Open source spreadsheets are having a moment. When online retailer Wayfair recently announced layoffs a recruiter at the company created a spreadsheet on Google Drive that she made public with the names and contact information of those laid off. It went viral and many people were able to land jobs because of its creation.
Then I saw this story below. A guy runs a spreadsheet that he manually curates for the animation industry. He doesn’t appear to be making money off it, rather it’s passion project.
“Everyone knows I love a google sheet, and this is as good an example of as any I’ve seen. An industry specific job board for the animation industry, aggregated by one person. See the raw spreadsheet here for yourself. It’s the internet at its finest.“
I found yet another example of a spreadsheet job board called Silver Lining. It started as a spreadsheet but has morphed into a sort of reverse job board where laid off startup workers can get matched to companies. They charge $99 per job posting.
It will be interesting to see if he can make a business out of it. The tech job board space is highly competitive but organic stories like this tend to do well because of their authenticity. The examples above offer a glimpse into how job boards get started and hopefully you can get some tips on starting your own from these founders.
FYI: a Coronavirus job spreadsheet