20% homepage real estate to employers. Here are 3 examples.

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    Love this post it note call out

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    Governmentjobs.com has a simple button in the upper left.

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    CareerCloud has several links, images and buttons that call out employers on its homepage. Note the use of logos for the job distribution service.

    Also on your homepage display the latest 10 or 20 jobs from your site. And have a section where companies can be featured so you can upsell them this exposure.

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    e) Job search box. This is the best way to let job seekers search.

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    f) Job Listing results. Let employers display logos on their listings so they can stand out more. If they don’t have a logo use a default icon in its place.

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    g) Job descriptions. The top section of your JD page should give a quick summary of the job basics for quick glance. This section should also lead with an <H1> header for SEO purposes. Put your location and company name in an <H2> just below it.

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    Also call out the company profile (with logo). The apply button should be clearly marked and their should be social media share buttons. See example below;

    h) Social media. List your social media channel icons in your top header and in your footer.

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    i) Phone. If you have a phone number for sales, display it in your header and footer throughout the site.

    j) Miscellaneous. Keep your design, simple and clean. If you belog to any associations like TA Tech, the Better Business Bureau, etc use those trusted logos in your footer which helps with credibility. Also on your checkout pages display all relevant credit card logos. Also if you have been in business for more than 5 years show that because it helps with your credibility.

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    Vetjobs.com footer with badges adds credibility

  • Tale of 2 New Job Boards (premium)
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  • How to find a web designer for your job board (free)
    By on February 22, 2010 | Comments Off on How to find a web designer for your job board (free)  Comments

    One of my clients asked me recently if I had any good recommendations for a web designer to redesign her job board. I do all my own designs so I didnt really have a good answer for her. But if I ever needed one here’s what I would do.

    1. Post something on the Job Boarders blog seeking recommendations. I would also look for other job boards whose design I admire and send them a note asking who designed their sites. You are bound to get some good referrals.

    2. Go to 99designs and post a project, its a pretty good site for getting designers to compete for your work.

    I’ve said many times that design is the key to every successful job board. It HAS to look professional and inspire companies to post jobs and job seekers to register.

    Don’t skimp on a good design for your job board.