A new job board, and dealing with maintenance (Week 24)
First things first, please welcome Jakob Fricke to Job Garden! Jakob works with portfolio startups at Samsung NEXT, Samsung’s ventures and partnerships division.
Check out his job board. If you’re in Berlin, there’s a broad array of interesting roles there.
There’s a new feature this week!
It has an obvious purpose and an unobvious purpose.
The obvious purpose is that integrations might break, but there are too many company pages for me to keep an eye on them. So now there’s a way for site visitors to bring problems to my attention. At the bottom of every company page, there’s a “Problem with this page?” link. Follow that link…
Tapping that button will flag this page for manual review.
It appears in a new workflow in the admin system, where I can fix whatever needs fixing, then tap “reviewed” to take it off the to-do list.
The unobvious purpose is due to a page like this: a company which is currently not hiring.
- there are 3 public job boards on Job Garden
- there are 1,274 open jobs
- the site is tracking 102 companies
Of these companies, 17 are not currently hiring. I still track them, because they might start hiring one day. Some of them use a known applicant tracking system, like Workable, so I can know definitively that they’re not hiring.
But 11… they don’t have any sort of careers page all.
What to do? Having zero jobs is important to know; that should be shown on Job Garden. But let’s say they suddenly start hiring — how will Job Garden be able to tell?
Here’s the answer: every so often, Auxy and other companies like it are automatically flagged for manual review. I can then double check that there’s still no careers page, using the same workflow that I’ve developed for dealing with reviews requested by regular site visitors.
And, of course, if the company is now hiring, I can quickly build an integration and get jobs onto the boards of people who endorse it.
What’s neat about Job Garden is that there are now all these little workflows to manage and grow it, with software to help. Because there’s no cash in this — it’s just my time — I’m highly incentivised to make all the workflow tools as efficient as possible.
And also as easy to comprehend as possible! I’d like to be able to perform this kind of maintenance during my downtime, without thinking very hard, maybe while watching TV or waiting for the bus.
So I guess what I’m aiming to do is to turn managing Job Garden into a series of almost context-free micro-tasks, with an easy interface that rewards even five minutes of attention, plus as much automation as possible.
That’s what will give me maximum time for the creative work of developing the site itself.