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September 30, 2011

Interesting Job of the Week

Filed under: Jobcentre Plus Database Mirror — Tags: — Martin Sullivan @ 10:52 am

The now weekly interesting job of the week. I’ve therefore taken to amusing myself with typing the odd speculative query on the JCP Mirror database and seeing what pops out. I’m posting the result on the @JCPM_Feedback Twitter account, and it appears here too.

Martin’s interesting job of the week — Balloon Decorate in Kettering: zois.com/KET6518.

Nottingham Twitter Feed

Filed under: Jobcentre Plus Database Mirror — Tags: — Martin Sullivan @ 9:48 am

Originally I envisaged more than the three offices that currently form the ‘Heavy Traffic’ Pilot. The current three offices were to be joined by Nottingham and Cambridge. I partially set-up Nottingham and I’ve now completed that work, so @JCPM_Nottingham will be joining us shortly.

[Picture: Jobcentre Plus Office]

Nottingham Upper Parliament Street Jobcentre Plus Office

Although there are a number of Jobcentre Offices in and around Nottingham, the Upper Parliament Street one seems to be used exclusively for Jobseeker Direct Postings. The Twitter feed will be following it. I’ve taken the time to correct the address too, for I originally had the office in Station Street. The picture is another Google Street View screen grab.

I’m not as familiar with Nottingham as perhaps I’d like, particularly the geography, so any and all feedback welcome.

I’ll be leaving Cambridge alone, unless somebody specifically asks me. Setting this Twitter stuff up is getting to be a bit of a chore, and there’s enough accounts now running to see how things would work if I could get others interested.

September 28, 2011

Eastgate Part of Leeds Twitter Pilot

Filed under: Jobcentre Plus Database Mirror — Tags: — Martin Sullivan @ 9:16 am

Central Leeds has actually two Jobcentre Plus Offices that are posting vacancies through the Jobseekers Direct web-site. These are Park Place and Eastgate. The @JCPM_Leeds ‘high traffic’ Twitter account concerned itself only with Park Place, it’s by far the most active. For the sake of completeness I’ve now added Eastgate.

Leeds, the city, has a number of other posting Jobcentre Plus Offices scattered throughout its leafy suburbs. Send feedback if you’ld like any of these included.

 

September 23, 2011

Interesting Job of the Week

Filed under: Jobcentre Plus Database Mirror — Tags: — Martin Sullivan @ 12:53 pm

The now weekly interesting job of the week. I’ve therefore taken to amusing myself with typing the odd speculative query on the JCP Mirror database and seeing what pops out. I’m posting the result on the @JCPM_Feedback Twitter account, and it appears here too.

Martin’s interesting job of the week — UBS are looking for a new Quant, I think the last one got busted: zois.com/IKC33591.

September 19, 2011

Heavy Traffic Pilot

Filed under: Jobcentre Plus Database Mirror — Tags: — Martin Sullivan @ 10:31 am

Before I give up on this Twitter stuff, in a mixture of boredom and despair, I thought I’d produce a ‘Heavy Traffic’ Pilot, consisting of accounts for the JCP Offices with the heaviest traffic. A quick examination of last month’s postings suggests Aberdeen, Leeds and Barnsbury. So I’ve now put them up.

[Picture: Barsbury Jobcentre Office]

Barnsbury is one of the most active Jobcentres in the country.

They are all single-office Twitter steams, following their namesake offices. By accident, they seem to be a good, if slightly odd, cross-section. Aberdeen has a large rural base, all be it with a small active oil-industry core. Geolocation may come in handy there. Leeds is a large busy central-city office and typical of a number of such offices around the country. Barnsbury in Islington, north London, is rather odd in that as it has a couple of Universities and the City in its constituency. It thus sees a lot of strange postings that appear to be there as part of some box-ticking employment-legislation fulfilling exercise. But one can fancifully imagine International Financiers, Bankers and Lecturers, with advanced degrees in Physics, and a full and interesting publish history, hanging around after their ‘Restart Interview’ on the off-chance. Anyhow, Follow and enjoy.

In due course, the Heavy Traffic Pilot may get a couple more offices. In all depends upon lassitude and enthusiasm here. Feedback and encouragement helps. Hint.

September 16, 2011

Interesting Job of the Week

Filed under: Jobcentre Plus Database Mirror — Tags: — Martin Sullivan @ 11:23 am

The now weekly interesting job of the week. I’ve therefore taken to amusing myself with typing the odd speculative query on the JCP Mirror database and seeing what pops out. I’m  posting the result on the @JCPM_Feedback Twitter account, and it appears here too.

Martin’s interesting job of the week — Cosmopolitan in St. Andrews zois.com/SAB25762.

 

September 14, 2011

National Twitter Feed Back, Sort-of

Filed under: Biology,Jobcentre Plus Database Mirror,Lab Book — Tags: — Martin Sullivan @ 2:18 pm

After the West Cumbria pilot was up and working, and indeed, attracting some positive feedback, I thought about a national version. In this respect I was following a path I’d been down with other parts of the Jobcentre Plus Database Mirror system. It proved rather harder to execute than I naïvely first thought, though. To do it on an office-by-office basis would demand I build and maintain automatically 800 or so Twitter Accounts, a no-no as far as Twitter is concerned. The second idea I had was that I’d dump a large sub-section of the new postings in a single account, all Geolocated and hash-tagged up, so that folk could search this stream. Unfortunately, that ran into poorly documented rate limits imposed automatically by Twitter.

And so the proper ‘National’ Twitter stream remains a pipe-dream for now. Or until I come up with some other bright idea.

What to do with the account, though? Well, I thought that I might use it to provide a stream of high-value skill-based vacancies, where geography is less important than your normal Jobcentre Plus posting. Such things do regularly appear, and I was always tempted to dismiss them as employment legislation box-ticking exercises. But why not. As I started as a Biochemist I thought I’d use this in my experiment. As a result the National feed is now exclusively of vacancies that have been categorised as having ‘SOC’ code 2112: “Biological scientists and biochemists”.

You can follow @JCPM_National, if you’re a Biologist, you never know your luck. And then again, if you’ve been on a Statistics course, maybe you do.

 

 

September 11, 2011

A Better Tweet Link

Filed under: Jobcentre Plus Database Mirror — Tags: — Martin Sullivan @ 1:25 pm

The ‘detail’ page of the JCP Mirror web-pages has had a ‘Twitter’ link for some time; it has a ‘Facebook’ link too. They’re obviously designed to allow sharing of vacancy details on social networks. Based on the experiments that have been made on Twitter, this Twitter link has been beefed-up. The link will now effectively generate an entire proto-Tweet that can be modified before being posted to the user’s Twitter account. This proto-Tweet is basically the same as the automated one that are being used in the Cumbrian pilot (@JCPM_Carlisle, as an example), but without the Geolocation. Prior to posting such links, Twitter allows the Tweet to be edited. It can thus have its content modified, and the shortened zois.com link can have an ‘o’ added to allow a link back to the original posting, all be it through the ZOIS redirect and cache service.

This should be of interest to a number of ‘official’ JCP Offices that have taken to tweeting new vacancies. Examining the ZOIS scrape of the their offices and following links for interesting jobs, will yield a ready supply of ready-made Tweets, replete with hash-tags and links to further detail. This is what a recent Interesting Job of the Week looks like as a 140 character Twitter squit.

Santa’s Elf http://zois.com/PEJ28523 #Whinfell This vacancy is due to start on 05/11/2011 and end on 25/12/2011. Christmas is a magical #jcpPEJ

Yep, I knew you’ld be impressed.

September 9, 2011

Interesting Job of the Week

Filed under: Jobcentre Plus Database Mirror,Omphalokepsis — Tags: — Martin Sullivan @ 10:16 am

The now weekly interesting job of the week. As a reminder, I’ve had a number of suggestions about some of the odder jobs that are posted through Jobcentre Plus, and thus find their way on to the JCP Mirror. There’s bound to be the odd strange one. I’ve therefore taken to amusing myself with typing the odd speculative query on the database and seeing what pops out. I’m  posting the result on the @JCPM_Feedback Twitter account,  it may garner some follow-Friday currency. I do it here too.

Martin’s interesting job of the week — Be a pretend Plague Surgeon in York: YOR/167272.

September 7, 2011

Full Cumbrian Pilot Twitter Feed

Filed under: Jobcentre Plus Database Mirror — Tags: — Martin Sullivan @ 12:48 pm

The full Jobcentre Plus Mirror Twitter pilot for Cumbria is now up and available for general perusal and amusement. Try not to point and laugh too much. There are five followable Twitter accounts which cover geographically separate areas of this fine county. They are, in no particular order:

Closed Jobcentre Plus office

Cockermouth's former Jobcentre Plus office

The idea is that you ‘follow’ the appropriate Twitter account and receive timely notification of vacancies local to your area. It’s OK to follow more than one. Somebody in Wigton might want to follow both @JCPM_Carlisle and @JCPM_WCumbria, as an example.

Since these feeds are largely automated, I’ve set up @JCPM_Feedback for your comments, feedback and 140 character long rants. I’ll try to keep a reasonably close eye on this account. The usual disclaimers and exhortations to provide feedback apply. It should be noted that Twitter isn’t the most reliable platform, so if a tweet is missed, sorry.

What about my important town or district? I hear you ask. Good point, and I can produce additional related Twitter accounts. Setting-up Twitter accounts is a deliberately long-winded affair and has been specifically designed not to be automated. I have to do this stuff by hand, so, I’ll set them up, but you’ve got to ask me nicely.

Finally, I’ve stopped the automated random posting to @JCPM_National, until I can figure out what I’m going to do with it. Even the conservative posting schedule it was running into poorly documented limits on Twitter. The extreme randomness of the tweets, that actually made it, probably caused this stream rather a lot of ‘noise’ too. So, best to stop, less I am considered a spammer, or worse.

Cumbria is a large county in the north west of England, if you’re not totally familiar with the geography.

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