[microformats-discuss] Help wanted ad microformat

Scott Reynen scott at randomchaos.com
Sun Oct 16 10:23:30 PDT 2005

Job search engines are increasingly pulling help wanted ads from  
other sources.  See, for example, indeed.com, rssjobs.com,  
jobcentral.com, and (my own) disemployed.com.  However, this data is  
unformatted, so each individual search engine must either figure out  
that $12-15k is a salary range and FT means 'Full Time,' or not make  
use of that data.  I think a microformat would allow help wanted ads  
to be more searchable and as job search engines move into providing  
feeds of help wanted ads, such a format could allow desktop  
applications to make better use of the job descriptions.

Some previous work in this direction happened at leaprss.org, however  
this is not in actual use anywhere as far as I know, and it's a  
metadata format specifically for RSS.  I know indeed.com was working  
on some sort of format, but they haven't released anything publicly yet.

Having described the problem, I understand the next step towards a  
microformat to be collecting samples of existing data.  There is a  
lot of existing data out there, and I'd be happy to start collecting  
it, but for that I need a wiki account and I'm not clear on how to  
get one.  So I guess I have two questions: 1) how do I get a wiki  
account, and 2) does anyone have any thoughts on a microformat for  
help wanted ads?


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