A few friends have asked me if they can get similar new job alerts to what I’d set up for myself by writing Jobs Scooper.  After sending them one test alert, it was immediately clear to me that I had to make it actually usable for others if they were going to get value from it.  I didn’t mind processing a CSV dump of results each time, but that was a total developer/super-user interface.  That wasn’t going to work here.

jobs_scooper_results_email_tableSo I took some time to revamp the code around two major areas:  1) actually present useful results directly in the alert notification email and 2) make it much easier for me to support more than one user.   It’s by no means a perfect user interface, but it seems to have met the minimal viable product bar.

Job Scooper now alerts on jobs from 70 sites.  I’ve actually been able to get adding a new site down to about an hour in many cases.

If you’re curious, you can read more about what’s changed and what’s now possible using jobs scooper on GitHub.

As always, there’s a long list of things I’d love to add to it if I had all the time in the world.  🙂

If you’re interested in getting the alerts, give me a shout directly.  I’m happy to add folks in my direct network to my system.  If you’re outside my personal network, I’m happy to work with you to get jobs scooper up and running on your system.


About the Author -

Hi, I'm Bryan. Thanks for dropping in my little corner of the Internet. I am currently Head of Consumer Products at PayScale, responsible for the design of the company's consumer-facing web and mobile experiences. Before that, I was Redfin's first (and only) Vice President of Products, responsible for the design of Redfin's website, mobile applications, agent tools and information technology systems. Prior to joining Redfin, I worked for nearly ten years at Microsoft as both an engineering manager and a lead program manager. He was responsible for integrating major partners' services with Microsoft's mobile technologies and, prior to that, building Sidewalk.com. I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (go Badgers!) with a degree in computer science and communication arts (tv, radio & film.)