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Even Easier Job Boards

Posted: June 9th, 2009 | Author: Andrew Gleave | Filed under: Easy Job Boards | Comments Off

Easy Job Boards, our simple–to-use hosted job board application, has just been updated and we’ve completely removed the requirement that you create an account before you are able to create a job board.

We wanted to make it as simple as possible for people to create a job board, and that means doing something about the need for you to already have an account before being able to try out the service.

We considered integrating OpenID with our registration system – which we may implement at some point – but decided that it would be far nicer if we could do away with the user having to provide any details at all.

You can now just go straight to the create a job board page, give your board a name, and that’s it – your own job board created in record time, and you haven’t even needed to give your email address!

If you decide that you want to give your job board a proper spin and publish your board and its jobs live on the internet, you can then create an account and start a 14-day free trial.

Hopefully, by leaving the requirement to register until the last moment, it helps newcomers get a feel for their job board quickly, and with minimum fuss.


Easy Job Boards: Now with themes, colours and roles

Posted: March 26th, 2009 | Author: Andrew Gleave | Filed under: Easy Job Boards | Comments Off

We have just released the first major update to Easy Job Boards since its launch and have introduced a number of requested features:

  • Custom Themes and Styles and user-defined job roles – Enabling users to choose custom colours and themes for their board and to add custom job roles so jobs can be categorized for easy browsing and filtering.
  • Custom domain support – You can now specify a custom domain for a job board so if you own newyorkaccountancyjobs.com, you can now run a job board directly from that address. Or, if you already have a company website, you can use a jobs subdomain like jobs.mycompany.com

To keep up to date with the changes and improvements we’re making to Easy Job Boards, check out the Easy Job Boards blog.


Easy Job Boards Rebrand

Posted: January 2nd, 2009 | Author: Scott Barnham | Filed under: Easy Job Boards | Comments Off

We launched our hosted job board product a couple of months ago under the name “Fuselagejobs”. Much as we liked the name and plane logo, it’s not obvious from the name that it’s an easy way to have your own job board.

Today we changed to easyjobboards.com with a fresh new logo and more obvious domain name. We hope this will be much clearer to people who are looking for a hosted job board solution. We chose “easy” to emphasise one of our key goals: make it easy for non-technical folks to start and run a job board.

We have many improvements in the pipeline and we’d love to hear your suggestions.


Job Boards now with Submit, Analytics and API

Posted: December 2nd, 2008 | Author: Scott Barnham | Filed under: Easy Job Boards | Comments Off

Instead of launching a separate version of Fuselagejobs we decided to tighten our focus and add new features to the existing job boards.

  • You can now allow visitors to submit job listings to your job board. If you approve the job listing, it will be displayed on your job board.
  • We’ve improved the management interface where you can add and manage jobs and contact details.
  • You can now use Google Analytics to track visitors to your job board.
  • We added a lightweight JSON API to make it easier to display your jobs on other websites. Widgets coming soon.
  • We’re confident these new features make the job boards more useful and better value. We’d love to hear your feedback on these changes or anything you’d like to see.
  • Get your own job board now on Fuselagejobs – it’s free to try.


Why we launched a Job Board app

Posted: December 2nd, 2008 | Author: Scott Barnham | Filed under: Easy Job Boards | No Comments »

Our first product is Fuselagejobs which lets you easily start your own job board and list job vacancies online. It might seem like a strange choice for a hosted web application. Job listings have been on the web for a long time and there are established big players as well as open source alternatives. So where do we fit in?

Big Players

The big job databases have lots of traffic, lots of employers and lots of candidates. They list jobs from different industries and rely on search to find what you are looking for. That’s ok, but maybe not the best way for candidates to find interesting jobs and for employers to find the best candidates. It all seems very big and impersonal.

Niche Job Boards

Small job boards that target an industry niche or geographical area are becoming popular. We saw great success with Djangogigs, a job board for web developers who use the Django framework. That’s a good example of a tightly-focussed industry niche. It was launched over a year ago and has had over 500 jobs submitted so far. It quickly became the de facto place for employers to post job ads and candidates to look for work in that niche.

Many of the large blogs and other websites with a lot of users have started their own job boards as a way of helping their community and generating some revenue. The jobs are focussed enough that they are interesting to the website regulars. Employers pay to advertise knowing the people who see their job adverts are the type of candidates they’d like to attract.

DIY for non-geeks

So why not use one of the open source packages to set up your own job board? You could if you have the technical skills or have staff to do that for you. If you don’t want to wait for the IT guys or in-house developers to get round to it, Fuselagejobs is a good alternative. It’s easy to use, requires no technical skills and is fully hosted. Just sign up and start adding jobs within minutes.

Innovation

A basic job board is pretty easy to develop, but we think there’s room for innovation to make it easier for the right candidates to find the right jobs. As always, we’re keen to hear your feedback on what you’d like job boards to do for you.

So that’s why we launched a job board app!

Check out Fuselagejobs and create your own job board for free.


Job boards made easy

Posted: October 20th, 2008 | Author: Scott Barnham | Filed under: Easy Job Boards | Comments Off

We’ve just launched Fuselage which lets you create your own job board.

Each job board has its own website with admin interface and is hosted by Red Robot Studios. It’s very easy to get started and there’s nothing to install – all you need is a modern web browser.

Niche job boards are taking off. A niche job board brings together people with specific skills or located in a particular area. We know from past experience that a focussed community can build around a job board leading to higher quality candidates and more relevant job listings – a win-win situation for employers and candidates.

Fuselage fills the need for people who want to create their own niche job board or for companies or recruiters who need a simple way to list jobs online.

Fuselage is the first app to be released by Red Robot Studios and we have high hopes for it. In the coming weeks we’ll be adding new features and releasing different packages.

If you’re interested in job boards, you can try Fuselage for free.