JobsPikr Feature Update 2020

JobsPikr has been going through rapid development on the functionality as well as the user experience fronts. This done to give our users a seamless and easy way of getting job datasets. Be it for their jobs report or job research. We at JobsPikr strive to constantly give users artificially intelligent job data on the go. Powered by our machine learning and data science models, let’s take a look at some of the feature update that will roll out this month. 

Feature Update 1:

Agency Vs Company Differentiation:

Feature Update

This is a game-changer for most people. The ability to know when a job posted by the company or their representatives directly against the same posted by a recruitment agency is a huge leap forward. This helps filter out the jobs posted by recruitment agencies so that there is more emphasis given to the jobs posted directly by recruiters. This improves the quality of the postings as there is a higher trust factor with the customers alike. These listings remain updated for a longer period. The chances of dead posts are also reduced as the recruiters would remove them as soon as the position closed at their end. 

Feature Update 2:

Job Title Normalization:

Feature Update

This feature update is a small change to the application that will help make the data search hassle-free. This ensures that there is a standardization of the titles that contain similar jobs. For eg, “Software Engineer – Backend – Java/PHP in Bangalore/Hyderabad” will condense to “Software Engineer – Backend” allowing it to fit into the general bracket of Backend Software Engineers. The other parameters put in where required, like Skills and Location in this case. 

The Job Title Normalization feature update will help the users seamlessly integrate these jobs into their systems and let them do any sort of analysis effectively. 

Feature Update 3:

Skillset Extraction:

Feature Update

We are now going to add another field called skills within each job listing that we acquire. This feature will ensure that the jobs searched based on the main skills required for a particular job. Instead of having to search only based on the title. You can now search for the specific skill set required for a particular job. For eg. a software engineer could have expertise in one of the multiple disciplines: Java, PHP, Ruby, Node.js, Python. This used to expand the scope of the search to include more job titles with specific skills. 

These feature updates are all slated to roll out in August 2020. With our mission to be the go-to source for all job-related data and insights. We at JobsPikr strive to be the most comprehensive job feed solution. We are all ears to hear what you think about these features. If you have a feature request or any other query, do write to us at sales@jobspikr.com.

JobsPikr’s 2019 Journey

JobsPikr Beta was launched in late 2017 and went through multiple iterations following the demands of our growing user base. It has been a thrilling year for JobsPikr, accompanied with its highs and lows, pushing us further towards our set targets. There were times we had to push really hard because some of the assumed traction wasn’t coming in.  JobsPikr has gone through a lot of brainstorming and reshaping, thanks to all the continuous customer feedback. 

Pivot from source-specific jobs towards a jobs database

JobsPikr in its earliest form was designed to provide job feeds from company career pages and other specific sources of interest. 2019 saw a major pivot from that concept towards being able to search across jobs by location, title, keywords and the like. 

Currently, we are at 30 million job listings and counting. It has been great learning solidifying these sources and adding newer sources by the day as we grow the index.

Expanded user base

JobsPikr saw a major expansion in terms of the number of companies using this data. It also saw the evolution of customer segments with the growth and new needs of the users. 

JobsPikr now has customers from France, Italy, Denmark, South Africa, and Mexico among other countries like the US, UK, NL, and AU. We also have a lot of AI-driven companies in our user base, who are looking to enhance their AI engines with big accurate data.

Major features for checking expired jobs, download schedules and support

2019 saw a plethora of features being shipped almost every month. JobsPikr added features for checking for expired/active jobs, which was one of the most desired features across our user base. As a JobsPikr user, you can now only retrieve jobs that are still active. Furthermore, you can see if a previous job has expired. This empowers our users to deduce average timelines to close a position based on the location, job title, company or source. 

Other features that were launched were the ability to set up data download schedules, the option to exclude company names and XML format option for data ingestion among many other smaller features that catered to individual user requests. Support is now seamlessly integrated into JobsPikr wherein issues can be raised and tracked easily.

Enriched data and increasing industry coverage

Jobs data that started out only with the essentials like job title, location, and description, now has an exhaustive list of fields that include salary details, HTML format of the job description, last date to apply, and current status of the job. Moreover, we now have jobs from across sectors like hospitality, healthcare, non-profit, media & communication, retail, etc. For instance, we did a quick visualization of cloud architect and product designer jobs from our database some time ago. Below is a quick representation of the insights we derived.

 

Onward and Upward

JobsPikr has evolved into a one-stop job data solution catering to the needs of every industry and segment be it job boards, placement agencies or analytic companies looking to monitor market signals. Moving into 2020, our goal is to strengthen our position further on our mission enabling business success via data. There’s already a huge feature backlog that the team is skillfully working on.

We aim to expand our jobs index by another 20M dataset and add newer industry niches while making the solution more robust and easy to use. We’d also like to initiate strategic partnerships in this space to help more businesses succeed by leveraging easy access to data, which is otherwise generally difficult to obtain.

Best Job Board Software Compared

With the advent of online job-hunting in the twenty-first century, we have seen multiple job boards and job matching services crop up. While some of them are popular worldwide, some are well known in the regions or niches they operate in. A job board can even be started in a day if you have the right tools. You need a continuously updated data-feed for which you can go with a DaaS provider like JobsPikr, an automated job-discovery tool built by our team at PromptCloud. Once your data-feed is arranged, you will need to use a job-board software to get your job board up and running. While there are several job board software used in the market today, we will be focusing on the most popular ones and we will be mentioning differences in key areas such as – cost, features, support, trial period, clients, support for mobile app/website and additional benefits.

1. Features

      1. SmartJobBoard is a flexible job-board software that comes with multiple features which would help job board owners, companies who want to post new jobs, as well as job applicants. It has 5 different minimalistic themes that come with the standard package. It allows auto-parsing of resumes so that the fields need not be filled separately by applicants and can be auto-filled from data in the resume. 
      2. EjobsiteSoftware is another job-board software that comes with a full application-tracking system. You can create a fully functioning job board website with a custom homepage, along with an applicant-tracking software, and iOS and Android Apps.
      3. Any job board created using MatchWork will start with a white-label job board to which you can add features that are all constantly upgraded. Ready-made designs and templates exist but you can also choose your design patterns in order to stand out. They also provide statistics on daily usage and traffic on the website.
      4. With no software installation required, if you are using JobBoard.io, your job board can be up and running in minutes. The entire tech-stack is handled by them, so you do not need to worry about a thing. All you need to do is sign up, select a domain and start your board. New features will get added to your job board timely and you will be able to take advantage of the SEO ready templates too.
      5. For a highly custom approach, you can choose to go with JobBoardMount, which is a comprehensive and fully customizable job board software, that can help you create a responsive and mobile-ready job board. You can use a template or create a custom template. It comes ready with social media integrations.

2. Cost 

      1. For SmartJobBoard, their Basic pack will cost you $179/month and will get you all the basic features. With the $299 premium pack, you will be getting 5 job auto imports via XML feed link and some advanced features such as multiple admin login ids, auto-resume parsing, and use custom fields in job-listings. There’s also a custom Enterprise version with migration assistance for which you will need to contact sales.
      2. EjobsiteSoftware comes at $600, with ten built-in themes, 5GBs of annual hosting memory, iPhone and Android apps, Social Login, SEO/Marketing strategies and also other customizations.
      3. No information is present about the cost of MatchWork’s services.
      4. JobBoard.io comes at $249/month for the basic plan with email job alerts for 500 subscribers, payment options via Stripe and Paypal, and unlimited custom pages and blog. The professional plan comes at $349/month and includes an additional administration to help you manage your job board. There is also an enterprise edition that is available for a custom price. It comes with special features such as API access.
      5. If you are looking for a hosted solution, the monthly fees are $325/ month, and there’s an initial activation fee of $4950. There are also additional charges for custom design, SEO, spider and more. In case you want a standalone license, it will cost you $6500 for the encrypted source and $9500 for the full source code which you can both edit and host. 

3. Existing Clients

SmartJobBoard has clients that include TrulyHired, JobsInMaine and ChiroRecruit. EjobsiteSoftware has built hundreds of job boards which you can check out here. MatchWork boasts of multiple Job Boards such as SydJob and Ofir. JobBoard.io has a separate webpage where they boast of the different job boards that they have built in the form of various case studies. JobBoardMount is the only software in the group that sports big industry names such as SalesForce.

4. Trial Period  

You can use SmartJobBoard and JobBoard.io for 14 days for free before actually subscribing to their services. No trial option is available for EjobsiteSoftware, MatchWork, and JobMount.

5. Special Features

    1. SmartJobBoard comes with Mailchimp integration by default. So if you need to send emails to your job-applicants or companies advertising on your website, you can do that easily, without the need for any new integration. It also helps you to create a copy of your job board on a Facebook Brand page. This would provide more exposure to your job posts. They also allow API integrations, so if you are using a DaaS provider like JobsPikr to provide you with a continuous feed of jobs, you can use the APIs to make sure the data is automatically populated in the website. 
    2. EjobsiteSotware provides features such as searching for jobs by duration, US Zip code, resume management dashboard, newsletter integration, and separate control panel for job seekers.
    3. MatchWork provides an import CV from LinkedIn option since most people have their latest updates on LinkedIn but not on their resume. They help build job boards that are highly connected to social media. For example, you can auto-publish on social media sites like Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter thereby saving a lot of time for the social media team.
    4. JobBoard.io makes sure that all your blogs, webpages and listings are SEO optimised, and include semantic structuring, sitemap generation, user-friendly URLs and more.
    5. When using JobBoardMount, you can get XML feed for job postings from top job aggregators like Indeed and ZipRecruiter. Flexible APIs are offered for adding other features such as 3rd party integrations, batch upload of bulk job-feed, etc.

6. Support for Mobile app/website

SmartJobBoard claims to use responsive templates which would make websites designed by them, work flawlessly across any screen sizes. EJobSite offers source code of Android and iOS applications to help you set up mobile applications for your job board. MatchWork, JobBoardMount and JobBoard.io also claim to build job boards that are fully responsive and automatically adjust to any screen size. MatchWork adds that the functionalities on the mobile view are supposed to be the same as the one on a desktop. 

Conclusion

These were some of the commonly used Job Board Software and the different features and distinctions among them. As we saw, most of them offered certain features while some features were offered only by one or two. The differences among them have been highlighted so that when you need a job board software, you have some data to back up your decision. 

Release Notes: Job Data Download Scheduler, HTML Description and More

Release notes are our regular updates that showcase the new features released by the JobsPikr team so that you get to learn everything new from a single space. Here is a roundup of everything that went live last month.

Download Scheduler

This is one of the key features that both our internal team and customers wanted to push to the product as soon as possible. The job data download scheduler is very simple and straightforward to use. Simply click on Download Data after adding the search parameters in the Add Query tab or click on Saved Scheduled Queries tab if you want to schedule a query that you have already saved.

JobsPikr_job_data_scheduler

Select the frequency (Daily/Weekly/Monthly/Every 2 days) of download, date of the month, time, number of job listings in each download, and finally the format. That’s all!

You will receive email notification every time the scheduled data is ready for download. You can access the Download tab to save the job listings.

HTML Description

This is also another highly coveted feature from our clients who own job boards. This particular update delivers the HTML description of the job listings so that additional formatting can be avoided when importing the job listing to the job board.
This ensures posting easy-to-read job listings a smooth and swift process.

Additional Search Filters

We’re committed to delivering the exact job listings based on your requirements. This update to the search panel ensures that job listings can be excluded from the search result if the company names are provided for exclusion.

exclude company name

Infrastructure improvement

This update also includes a range of UX improvements, crawler optimization, bug fixing, new data sources to deliver the best possible value to our clients.

Try out these new features by signing in to JobsPikr.

Insights from Product Designer Job Listings

LinkedIn created a list of the most promising jobs in the U.S. for 2019. Using data from its platform, the professional networking platform looked at job openings and yearly salaries to see which positions provide the best hiring growth and pay. They also considered a robust likelihood for promotion as a ranking factor by looking at the percentage of employees working at the end of 2016 who then started a new position at the same company in 2017. Then, on a scale of 1 – 10, with 10 being the highest, LinkedIn gave each role a career advancement score.

Product designer job has been listed in this report and it’s very interesting as it’s a relatively new job role that mostly combines some of the traditional job roles such as experience designer, UI, and UX designer. In this post, we used JobsPikr to download job listings with “Product Designer” in the job title from the USA and analyzed the data to find out interesting insights.

Read on to explore in greater details.

The data set

This data set has more than 1700 job listings for the US region extracted in between March and August. Here are the data fields available in this data set:

crawl_timestampurljob_titlecategorycompany_namecitystatecountryinferred_cityinferred_stateinferred_country
inferred_countrypost_datejob_descriptionjob_typesalary_offeredjob_boardgeocontact numbercontact emailcursoruniq_id

Job growth over time

This chart explores the number of job postings from March to June. We can see that there is constant growth in the number of openings since May.
job listings over time

Top cities for product designers

So, which cities have the most number of opening for product designers?
As we can see, San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Seattle, and Dearborn are the top cities with product designer jobs. Now you know where to move for your next opportunity.

top cities for product designers

Top industries with product designer jobs

We can clearly see that the major industries employing product designers are ‘entertainment’, ‘arts’, ‘publishing’, and ‘computers/internet’. This is understandable as there is significant growth in these industries and the products are inherently design-intensive throughout the lifecycle.

job listings vs industry

Top skills required for product designer job

Let’s now explore the key skills that companies are looking for in product designers. The following chart has been created by looking at the frequently occurring words in the job description field of the job listings. Of course, we have removed stop words such as ‘product’ and ‘design’.

top skills product designer job

Given below are the five most important skills:

Research

Once the product vision is defined, product research (which naturally includes user and market research) provides the next steps for a great design. To maximize your chances of success, product designers are supposed to conduct insightful research before making any product decisions. Remember that the time spent researching is never time wasted. Good research informs product, and the fact that it comes early in the design process will save a lot of resources (time and money) down the road (because fewer adjustments will need to be made).

This is crucial as data-backed decisions are important in any design process. That’s the reason we also see ‘data’  as a frequently used term in the job description.

UX

Fundamentally, UX design focuses on user satisfaction and ensuring that the product actually fulfills the user’s needs. UX designers design with user interaction as their main focus, ensuring they’re continually improving the usability and accessibility of the product.

A UX designer will take control of the full scope of the design thinking process, from the research to the ideation, and remain people-driven at all times.

Development

During Design Development, design issues should be resolved to fix and describe the scope of the entire product. This includes coordination with the product engineering team and working on the feedback.

Interaction design

Interaction design is an important component within the giant umbrella of user experience (UX) design. It is the design of the interaction between users and products. The goal of interaction design is to create products that enable the user to achieve their objective(s) in the best way possible.

Mobile

The screen real estate is limited in mobile when compared with desktops or laptops. Hence, there are many things to consider when designing for mobile and while many are standard UX considerations; there are going to be mobile-specific design considerations.

Designers make important design decisions for mobile and select design philosophies such as responsive design and adaptive design.

Conclusion

We looked at the top skills, important cities for product designers along with major industries and job growth over time. The visualizations show that top cities are San Francisco, New York, and Chicago. Also, the top industries hiring for product designers are media, entertainment, computer and internet. The most important skills for this job role are research, UX, development, interaction design, and mobile strategy.

It’s time for you to download the job listings from JobsPikr based on your criteria and perform analyses.