How much use does MeFi Jobs get? October 10, 2011 4:19 PM   Subscribe

How much use does MeFi Jobs get?

I just posted a job to the "Jobs" site because, well, why not try one more place? But what I'm wondering, especially with the low volume of posts there, is how much traffic that part of the site gets. Does anyone have any numbers? Anecdotes based on how many resumes you got after posting something there?
posted by tylerkaraszewski to MetaFilter-Related at 4:19 PM (45 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

If I could answer that question with a pony request: Jobs should really have notifications a la IRL.

I don't look at jobs, because I'm in a Mefi backwater. Notifications would make the subsite much more useful for those of us who aren't web developers on a US coast.
posted by pompomtom at 4:24 PM on October 10, 2011 [12 favorites]


I've posted to it here in Seattle, has people go through too interview too - as far as I know no hires though, but close.
posted by Artw at 4:26 PM on October 10, 2011


Holy crow that's a cherry job right there. Taking telecommuters?
posted by carsonb at 4:33 PM on October 10, 2011


Nthing the jobs notification, that's a great idea. If there isn't too much to do elsewhere on the site.

I have seen almost no jobs near me, but if one ever was near me, I'd like to hear about it.
posted by mccarty.tim at 4:35 PM on October 10, 2011 [2 favorites]


Jobs is the least visited subsite, unless you count the Podcast page as a subsite. According to Google Analytics, Jobs had 4,491 visits between Sep 9 and Oct 9. And there were 8,144 pageviews. Our internal stats say that 684 members visited in the last seven days, and 2,641 members visited in the last 30 days.

For comparison without giving away too many details, in the last 30 days Ask had many millions of visits, MeFi had millions of visits, MetaTalk had a couple hundred thousand visits, and Music, Projects, and IRL were all in the tens of thousands. Here's how Google Analytics defines visits and pageviews. I was looking at visits not unique visitors.
posted by pb (staff) at 4:37 PM on October 10, 2011 [1 favorite]


That number is small enough, compared to the other subsite numbers, that I have to wonder if they were people who were aiming to click on one of the other subsites and missed.
posted by madcaptenor at 4:49 PM on October 10, 2011


I posted a job to Reddit and here. Got a bunch of applicants via Reddit, but none from MetaFilter.
posted by grouse at 4:50 PM on October 10, 2011


On the other hand, when I posted my availability there for doing web work a few months back -- predictably, just before I got buried under a horrifying onslaught of Day Job Work -- I got three inquiries to do paid design stuff, which was very gratifying, even though I ended up declining the offers.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 4:57 PM on October 10, 2011


I posted a job for an ios developer with no geographic requirement. I got no love. So I'm guessing people just don't really visit it...not useful.
posted by hal_c_on at 5:05 PM on October 10, 2011


I've gotten 2-3 responses for the jobs I've posted (but I think one of them was mentioned on the podcast once, so...).

I, too, would welcome opt-in notifications.
posted by ocherdraco at 5:14 PM on October 10, 2011


I read the jobs. I took a short term one posted a few months ago. It was actually quite a bit of fun.
posted by sciencegeek at 5:37 PM on October 10, 2011


I read the jobs pretty regularly, but the couple of times I've posted something, I haven't gotten any applicants.
posted by klangklangston at 5:43 PM on October 10, 2011


I would love notifications, too. Since there aren't a ton of jobs posted, I tend to check only rarely... and I sometimes end up missing something really cool.
posted by Metroid Baby at 5:48 PM on October 10, 2011


As an anecdote for the other direction (i.e. MeFites available for work), my posting there hasn't produced any inquiries in a year and a bit, but admittedly it's a relatively niche service, and I doubt many MeFites would think to look there for it.
posted by jedicus at 5:56 PM on October 10, 2011


I responded to a job posting recently and never got a response.
posted by who squared at 6:26 PM on October 10, 2011


Jobs isn't even listed in the navigation on the mobile site (safari, iOS), which is where I tend to do most of my MeFi'ing lately.
posted by cocoagirl at 6:26 PM on October 10, 2011 [1 favorite]


I replied to a posting and got an interview for a web developer gig in Philadelphia, but didn't get any farther. It was okay, but they're never getting another favorite from me.

just kidding

sort of
posted by yaymukund at 6:47 PM on October 10, 2011


Has anybody posted any jobs paying six figures to be a smart ass in the Seattle area? No? Anyone?
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 6:50 PM on October 10, 2011 [1 favorite]


The low two figures, maybe? I can lay the figures end-to-end like the human centipede. SAIT
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 6:59 PM on October 10, 2011


I've posted around 10 jobs, I think, and filled every one. Most of them were web stuffs and a number were one-off "errand" jobs.

I was always happy with the responses. Almost all web jobs I posted got multiple applicants.
posted by dobbs at 7:06 PM on October 10, 2011


Jobs notifications for interest areas or tags would be useful in addition to location.
posted by Think_Long at 7:07 PM on October 10, 2011 [1 favorite]


I posted a job to Reddit and here. Got a bunch of applicants via Reddit, but none from MetaFilter.

Is the job description 'goofing off on the internet all day'?
posted by empath at 7:17 PM on October 10, 2011 [2 favorites]


I've posted 3 or 4 jobs for my boss, and we had a couple good applicants, but none that he ended up hiring. He had postings going in other places as well, and it was just the luck of the draw.
posted by Devils Rancher at 7:17 PM on October 10, 2011


I've posted and hired from jobs. Has worked really well, from my POV
posted by jivadravya at 7:43 PM on October 10, 2011


I posted one job and got one, not particularly relevant, response.
posted by unSane at 7:51 PM on October 10, 2011


Holy crow that's a cherry job right there. Taking telecommuters?

I know, right? You'd think someone would want a job like that, but so far we've offered it to three different people who've turned it down. Probably no full-time telecommuting, though. We have pretty flexible hours (I normally work from home tues/thurs), but this person would have to be in the office at least sometimes.
posted by tylerkaraszewski at 7:51 PM on October 10, 2011


I'm curious to see how the usage statistics change after this post.
posted by kthxbi at 8:13 PM on October 10, 2011


I've posted to jobs once for a position advertised elsewhere as well. I got one response via the jobs post, but that's the person I hired. I've moved on and they've replaced me in my old position.
posted by ursus_comiter at 10:57 PM on October 10, 2011


I posted a job at the end of August and contacted the side barred people; who for various reasons, declined or semi declined (busy at the time). This one off project is still up for grabs. Location "Anywhere on Planet Earth". Come on peoples, Christmas is coming and I'm sure someone wants some cash.
posted by adamvasco at 12:46 AM on October 11, 2011


Jobs notifications for interest areas or tags would be useful in addition to location.

A billion Nthes to you! Even if I'm not geographically appropriate, I certainly would love to see jobs that match my sectors, and in some cases I may be able to make referrals/recommendations.

And yes please, geographical notifications. I would love to give mefi jobs more love, but here in Australia, there's very little cause.
posted by smoke at 2:09 AM on October 11, 2011


I was hired from Jobs, years ago.

When I posted to Jobs last year, I noticed that none of the applicants I got were actually MeFi members.
posted by CRM114 at 2:30 AM on October 11, 2011


How many were MeFi members unwilling to spill their user name?
posted by bleep at 2:50 AM on October 11, 2011


MetaTalk had a couple hundred thousand visits

C'mon, I know I look at MetaTalk a lot, but surely not a couple of hundred thousand times a month?!?
posted by OmieWise at 5:18 AM on October 11, 2011


I look at the jobs site regularly, but I'm not in the market for a tech job, so the vast majority of the postings aren't really relevant to me. Which makes me wonder--how many MeFites are tech folks? A lot, I am sure, but I bet we have a ton of variety, which probably doesn't make for a great jobs site.
posted by monju_bosatsu at 6:30 AM on October 11, 2011


I've posted jobs a few times and have always gotten responses, although it's never the only site I'd post to.

At my last job, we found the world's best freelance proofreader/copy editor/copywriter through MetaFilter, but it was a marketing job in tech, so I'd imagine this is our sweet spot.

This place, however, made my HR's head blow up. Apparently, if it's not Dice, LinkedIn or Monster, it's confusing.
posted by Gucky at 7:01 AM on October 11, 2011


The fact that anyone would prefer looking for a job through Monster to, I don't know, selling themselves limb-by-limb to the dog food factory is shocking.
posted by griphus at 7:03 AM on October 11, 2011 [3 favorites]


+1 for geographic notifications.
posted by schmod at 7:21 AM on October 11, 2011


This is an outrage.
posted by dougrayrankin at 5:36 PM on October 11, 2011


Well, there's no jobs in my field, or within 300 miles of where I live. (And unfortunately that statement doesn't only apply to MeFi Jobs. Sigh.)
posted by Green Eyed Monster at 6:08 AM on October 12, 2011 [1 favorite]


I posted a job a while ago and got 3 responses
posted by rmless at 8:53 AM on October 12, 2011


Oh, oh, this reminds me of something I've been meaning to ask for a while: Would it be possible to add Jobs to the mobile menu? I do swing by there every so often to see what's been posted, but since I've started browsing the site more on my phone, I've missed having that in the menu.
posted by limeonaire at 5:22 PM on October 14, 2011


Sure, just added it to the mobile menu.
posted by pb (staff) at 6:32 PM on October 14, 2011 [1 favorite]


Woohoo! Thanks, pb!
posted by limeonaire at 6:41 PM on October 14, 2011


How much of an uptick in page views resulted from this post?
posted by sciencegeek at 7:12 AM on October 18, 2011


Here's the bump, and now it's leveling off again.
posted by pb (staff) at 9:47 AM on October 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


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