Our Job Board Software In 2018
In the first post in 2018 i wanted to wish you a happy new year, i hope 2017 was great for you and 2018 will be even better!
The beginning of the year is a perfect time to reflect on what we did in the past year and what we are planning for this year. According to self-help guides, writing down and making your new years’ resolutions public increases the chances of keeping them.
What are we up to in 2018?
Each year, since 2009 we are doing around 8 – 10 releases. This includes two major releases with a lot of new functionality. We are planning to do the same this year. In the WPJB core you can expect following features this year:
Customizer – It will allow customizing how the job, resume and company details page looks like using the visual editor. This will include selecting icon, label and display type for the custom fields. For example, if you will be providing a YouTube video URL in the custom field then you will be able to render this field as an embedded video instead of a link.
This one feature will make it much easier to customize the job board to your and your clients’ needs. I am very excited about this and it will be coming soon.
ZipRecruiter Integration – This is often requested feature and we will be adding it soon as well. This will basically work the same as the Indeed Integration. The reason why users want this feature is because Indeed decided, for the most part, to abandon the APIs or at least make them inaccessible to small site owners.
Resume Memberships – Right now WPJB allows to charge Employers only. We want to allow charging candidates as well. We do not have an exact plan yet, but most likely it will be possible to charge one-time or recurring membership for having the resume visible or featured.
Custom Fields Rewrite – The current Custom Fields editor in WPJB is few years old and needs an update. The main feature we are planning is the ability to create multiple form schemes. The example use case is a recruitment company which has a different job application form for each job type or even for each job.
Additionally, each field will have more configuration options. This is a huge update and it will be available by the end of the year if we will manage to have it finished.
Job Applications Update – This is another update for users who own recruitment websites and need better applicant tracking system. We want to allow the administrator to manage job application statuses from wp-admin panel. Each company will be able to set preferred job application vetting process without custom programming.
We will be also adding job applications logs. Each user managing applications from the wp-admin panel will know when application status was changed and by whom, which email message was sent to the candidate, and the users will be able to add comments to the applications.
Google Maps – Google Maps integration is another one which needs a huge makeover. It will integrate with [wpjb_jobs_list] shortcode to allow searching for jobs on the list and map at the same time.
This year we also want to release a couple of extensions. These are things you might or might not need.
Google Analytics – This integration will allow displaying a number of page views on the Job Details pages. It will also show a chart when editing the job from wp-admin or Employer panel.
WooCommerce Integration – We want to finally release the integration with WC. This will allow you to accept payments for job postings using any WC compatible payment method.
Jobs 2 Careers Integration – This is yet another integration similar to Indeed. Since the backfilling APIs are being deprecated we want to make sure everyone will be able to backfill his job board using some different system.
BroadBean 2.0 – We already have integration with BroadBean available but we want to release a new version which will allow to visually generate XML which will be submitted to BroadBean, this shortens the time required to integrate with Indeed.
Application Methods 2.0 – The Application Methods add-on is also already available. We are planning to release a version with a major under-the-hood update.
Sliced Invoices Integration – Currently users who pay for a job posting or membership receive only an email informing them about payment. The integration with amazing Sliced Invoices plugin will allow to automatically generate an invoice when the order is paid.
As you can see there are about 12 major updates. Some will be available in the WPJB core some will be added as extensions. We are aiming to have all 12 points finished (plus some other not listed here). Some of the projects are huge (like the Custom Fields editor) and i cannot tell we if we will be able to finish them for sure.
I hope you like this list and you are as much excited about new features as we are.
One final note, while some of the functions are partially ready or we are working on them others are just an idea right now, therefore they do not have any priority assigned. If you would like to see some feature soon feel free to “vote” for it by posting a comment.