June 13, 2008
I’m somewhat surprised that I can talk to people in 2008 and they still haven’t come across indeed.com. If you’ve not been in the job market for the past 2-3 years, it’s possible. However, if you’ve been in the job market and aren’t aware of indeed.com, you owe it to yourself to check it out right now.
Again, we’re looking at a site which doesn’t have a specific focus on PHP, nor indeed even web development. Indeed.com is a job listing aggregator, taking postings from numerous sources around the web and making them searchable from one location. Just entering “PHP Raleigh, NC“, for example, will bring up a large listing of PHP job listings in and around Raleigh, sortable by ‘relevance’ or ‘date’. You might be forgiven for thinking you’re at Google, between the spare graphics, white/gray/blue color scheme, Google ads on the site, and all around spartan appearance. Who knows? Perhaps Indeed wouldn’t mind being bought out by Google.
An interesting feature is the ability to grab an RSS stream of any search you do. I can grab the RSS feed for the “PHP Raleigh, NC” search above, put that in my reader, and be kept up to date with new jobs that match that criteria. While not mind-blowing technology, not every job board offers this sort of approach to incorporating new technology in to the process.
Posting - you don’t post directly to Indeed.com. They harvest sources from around the web. If you’ve posted on one of the other major boards (CareerBuilder, etc) it’s likely that your post will show up in Indeed.com as well. There are some APIs you can use to feed in your job listings directly, but it’s not as simple as just filling in a form and having your data injected immediately. Use of the APIs to add job listings to your site is encouraged, if somewhat limited in what they’ll allow you to do with them.
(Note - I’d previously asserted that Indeed indexed Craigslist, but was in error. The post was updated to reflect this new information).