~ 26 September 2006 ~
Almost exactly one year ago today I launched “Gigabits” (yeah, lame name, in retrospect) in an interest to assist companies who frequently emailed me asking if I knew of qualified candidates for a position they were looking to fill.
It’s entirely fitting, then, that it receives a big ol’ first-birthday present: Gigabits is now AuthenticJobs.com, completely retooled to improve the existing job listing service.
Since 2005, qualified candidates have been applying for great opportunities at The Motley Fool, Turner Sports Interactive, Last.fm, Phinney Bischoff, Garmin, Agilisys and many other companies. But up until now the job listing process was a tedious one at best. Companies would email me a listing, I would then have to shorten/edit it, and then post it as a new entry in Movable Type.
Gone is the previous cumbersome modus operandi, replaced by a customized submission process, payment processing, and improved listings layout. Listings will continue to be featured here, and doubly wicked is the fact that the listings are now featured on Airbag Industries too.
What about all the other niche job boards that have popped up recently, you ask? No complaints here — I think the shift away from mega-conglomerate job sites to smaller, targeted job boards is a much needed change.
That said, here are a few comparative differences:
- Designers and developers are the primary audience. Previous listings have included such positions as User Experience Designer, Web Producer, Web Developer, Design Director, and so on. (Though you never know who might show up here — Erik Spiekermann, arguably one of the most influential typographers of our time, once commented on this site.)
- On-site (full-time, in-house) and off-site (contract, telecommute) positions are clearly differentiated. Talk to just about anyone today and chances are they’re using outside contractors for one or more projects. No need to be restricted by location in today’s global web economy.
- Money-back guarantee. You probably won’t need it, but there’s a guarantee in place to ensure you get your money back if things don’t fly the way you expect them to.
- I’ll continue to screen listings and will remove those that involve adult content or an illegitimate work opportunity. (Refunds will be issued for deleted listings.)
And there’s one more thing that separates this niche job site from the others: A proven history of connecting qualified candidates with superb job opportunities.
Out of over a hundred applicants to the role, I was the only one to apply through your site, and one of only three to gain an interview. I believe my application was immediately given more weight due to the fact it came via your job board, and I got the position!
Or how about Matthew Schwartz of Matthew Schwartz Design Studio, who received only one application from his listing, but it ended up proving invaluable:
I got one response from my listing, and he was our final hire. He’s been here several months now; he’s a great asset.
A few small things the geek in all of us might enjoy:
- Each job listing includes a stripped-down print version — print off a few, review offline later at your leisure.
- hCards (microformat) are used for the testimonials page; I’d like to explore using them elsewhere, such as the job listings themselves of course, but haven’t figured out the best way to do so yet. I’m open to feedback.
Lastly, this announcement wouldn’t be complete without recognizing those who helped with the development of the site: Jon Linczak did the backend and payment integration wizardry, and Michael Christopherson turned my design into markup magic.
Go. Hire, and be hired.
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