The folks over at Fairfax/MyCareer have been busy little bees in the last few months, Seth Yates being just one. They have built a very nice site called “The Big Chair“, designed for $100K+ roles across all industries. (I’m sure if I subscribed to ShortList I would have seen it earlier)
This is not your ordinary job board, at least not in Australia, for the press release on April 12:
Fairfax Media CEO, Mr David Kirk, said, “The Big Chair exclusively serves this premium market, and will capture the interest of Australia’s senior talent. The website leverages the outstanding strengths of The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, and is a new avenue of growth for Fairfax Digital” Mr Kirk said.
This is before you add in the upgraded UI making things almost Web 2.0’ish. After you choose your industry the screen is divided into 3 major sections, search refinement, job listing and job display. A single screen no more page refreshes, nice.
A slider is used to refine your search criteria, adjust the slider and the listing of jobs dynamically updates.
See a job you like, click a job and the job displays in the area below, no page refresh.
The application process is a little different as well, it is an “Expression of Interest” with an optional CV as a starting point. While this may not site well with “in house” recruiters, I can see agencies warming to the idea of an exploratory chat before anything too serious.
They have also brought together other luxury items from the Fairfax stable to provide an executive play ground:-
- Executive News
- Movers & Shakers, although this is a bit gossipie for my likeing
There are a few UI things that would make the site even better. There is lots of space wasted at the top of the screen. A smaller header logo for starters as you loose about 3 cms just there. It would also be nice to have the job listing collapse for more screen real estate for viewing the job and the open back up on mouse hover.
All in all a great addition to the online job space in Australia.