After a lot of hard work we finally deployed JobTitled v1.2. As part of this release we included multiple user-requested changes, cleanups and general improvements. Not to mention a big part of this release is we quietly launched JobTitled Pro which is currently for use by invitation only. More on that later. If you have some interest in it just contact us.
On various occasions we had requests by users to have direct links to actual job openings. We are not a job board, nor are we trying to be, so in order to accomplish this we decided to become an Indeed Publisher. Becoming a publisher allows us to give you relevant job openings in your area and can be viewed on the right side of the job title detail pages. As always, your feedback is welcome.
Last Wednesday I had my chance (thanks to Sanjay) to present at StartupRiot 2010. This is the biggest startup event in Atlanta, possibly the Southeast, and had over 400 attendees this year. 50 startups each get 3 minutes and 4 slides to present. Afterwards everyone has the chance to hangout, demo their products and meet people. The event was a blast and I am so glad I went. I enjoyed meeting everyone and it’s great to see there is quite a vibrant startup community in Atlanta. If you have a chance to go to next year you really should. You can already sign up to get your name on the mailing list here.
JobTitled has been named a top 10 Career Exploration Tool in the Department of Labor’s Job Tool Challenge! Thank you to everyone who voted.
The goal of the Department of Labor’s Job Tool Challenge is to create awareness of the great job search tools that are available to job seekers. In a tough economy with over 20 million job seekers finding a job is not a piece of cake, but with the right tools job search can turn into something that is encouraging and even fun.
The Department of Labor’s challenge was open for two weeks of voting in January and attracted over 16,000 registered users who cast 30,000 votes on the 634 submitted job search tools. The winners are posted on CareerOneStop.org under six categories: General Job Boards, Niche Job Boards, Career Planning Tools, Career Exploration Tools, Social Media Job Search and Other Tools. JobTitled was a winner in the Career Exploration Tools category. Thank you again to everyone who voted for us.
U.S. News & World Report ranked the top 50 careers for 2010. Below is JobTitled links to the top careers in each category.
Science and Technology
Education and Civic
Business and Finance
Creative and Service
This explains their methodology for creating the list:
For this year’s list, U.S. News examined the Labor Department’s brand-new job growth projections for 2008 to 2018. We looked for occupations that will add jobs at an above-average rate over the next decade or so and those that provide an above-average median income. We analyzed the data for jobs with enough bulk to make them worth mentioning. Since not everyone wants to be a nurse or an engineer, we looked for occupations in a broad range of categories. And since not everyone can go back to school for a doctorate, we included a broad range of educational requirements. We also considered, where possible, data on job satisfaction, turnover, and impending retirements,which crank up openings in jobs that may have only slightly above-average employment growth.
We have just added salary information links for each and every job title on JobTitled. The resulting salary charts show the low, typical and high averages for salary for that position on a national level in US dollars. From there you can input the years of experience and location to get more detailed compensation information. The salary data is courtesy of PayScale.com.
After a lot of hard work, we have just finished the launch of JobTitled 1.1. This release is exciting in that we focused heavily on what makes JobTitled so useful: data. We have tripled the amount of source data and improved our algorithms resulting in much improved statistical accuracy and greater breadth of coverage. In addition to the beefed up data, 1.1 brings with it the following new features:
- Industry stats - cross-reference between job titles and industries
- Time in job quartiles - 25th, 50th (median) and 75th percentile time in position
- Context-sensitive help and column headers - to help make sense of it all
- Job Title levels - creates relationships between levels (junior, senior, etc.) and improves data and wiki descriptions
- Visualizing job compare - improved usability of job compare
- User-submitted Job Title merge - allows users to submit equivalent job titles to be joined
More feature details in posts to come… enjoy!
JobTitled has just joined the Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC), a startup accelerator program launched by Georgia Tech. Hopefully this decision will help us get more involved in Atlanta’s startup community as well as provide increased exposure for our technology. Here’s the short “about” for ATDC:
The Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC) is a start-up accelerator that helps Georgia technology entrepreneurs launch and build successful companies. Founded in 1980, ATDC has helped create millions of dollars in tax revenues by graduating more than 120 companies, which together have raised more than a billion dollars in outside financing. ATDC has provided business incubation and acceleration services to hundreds of Georgia startups—most of which are not based on Georgia Tech research, but which benefit from the close proximity to the university.
If you have used JobTitled but you haven’t tried the Career Trajectory feature yet, maybe now you should. Career Trajectory works by analyzing your work and education history in order to make predictions about where you will land next. It is built upon the same statistics model as the rest of JobTitled and is useful as a starting point when thinking about your career path.
In order to try Career Trajectory you start by creating a free JobTitled account and then simply input your work history. Visit the Career Trajectory page to see an example of the feature in action.
We have created a Facebook page for JobTitled and now we have just been approved for a custom username which means a custom URL (http://facebook.com/jobtitled) Become a fan now!
Facebook is one more way to keep in contact with us. Here are other ways:
We welcome new ideas and feedback as we continuously strive to improve the site. We also welcome questions from those needing help when using our data to help make their own career decisions.
What are we working on now? Data. We in the midst of a making some nice upgrades in terms of the accuracy and breadth of our data. More data and algorithm improvements. Can’t get into too many details just yet but I will say that crunching is occuring as I type. Stay tuned. I am very serious when I say that JobTitled’s work will never be done. Mapping people’s paths through the working world is challenging and also a never-ending process. The good news for you is that you get to take advantage of the fruits of this labor for free.
In the meantime, please share ideas for how we can improve on our forum and also find out other ways that you can help. We are trying to do something great but we also need your help to make it happen.