Friday, September 7, 2012

Update on New JFP

In comments, anon 9:19 points out that the APA has provided more information about the forthcoming relaunch of the JFP, here. There are some nice-looking screenshots. It looks like job listings will be color-coded according to type, and ads will include a google map of the location of the school. And I kind of like the "JFP" logo.

According to the update, the new JFP will also include the following features:



  • Post their resume/CV. Employers with active listings will have the ability to browse resumes and contact job seekers directly.
  • Search by keyword or filter by rank, AOS/AOC, location, and duration.
  • Save active job listings and return to them later.
  • Choose to receive an email notification when new jobs are posted.



I think it looks pretty good. One thing I wonder about is, will it be easier than before to export the data from the job ads into a spreadsheet, so I can do a mail-merge without having to enter it all by hand? That would be nice. Not that I'm complaining.

--Mr. Zero

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

anon 9:19 here. I noticed the other day that you can download a word, excel, of pdf version of adds from the current online JFP (as well as search it). Maybe you had something more in mind, but I already think this is pretty good.

Anonymous said...

I just want to point out the up-till-now-unheard-of pairing of these two tags on a PhilSmoker post: "APA" and "Awesomeness."

Anonymous said...

Jobs for Philosophers is so user friendly, they should call it 'Steve for Philosophers'.

Anonymous said...

I hate to be a downer, but I am beginning to suspect this focus on the new found APA wonderfulness is really just a way to distract us from the inevitable blood-bath to come. Let's return to reality, shall we?

YFNA

CTS said...

@11:28:

Who would be trying to cause this distraction? APA has been roundly, and correctly, criticized for a terrible website and poor services. Now, they seem to be making a real effort to improve. It is not as though the APA can make more jobs available so as to prevent a 'bloodbath.'

Anonymous said...

Not the APA fool. This blog!

YFNA

Mr. Zero said...

Why would we want to do that?

Anonymous said...

CTS - I am curious, was 11:28's comment the first time you have ever been exposed to humor?

Anonymous said...

11:28 was supposed to be humorous?

Xenophon said...

If they're planning to launch it October 1, I hope that when they say "still under development," they mean, "currently being beta tested." My worry from what they do say is that they're worrying too much about the appearance and features, and not enough about the database design or the ability of their servers to handle traffic. Time will tell, of course, and I'm hoping for the best, but aesthetics can always be improved incrementally, but if the site crashes or data get lost or departments can't upload jobs, nobody's going to be in the least sympathetic. At this point they've got zero margin for error, and I hope they know that.

Anonymous said...

Zero, I couldn't agree more. Totally over-rated, but a necessary evil.

CTS: Chill, take a pill!

YFNA

Anonymous said...

Can we change the subject to something a bit more interesting: has Leiter completely lost it with ranking things or is it just me? What's next, I wonder.

YFNA

Anonymous said...

Leiter's reputation/notoriety in philosophy is entirely based upon meaningless rankings. So I have no doubt that he will continue conducting silly polls.

Anonymous said...

Can we do a poll in which we rank the various polls that Leiter has conducted?

Anonymous said...

Oh no! You idiots said his name three times. May he now appear in all of your offices to rank YOU among all philosophers in the profession.

Anonymous said...

I think you guys are being far too hard on Leiter.

His blog needs new content every day UNLIKE this blog.

Having polls (that are clearly for entertainment) is philosophically interesting. I for one find them fun, and they often get me thinking about the profession in a way that I normally wouldn't.

And besides the poll he has really been a force for a lot of good things in the profession that are good for graduate students. He was the driving force behind the placement pages on department pages.

Overall, the profession is better for having people like Leiter in it.

Anonymous said...

Is there any indication that departments are actually waiting to post in the new JFP and not advertising already in the 194W? Seems like all the jobs are just going to trickle in before October anyway (we're already at 118ish, not all that far off from the total last year).

Anonymous said...

Hear, hear 7:56! Leiter bashing has become de rigeur, but you're right, he's done a lot of good.

6:47 said...

I can't speak for others, but I'm willing to admit that the Rankings guy has done lots for philosophy. This is a very good thing, and I'm thankful for many of the things he's done. But he has done some bad things for the profession as well.