June 20, 2008
phpclasses.org has recently opened a job market for PHP professionals. The site, run by Manuel Lemos, will offer two distinct services, aimed at serving different needs.
The focus of the first site - http://phpclasses.org/professionals - isn’t like that of a traditional job board, where employers list their job and candidates contact the employers. This site promotes the reverse - professionals list themselves and their skills in a database. Potential employers can then search for developers with specific skills. For example, I can search for someone in the UK with at least 4 years of PHP, 2 years of C, and 1 year of Zend Framework experience.
The options listed to classify yourself seem mostly rounded out, but as this is a new system, I’ve no doubt it’ll expand some as Manuel Lemos (the site’s founder) gets more feedback. I was first shown the system a few weeks ago and suggested some small changes to Manuel, who implemented them rather quickly.
There’s already several hundred developer profiles in the system, and the system allows you to browse on a Google map, to get an idea of where the developers are located.
The idea if somewhat reminiscent of Zend’s old site which allowed developers to list themselves in a browseable database. There was no explicit classification system in Zend’s version, and they’ve since abandoned that approach, probably preferring to focus on their ‘Zend Certified Yellow Pages” approach.
The second site - http://phpclasses.org/jobs - is more of a traditional job site, where employers post job listings and invite applicants to contact them. An interesting angle to this is that the system allows employers posting a position to list certain requirements and to filter incoming candidate applications according to the list. This will ideally allow employers to not have to sift through as many applications as they might otherwise have to.