Announcing MeFi Jobs! August 24, 2006 10:03 PM   Subscribe

Hey look, it's MeFi Jobs. Use it to list jobs you'd like to hire other MeFi members for. Also, it helps if you have a lat/lon stored in your profile, as you will be able to see how far listed jobs are from you. There are probably a few obvious bugs but me and pb will do our best to squash them as fast as you can list them.
posted by mathowie to Feature Requests at 10:03 PM (165 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

Also stuff to come: filter the front page to within 50 miles of you, with a RSS feed for that as well (show me any new job that pops in within 50 miles of me).
posted by mathowie (staff) at 10:04 PM on August 24, 2006


Wow, that's totally cool.
posted by delmoi at 10:04 PM on August 24, 2006


Excellent. Those of us who are unemployed thank you.
posted by karmaville at 10:05 PM on August 24, 2006


Er, what's going on here?
Tag count of two, but I'm seeing blankness.
posted by me3dia at 10:07 PM on August 24, 2006


Anyway, though, very cool! I look forward to taking advantage of both sides of this.
posted by me3dia at 10:08 PM on August 24, 2006


Bravo!
posted by leapingsheep at 10:11 PM on August 24, 2006


Hmm, the first job is located 15 thousand miles away from me. I think I'll have to pass.
posted by liquorice at 10:24 PM on August 24, 2006


Mathowie, jobs is a really nice thing for you to do.
Put it on the blue and give yourself $30.00.
posted by Cranberry at 10:25 PM on August 24, 2006


Ooh, "test job," sounds fun
posted by Eudaimonia at 10:27 PM on August 24, 2006


And the cruel hoax of the $1mil test job is Ok - I didn't want to move to Corvalllis anyway.
posted by Cranberry at 10:28 PM on August 24, 2006


Just an etiquette question, should these be strictly jobs that I myself am hiring for? Or can I just post leads within my company where I'd like to give someone who isn't a complete assclown a job lead?
posted by Gucky at 10:29 PM on August 24, 2006


always excited to see a new part of the site open up. I'm looking forward to perusing all the 'Slow Talentless Hack Wanted' listings for a new job.
please do remember that 'fix/maintain' pile, though, Mr. Haughey.

this isn't a bug, per se, but the "JobsFilter" logo text looks too small. I think it should be the same size as the Metafilter and Metatalk logo text.
posted by carsonb at 10:30 PM on August 24, 2006


can I just post leads within my company where I'd like to give someone who isn't a complete assclown a job lead?

Yeah, I think if it means hiring someone from mefi to work at the same place you do, go ahead and list the jobs even if you're not the boss man in charge of hiring.

but the "JobsFilter" logo text looks too small. I think it should be the same size as the Metafilter and Metatalk logo text.

It's the exact same size, just that on a white background it looks smaller (there isn't a dark color to "bound" the logo).
posted by mathowie (staff) at 10:33 PM on August 24, 2006


yay! thanks!
posted by judith at 10:41 PM on August 24, 2006


another sterling feature from filter enterprises. yay matt!
posted by hayeled at 10:49 PM on August 24, 2006


I think I may have spoken unclearly. no promises for this either:

the logo image looks (and is) the same size.
the text JobsFilter looks to be the same size as the text in the Ask MetaFilter, MeFi Projects, and MeFi Music logos---but smaller than the text in the MetaFilter and MetaTalk logos.
I think the JobsFilter text should be the same size as MeFi and MeTa. is it? are they all the same size text?

if they are, and if that effect really is attributable to a traick of the ligh', color me crazy.
posted by carsonb at 10:53 PM on August 24, 2006


Matt, this is awesome.

But white? Maybe I'm just a big nancy, but the white seems kind of eye-strain-ey compared to the rest of the site.
posted by joshuaconner at 11:07 PM on August 24, 2006


Hmm, the first job is located 15 thousand miles away from me. I think I'll have to pass.

Anil's job is only 13,911 miles away from me. Score! I'm in!

but the white seems kind of eye-strain-ey compared to the rest of the site.

At work, I use the plain text theme on the whole site. It's quite pleasant.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 11:11 PM on August 24, 2006


You big nancy.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 11:11 PM on August 24, 2006


Also stuff to come: filter the front page to within 50 miles of you...

50/25/15/10/5? Sorry, but when I was living in NJ, if you'd told me I had to commute 50 miles for a job, I'd have to kill half the state just so I could get to work before lunch.
posted by Eideteker at 11:14 PM on August 24, 2006


I may have a complete misunderstanding of the purpose of this, but is it a feature or a bug that you can view the full job details when not logged in?

I mean, I thought the idea was to advertise and make jobs available to Metafilter members, not the whole world. But hey, I'm probably wrong about that, though. I guess it doesn't matter much.
posted by Jimbob at 11:15 PM on August 24, 2006


Cool. Now when I need to hire someone who's going to spend his/her days skiving off work and reading about vibrating brooms, I'll know just where to look!

So, anyone looking?

I give great rates!
posted by pompomtom at 11:15 PM on August 24, 2006 [1 favorite]


Toad pockets!
posted by cortex at 11:18 PM on August 24, 2006


goddamit

The job I've been waiting a yar to post was just filled through other means.
posted by scarabic at 11:20 PM on August 24, 2006


yar = year
posted by scarabic at 11:20 PM on August 24, 2006


so it was a pirate job, ay matey?
posted by mathowie (staff) at 11:22 PM on August 24, 2006


Aye. Transportation gig, actually: 'twere drivin' his nuts.
posted by cortex at 11:23 PM on August 24, 2006


That joke just doesn't work when you switch it around like that.
posted by cortex at 11:24 PM on August 24, 2006


Yarrr, indeedy tryin' ta fill said position was drivin' me nuts for a fortnight of sabbaths, and I woulda liked to hit up the MetaFilterin' lot o' you before commitin' to this lubber the HR folks threw up from below deck.

Harrr! Next time.
posted by scarabic at 11:30 PM on August 24, 2006


Great idea. But I still haven't listened to anything on MefiMusic, because I have a slow connection and have been pretty busy. You're creating new sections faster than I can keep up!
posted by Devils Slide at 11:30 PM on August 24, 2006


Btw, I get first dibs on any supermodel bikini waxer jobs that open up.
posted by Devils Slide at 11:35 PM on August 24, 2006


Hmm, the first job is located 15 thousand miles away from me. I think I'll have to pass.

The (16,088 miles away from you) just screams 'challenge' to me.
posted by Serial Killer Slumber Party at 11:41 PM on August 24, 2006


WHITE??
posted by crunchland at 12:26 AM on August 25, 2006


Ooh great idea! But white? After staring at the blue and the green for an hour, clicking over to MeFi Jobs blew out my retinas!

I totally dig MeFi's color schemes. Except for the white. Maybe something in the area of red?
posted by SilverTail at 12:36 AM on August 25, 2006


Only 1.5 kilomiles. I can commute in my private jet.

Now if only I had a lot of experiance with Ajax/CSS/DHTML, etc.
posted by delmoi at 12:36 AM on August 25, 2006


I would think the white background is very smart for JobsFilter. It makes it likely to be mistaken for a Word document if you're caught reading it at work.

Thank you Matt, now we older MeFites can find something when the government 'saves' Social Security by abolishing it and all the private pension money ends up somewhere in Dubai.

And I'm only 192 miles from SixApart and I have a sense of humor and an understanding of the blogosphere... I just hope Anil realizes he's gonna get 41071 emails in the next 24 hours. Is refusing to hire a sock puppet an act of discrimination?
posted by wendell at 12:56 AM on August 25, 2006


Oh dear god, it's all white and snowy!
posted by orthogonality at 12:59 AM on August 25, 2006


I don't mind the white either, but if enough sissies people keep complaining, you could try sepia?
posted by Devils Slide at 1:04 AM on August 25, 2006


The logo says Ask JobsFilter for me. Is that deliberate?

('cause it's a little weird sounding...)
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 1:12 AM on August 25, 2006


Hmm, the first job is located 15 thousand miles away from me. I think I'll have to pass.

Matt, no point on Earth is more than 13,000 miles from any other. You might want to check your code.
posted by cillit bang at 1:16 AM on August 25, 2006 [1 favorite]


Nice. Especially the white, which is what I'd see anyway: plain text theme 4 eva.

Are there any plans for a section where people can offer themselves for hire? Er, not in a rude way - I suppose I mean skills.metafilter.com, really, a directory of freelance users.
posted by jack_mo at 2:13 AM on August 25, 2006


I also think that job details should only be available to logged-in users. I'm putting that job description here to prevent those other clueless nobs from reading it...
posted by Dunwitty at 2:24 AM on August 25, 2006


Matt, no point on Earth is more than 13,000 miles from any other. You might want to check your code.

As the crow flies, perhaps, but clearly he is taking into account road layout, flight corridors and shipping lanes.
posted by chrismear at 2:36 AM on August 25, 2006


Who's pb?
posted by klarck at 3:56 AM on August 25, 2006


this guy maybe?
posted by delmoi at 4:32 AM on August 25, 2006


Matt and pb were both on the team that launched Blogger (with Ev and Megnut and ?) back in the day before it all went big, if I'm not mistaken.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 4:59 AM on August 25, 2006


This is awesome, Matt. Another big hit. Thanks.
posted by Faint of Butt at 5:12 AM on August 25, 2006


How about this color scheme? But sorry for my earlier, pithy and unhelpful comment. You'd think I'd know from personal experience about nannering ninnys and their complaining about color schemes.
posted by crunchland at 5:24 AM on August 25, 2006


The feed needs an autodiscovery link.
posted by scottreynen at 5:54 AM on August 25, 2006


Ah, OK, I just saw the subsite in non-plaintext theme (so it's only plaintext that's multimixing the topleft logo thing I mentioned before).

That's pretty fuckin' ugly, brotha.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 6:08 AM on August 25, 2006


I guess this means from now on I should only insult people outside of the area I'm willing to commute to
posted by poppo at 6:08 AM on August 25, 2006


Excellent. I don't need it now, but what a nice feature.
posted by OmieWise at 6:12 AM on August 25, 2006


Wait, this doesn't have anything to do with Steve Jobs! And I was all excited about an Apple fanboy subsite.
posted by scottreynen at 6:14 AM on August 25, 2006


What do we call it? HireMe? JobMe?

COME ON PEOPLE THIS IS IMPORTANT STUFF HERE,
posted by mr_crash_davis at 6:19 AM on August 25, 2006


Feature Request: Allow the poster to mark a position as filled.
posted by monju_bosatsu at 6:31 AM on August 25, 2006


I love it! This is awesome, and it looks great too!
posted by lagreen at 6:32 AM on August 25, 2006


What perfect timing, I become unemployed today! Of course the first listing being "2,755 miles away" is a bit discouraging (albeit somewhat encapsulating of how I've been feeling in my job search already) but its a start!
posted by nelleish at 6:45 AM on August 25, 2006


using up more of my goodwill here, if I ever had any...

the white looks good. no-nonsense, professional, etc. (stark up against the rest of the family, though.) it's the gray menubar and sidebar that make it look a little funky. also, for me the post title is not obviously a link. it's a different color than the blue/blue links on the rest of the page. where'd the yellow links go? is this a deliberate step away from the rest of the sites' color schemes?
posted by carsonb at 6:47 AM on August 25, 2006


How about this color scheme?

Christ, crunch, have you been reading the swapmeet?

What do we call it? HireMe? JobMe?

HireFi, natch. And we'll rename the green to HuhFi, the grey to HeyFi, and the blue to HehFi.
posted by cortex at 6:52 AM on August 25, 2006


What do we call it? HireMe? JobMe?

PayMe. Mothafucka.

HireFi, natch.

Clumsy, ineuphonious. HiFi'd be better, if we leant that way, which I totally deny, I was drunk, and you haven't got any pictures to prove it.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 6:56 AM on August 25, 2006


Great. And... not to sound too spoiled and demanding, but could we possibly get a "services offered" subsection? I'd rather like to get some freelance editing work.
posted by orange swan at 6:57 AM on August 25, 2006


MetaFilter Jobs is a an area for sharing job openings among members of MetaFilter. If you're logged in, and you[r] latitude/longitude is stored in your profile, you'll also see how far away each job is from you.
posted by MrZero at 7:02 AM on August 25, 2006


Cool. I'm not sure if this is a bug or if it just hasn't been completed yet, but... The only page on which I see a link to Jobs on the top of the page is on the Jobs page.
posted by amro at 7:03 AM on August 25, 2006


Feature Request: Allow the poster to mark a position as filled.

That, or a date range during which applications will be accepted.
posted by grateful at 7:03 AM on August 25, 2006


HiFi'd be better

1. But that's already been endlessly proposed 2. for Music 3. which is notably absent from my list 4. which is the entire joke 5. you chickenheaded sumbitch!

posted by cortex at 7:05 AM on August 25, 2006


Alright, we're gonna have to step outside.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 7:07 AM on August 25, 2006


JobMe. Fo' sure.

(I'm hiring, but you have to be an Eastern Michigan University student to get the job... So... uh... should I post it under the assumption that I might not be the only one?)
posted by klangklangston at 7:08 AM on August 25, 2006


(shhhhhh, this is the thing where cortex actually steps outside, and I drink his drink and make googly eyes at his girl and pocket his smokes while he stands out there and wonders what the fuck...)
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 7:09 AM on August 25, 2006


klang, I'm an EMU student. You can e-mail me. But I'm already a grad assistant so it may knock me out...
posted by Roger Dodger at 7:12 AM on August 25, 2006


Take it to 'The Metafilter Jobs Site That Still Remains UnNicknamed', you two.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 7:15 AM on August 25, 2006


Strange.. I see the nice MeFi oval around the title for a moment.. then it disappears.. (using IE).

Cool so far though.
posted by twiggy at 7:17 AM on August 25, 2006


This is cool.

Obvious bug: The Search and Archive links currently point to AskMe.
posted by Sibrax at 7:18 AM on August 25, 2006


That's the first useful, uh, employment of the blink tag that I've ever seen, congrats MrZero!
posted by hugsnkisses at 7:19 AM on August 25, 2006


Er, actually I guess those are just placeholders. Nevermind.
posted by Sibrax at 7:21 AM on August 25, 2006


If I click on the 'web/HTML/info design category' and then click 'Older jobs' it goes up to page 10999999 [Displaying 549999901 through 3]
posted by tellurian at 7:30 AM on August 25, 2006


The white looks great. Clean, antiseptic, well-groomed, new shoes, ready to work. Something in a lab coat, maybe.
posted by mediareport at 7:33 AM on August 25, 2006


Man, now I'm gonna have to get a Job sockpuppet. Because I swear I'm nicer when I'm workin' for you.
posted by dame at 7:39 AM on August 25, 2006


So can we put that we're looking for stuff, too?
posted by boo_radley at 7:41 AM on August 25, 2006


*checks watch*

Christ, where is that pollo motherfucker? My drink is getting—

Oh. Oh, toad pockets!

posted by cortex at 7:46 AM on August 25, 2006 [1 favorite]


could we possibly get a "services offered" subsection? I'd rather like to get some freelance editing work.

Ditto.
posted by languagehat at 7:46 AM on August 25, 2006


This is awesome. And not just because it gives me a legitimate excuse to be on MeFi at work.

It would be a nice feature if jobs could post to more than one category.
posted by ThatSomething at 7:47 AM on August 25, 2006


Another vote for a "services offered" section.
posted by deborah at 7:52 AM on August 25, 2006


Hooray! Thanks for this.
posted by mkultra at 8:01 AM on August 25, 2006


Services Offered...
"Well endowed" 26yo Australian Male offering Private Massage. Clean, discrete. Weeknights from 8pm.
posted by Jimbob at 8:04 AM on August 25, 2006


The background should be parchment, y'know, like a resume.
posted by grateful at 8:07 AM on August 25, 2006


Feature Request: Allow the poster to mark a position as filled.

Already done. Only the person that posted the job gets to see it, but it looks nice and everything.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 8:10 AM on August 25, 2006


I don't want to offer a "hire me" section with resumes or anything, because that's more trouble than it is worth (there are thousands of resume sites that would suck yours up and spam you to death).

I'll keep contact details only showing for logged in users, so outsiders can't apply sorta.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 8:11 AM on August 25, 2006


I'll never qualify for any job listed there, but still, very very cool! Thanks!
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 8:14 AM on August 25, 2006


I wasn't thinking about posting actual resumes, because that's too much personal information to make public. I guess I was thinking of a one paragraph "I have X years experience in Y and am looking to do it on a full-time/freelance basis, contact me and we'll discuss details" sort of dealie.
posted by orange swan at 8:16 AM on August 25, 2006


...parchment, y'know, like a resume.

What're you, applying for jobs as a manuscript illuminator?
posted by dersins at 8:20 AM on August 25, 2006


Well, Roger, the job is posted, so no more derail here.
posted by klangklangston at 8:20 AM on August 25, 2006


Adding a tag to an existing post does not seem to work (on Firefox)- no error, just doesn't show up.
posted by mkultra at 8:24 AM on August 25, 2006


'The Purple' (#660099, or just #609) would rock.
posted by hangashore at 8:26 AM on August 25, 2006


Oh, and editing an existing job listing would be nice- I'd like the ability to tweak my req's if I'm not getting the right kind of resume.
posted by mkultra at 8:30 AM on August 25, 2006


jimbob: do you travel?
posted by boo_radley at 8:33 AM on August 25, 2006


Orange swan -- that sounds like a great idea -- something which says this is me and my experience with just enough detail to peak the employers interest.
posted by feelinglistless at 9:11 AM on August 25, 2006


I think a listing of members skills is kind of weird if there are no jobs for it. If you're an editor, why not just wait for an editor job to pop up? Or describe yourself on your user profile page?

I know there aren't many job listings at the moment, but be patient and I'm sure they'll pick up.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 9:20 AM on August 25, 2006


First Job Posted - 2,646 miles away
Second Job - 1,002 miles away
Third Job - 555 miles away
Fourth Job - 70 miles away

I'm waiting for the fifth job to be posted, as I assume it will be for a position in my living room.
posted by Lazlo Hollyfeld at 9:32 AM on August 25, 2006 [1 favorite]


Some people might prefer using a skills directory to placing an ad. Do you place an ad for an electrician or would you rather just look one up in the yellow pages?

Also serendipity plays a big part in what you decide to do sometimes. Ever gone through AskMe or a garage sale, and found that perfect info/idea/item you weren't looking for but found you wanted or could really make useful? This would apply more to unusual skills though....

It's not necessary, of course. I'm just thinking the idea has possibilities.
posted by orange swan at 9:39 AM on August 25, 2006 [1 favorite]


Matt and pb were both on the team that launched Blogger (with Ev and Megnut and ?)

And jack saturn. Poor jack, the forgotten beatle.
posted by justgary at 9:41 AM on August 25, 2006


Oh... this is perfect. Am so needing a new job it just isn't even funny any more.

Now I just need to wait for something I'm even remotely qualified for. Woot.

Thanks Matt.
posted by FlamingBore at 10:36 AM on August 25, 2006


Thanks, Matt!
posted by Iridic at 10:37 AM on August 25, 2006


"What do we call it?"

Ho'-Fi
posted by peacay at 10:37 AM on August 25, 2006


I have a Ho-Fi thing: would "Sugar Daddy wanted" be an ok post? : >
posted by amberglow at 10:40 AM on August 25, 2006


The "distance" thing is misleadings for jobs that can be done anywhere. Could there by an option on the postings form to indicate it can be done anywhere, which hides the distance thing.
posted by cillit bang at 11:16 AM on August 25, 2006


The distance thing actually does a call to the Yahoo Maps API, searching on whatever you put in the location field. I just tried Any/Remote is fine and that apparently matched something on the east coast of the US. I'll make sure there's a null possibility.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 11:18 AM on August 25, 2006


Thanks, Matt. This is incredibly timely for me and the Mr. Holy smokes, you've been doing fantastic things this year.
posted by melissa may at 11:18 AM on August 25, 2006


Maybe if a job location is listed as "Remote" it should cancel out the calculation of distance. (For example). Otherwise people might skim over it.
posted by MrZero at 11:19 AM on August 25, 2006


Beaten to the punch!
posted by MrZero at 11:20 AM on August 25, 2006


I really appreciate this. I've had nothing but McJobs forever and a day and am deeply tired of it. Perhaps this is a way out. . . Please great Me-Fi, make it so.
posted by mk1gti at 11:24 AM on August 25, 2006


The jobs link in the header only shows up on the jobs page itself (or is this because it's beta?)
posted by inigo2 at 11:27 AM on August 25, 2006


Hey, matt:

Error Occurred While Processing Request
Element NO_LOCATION is undefined in FORM.

Resources:

* Enable Robust Exception Information to provide greater detail about the source of errors. In the Administrator, click Debugging & Logging > Debugging Settings, and select the Robust Exception Information option.
* Check the ColdFusion documentation to verify that you are using the correct syntax.
* Search the Knowledge Base to find a solution to your problem.

Browser Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.8.0.6) Gecko/20060728 Firefox/1.5.0.6
Remote Address 128.177.200.33
Referrer http://jobs.metafilter.com/contribute/post_preview.cfm
Date/Time 25-Aug-06 11:32 AM
posted by scrump at 11:33 AM on August 25, 2006


I'll keep contact details only showing for logged in users, so outsiders can't apply sorta.

Good call. In fact, is there any benefit to having any of the details visible to non-members? Even if contact info isn't available, the details will often contain enough info to allow the employer to be determined. If the idea is to limit it to members, you might want to consider hiding the details pages as well.
posted by gsteff at 11:48 AM on August 25, 2006


hmmm, I am not sure it is calculating distance properly. I am across the country from you yet your job says it is only 216 miles away.

Nice addition to the site.
posted by caddis at 11:50 AM on August 25, 2006


And just in case its a bug, the only field that seems to be being hidden when you aren't logged in is "location."
posted by gsteff at 11:52 AM on August 25, 2006


A nice dull industrial tan for the background would be eye-soothing and "of course I am working" looking. Call it parchment, ecru, beige, café au lait or whatever.
posted by Cranberry at 12:10 PM on August 25, 2006


Nice feature, though I'm with OS and others that a services offered would be good. Again, not looking for a place to post a resume.

This would be useful for people who do jobs that people on MeFi wouldn't normally post a job listing for. For instance, have I mentioned I started a Catering business in Toronto?

Also, I'd much rather see the location on the front page than X miles away. I might be interested in moving to city Y for a good job, but without knowing the city I've got to click into each one to see it.
posted by dobbs at 12:56 PM on August 25, 2006


Wow, mefi with all the whitespace is really a striking layout. Who'd have guessed?
posted by shownomercy at 1:27 PM on August 25, 2006


the distance thing is fixed. If you select the telecommuting is ok option, it'll skip the location lookup.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 1:32 PM on August 25, 2006


Your job now gives no distance and anildash's which is in NYC is listed as being 2,578 miles away from me. I know that New Yorkers think of Jersey in those term, but ....
posted by caddis at 1:39 PM on August 25, 2006


From the new technical writing job post: I will read your posting history on MeFi if you contact me, and it will, for better or worse, form part of my impression of you as a candidate. Keep that in mind when applying.

Huh. That's a wrinkle to this whole JobsMe thing that I didn't anticipate. Guess I'll have to put my planned post of "the 500 Reasons Why Tech Industry Employers are Worse than Nazis" on ice for awhile.
posted by Iridic at 1:41 PM on August 25, 2006


And, of course, check my projects for a tool to organize that job search ;-)

Seriously, looks interesting, I hope it expands enough that all the jobs listed aren't >800 miles away from me.
posted by Kickstart70 at 1:43 PM on August 25, 2006


Kickstart70, is there any way I can do a "add this to myjobtips" link on posts?
posted by mathowie (staff) at 1:45 PM on August 25, 2006


Question: If I am looking for someone to team up with on a technical, maybe fun, maybe make some money off the ads, website project....is this an acceptable place to post it?
posted by Kickstart70 at 1:45 PM on August 25, 2006


mathowie: Yeah...sorta.

We've gotten rid of the aspects of the site that are too much like a job board and focused on the 'organization tool' side. You could use the code for our bookmarklet to do this, but what that will do is add the job to that person's job list, and not to a general pool available to the public. Of course, this means that they'd be presented with a "register with myjobtips" page if they use the link you suggest.
posted by Kickstart70 at 1:48 PM on August 25, 2006


Bookmarklet/browser button page is here. Click on one of the links appropriate to your browser to see what I mean.
posted by Kickstart70 at 1:50 PM on August 25, 2006

Huh. That's a wrinkle to this whole JobsMe thing that I didn't anticipate.
It'll be interesting to see how the "i dunt have 2 expres myself acording to ur outmoded conventions, lol" crowd reacts to this. I imagine there will also be some cries of "discrimination", as well.

To which I say: if you don't want your MeFi writings to have real consequences, don't apply for jobs on MeJobs.

I will point out that there's a particular validity to this practice in my case, as we're hiring a writer. Someone who writes well-crafted posts/comments will be a more attractive candidate than someone who doesn't, and them's the breaks.

The secondary aspect, of course, is that someone who takes a clear delight in being a dick on MeFi will probably be immediately eliminated from consideration.

I have no illusions that the creation of MeJobs will hasten civility on the Blue, but I know it'd keep me from being an asshole if I thought I might use it to look for work.
posted by scrump at 2:36 PM on August 25, 2006


I'm worried that potential employers who post to JoFi will automatically disqualify me as the sort of person who occasionally browses and posts comments to MeFi during normal business hours....
posted by eustacescrubb at 3:00 PM on August 25, 2006


Tee hee!
posted by UKnowForKids at 3:51 PM on August 25, 2006


"The secondary aspect, of course, is that someone who takes a clear delight in being a dick on MeFi will probably be immediately eliminated from consideration."

Well, thank God I'm also incredibly unqualified.
posted by klangklangston at 4:58 PM on August 25, 2006


So if I want to hire someone to, by e-mail, design a logo for me, can I post that too?
posted by IndigoRain at 5:08 PM on August 25, 2006


sure, sounds like a small contract job, IndigoRain
posted by mathowie (staff) at 5:21 PM on August 25, 2006


"WorkMe"....baby.

Srsly, mad site-owner props to mathowie for continuing to add cool stuff like this, and gratis, no less. Dinna he just mention how if had 10 or so really good things he could see doing pro subscriptions? You're good to all your little Meta 'uns, Matt. I hope the occasional, random Paypal comes your way.
posted by ersatzkat at 5:52 PM on August 25, 2006


Matt, are you waiting for it to be tested before you add Jobs to the topbar in the other sections or you just forgot?

Also, the white burns. For some reason (perhaps thin gray lettering) it burns much more than the other white sites (this comes from someone who spends a lot of time in gmail). It burnt so much that I waited 30 seconds thinking the CSS was loading before noticing it was intentional.

IndigoRain: IANAL, but, from what I've seen in cases like that, technically (specially if it's going to be on the books) you can't hire someone outside your home country to make you a logo, unless (1) they are legal to work for you in your country, which means, for the US, at least non-H1-B work permit or (2) they have an incorporated company that can export it to you (and are not in Cuba, NK, Sudan, etc). This is usually implied in a local jobs site (like monster, yahoo), but it's easy to forget in a site with an international crowd.
posted by qvantamon at 5:56 PM on August 25, 2006


Oh, and for me it's JobMe
posted by qvantamon at 5:56 PM on August 25, 2006


This is awesome! Thanks for implementing this, Matt.
Caddis, thanks for driving me nuts. I've spent a good 5 minutes thinking "Weird - it says NYC is 2600 miles further away from me than I thought." Until I read the job description.
Just didn't want anyone else to fall for your trick.
posted by Iamtherealme at 6:10 PM on August 25, 2006


Sorry, my bad.
posted by caddis at 6:36 PM on August 25, 2006


I don't know if you're still reading mathowie, but what about volunteering gigs? I am not in a position to hire people at my job, but I know we will be looking for volunteers/interns soon.

Also, what about posting jobs on behalf of someone else/opportunities forwarded to you? Is that in bad form?

(actually, how bout this - I will post nothing on WorkMe, but if you live in toronto and want to volunteer for/hear about entertainment industry jobs, email's in profile)
posted by SassHat at 8:57 PM on August 25, 2006


Great stuff, Matt. Thanks for doing this.
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 9:00 PM on August 25, 2006


I think volunteer is a job category on the posting page. Try and see.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 11:00 PM on August 25, 2006


Maybe add "teamup" or similar to that list as well, for seeking partners in initially-nonpaying projects?
posted by Kickstart70 at 11:07 PM on August 25, 2006


volunteer sounds more like a real word.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 11:10 PM on August 25, 2006


MeJobs.
posted by Effigy2000 at 12:00 AM on August 26, 2006


Typo at the top of the page:

"If you're logged in, and you latitude/longitude is stored in your profile"
posted by nthdegx at 5:06 AM on August 26, 2006


Thank you mathowie, this is exactly what I need.
posted by Meatbomb at 6:14 AM on August 26, 2006


This is great. The company I work for is looking for video logger/transcribers, so I'll ask my co-workers for a job description and post that. Also I second the "services offered" idea. I work part-time, and I'd love to flesh out my schedule with freelance work. Not that my career situation should determine MeFi policy, but I have a feeling that that feature would be of use to a lot of us.
posted by brundlefly at 6:57 AM on August 26, 2006


So... when does MifiSingles go online?
(Second the purple motion, btw.)
posted by DenOfSizer at 8:12 AM on August 26, 2006


mathowie, this is excellent - great work, thanks. This will be very useful to a lot of people.

I echo the request for "services offered." Perhaps it could be very simple - a one-line listing with the person's name and a few words about the skill - eg, writing, editing; for anything more, you would have to go to the users page. But a directory would be useful to scan.

Because if there is someone here that I have come to respect that is freelancing, I might actively try to find a project to work with them on. I'm a freelancer myself - I sometimes pass on projects that I don't have the skill set for. If I knew there was someone here that I could tap into, I might either try to collaborate or pass the lead along. A simple listing so that I knew whose user page to go to for more info would do the trick. Just a thought ...
posted by madamjujujive at 9:02 AM on August 26, 2006


Congratulations!
posted by Nelson at 11:29 AM on August 26, 2006


Fantastic. I believe my company is going to ask me to hire a couple of new people in the not-too-distant future. It makes me happy to know that I might be able to give those jobs to some deserving MeFite.
posted by quin at 11:41 AM on August 26, 2006


I just wanted to follow up on my earlier comment, since this still hasn't been fixed. The top of the page reads:

"MetaFilter Jobs is a an area" and "If you're logged in, and you latitude/longitude is stored"

This should be:

"MetaFilter Jobs is an area" and "If you're logged in, and your latitude/longitude is stored"

I hate to be nitpicky about it. Sorry.
posted by MrZero at 3:11 PM on August 26, 2006


How did it take me two days to realize there was a new section?!
posted by TwelveTwo at 6:18 PM on August 26, 2006


Marked as favorite link takes you to ask, and the link on the page to go back keeps you in ask. For example:
# user marked this as a favorite on http://jobs.metafilter.com/mefi/15
takes you to http://ask.metafilter.com/favorited/15 and the Return to post link takes you to http://ask.metafilter.com/mefi/15.
Just a little bug.
posted by sailormouth at 6:48 PM on August 26, 2006


Any chance of an RSS feed by category rather than by tag?

I don't care for ponies, I prefer alpaca llamas myself.
posted by randomination at 5:09 AM on August 27, 2006


There's no link to MetaJobs in the top nav bar in MetaMusic.
posted by takeyourmedicine at 3:54 PM on August 27, 2006


A small thing: in Safari, the Jobs link at the bottom is a bit whacked (right-aligned, with the RSS dropped down next to MetaTalk).
posted by moira at 4:52 PM on August 27, 2006


A small thing: in Safari, the Jobs link at the bottom is a bit whacked (right-aligned, with the RSS dropped down next to MetaTalk).

I think it's because there's enough space for "Music" and "Jobs" to be on the same line. Looking at the code, you can just skip over floating the <dt> and just use display: inline.
posted by cillit bang at 6:23 PM on August 27, 2006


Not that six posts is any indication, but if there's anything I've learnt so far, it is that I'll have to pick up AJAX asap, that posting something up on at MeFi projects might help, and oh... that I should get a sock-puppet account for times when I'm reaaallly pissed off.

Seriously :-D, interesting section; kudos for having it up. While I doubt I'll find any openings from South East Asia, for example, I'm hoping it'll be a great way to follow trends on the international job market.
posted by the cydonian at 7:30 PM on August 27, 2006


I'll be interested to see how many postings there are. There were a bunch in Music when that opened up, but it's slowed down to a trickle since; I bet this will go the other way.
posted by danb at 7:47 PM on August 27, 2006


OMFG

NO FAVICON YET

WHAT
THE
FUCK
MATT?!
posted by cortex at 8:26 PM on August 27, 2006 [1 favorite]


Matt: there are several openings at my workplace in different departments, and so I've just now tried to post two listings back to back -- but while the first one (for 2 graphic designers) shows up just fine, I can't get the second one (for a grant writer) to show up after I click on "post." Pourquoi?
posted by scody at 9:19 PM on August 28, 2006


Can you add the location and/or distance to the RSS feed, preferably in the title?
posted by cillit bang at 1:10 AM on August 29, 2006


Also stuff to come: filter the front page to within 50 miles of you

What would be more useful for me is to be able to sort the postings in order of distance, nearest first, instead of by date.

Anyway, thanks for this.
posted by winston at 7:11 PM on August 29, 2006


Outstanding
posted by Smedleyman at 5:57 PM on September 1, 2006


Did this come up yet: Anon job posting?

It would be nice. Especially for those of us who might know of a job opening in our place of work (especially where we're not in on the hiring) and we'd like to keep a bit more separation between mefi and work.
posted by safetyfork at 10:11 AM on September 8, 2006


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