Introducing Perks.io

April 18, 2013

Perks.io

Perks.io is a new microsite that randomly displays listing data from Authentic Jobs, but only the job perks. (Think bacon and ping-pong tables.)

We’re in the thick of Hackweek here in Sarasota, Florida, where we bring our tiny team together for a week of strategizing, building, and good food. One of our objectives was to design and build a site from start to finish during our time together. Perks.io is the result.

The premise was simple: Expose the data in our listings in a fresh, unique way. The idea for extracting job perks sprang from one of Cameron’s featured job tweets (example). The first iteration was a simple, static comp:

First iteration of Perks.io

From there, we began building and refining concurrently—Cameron on design, Adam on code, and The Lumineers on Rdio.

For the logo, we settled on Thirsty Rough pretty quickly. It’s a new typeface from Ryan Martinson that has a nice distressed, scripty feel to it. Adam was quick to point out that the ‘P’ was a little too Pinterest-y:

Showing the modified 'P' in the Perks logo

A little time spent modifying anchor points in Illustrator resolved the issue, though it meant we couldn’t use the webfont version to render the logo. With a quick build like this, we were okay with the trade-off.

Perks.io website

A few more rounds in Photoshop and a bokeh photo later, the site was taking shape. Adam had nearly the entire site built—front-end markup and back-end code—by the time Cameron had finessed the aesthetics. It’s built on the Laravel PHP framework with a healthy dose of Sass and a dash of Backstretch for the stretchy header. Data is pulled from the Authentic Jobs API, as you might imagine.

So have a looksie, and give @cameronmoll and @adamjspooner your 2c about our little project, if you wouldn’t mind.

Hired.

March 5, 2013

Hired.

We’re thrilled to introduce Hired, a new podcast from Authentic Jobs about jobs, hiring, and the culture within companies across the web.

And we’re even more thrilled to have Charles Adler, one of the co-founders of Kickstarter, as our inaugural guest. Charles was kind enough to share an insider’s rap about Kickstarter’s success, their team’s DNA, and some additional details about the Product Designer position currently posted on our site.

Give episode one a listen, and follow @HiredPodcast for updates about future guests. (We’ve got some stellar ones lined up.)

New Year, New Savings: 50% off all listings

January 2, 2013

New Year's #2013 promotion: 50% off

Get a jump start on hiring new employees and finding freelancers with our annual New Year’s promotion: 50% off all listings. But there’s a catch. You’ll need to visit the tweet streams or websites of our listing partners to find a discount code.

Here are a few quick links to some of their codes:

We typically offer a discount this steep only twice a year, so take advantage of the promotion while it lasts. Expires midnight on January 11.

We need your 3-second video to help us celebrate $30,000 for Rwanda

December 21, 2012

$30,000

We’re confident we’ll hit our goal of raising $30,000 for a community + school in Rwanda before the deadline on December 31 (though we still need your donations to make it happen).

Once we hit our goal, we’re going to make a celebration video starring you, the champs who made it happen and who will bring clean water to an entire community and neighboring school.

So, join in and create a video as follows:

  • Shoot a video with your phone, DSLR, mirrorless, iSight, or whatever camera
  • Keep it to 3 seconds or less so we can include as many videos as possible
  • Make it celebratory! Be creative. Examples might include “Go Rwanda!” or you creatively holding a sign with the number 30,000 on it
  • If the file is less than 10 MB, send it to support{at}authenticjobs{dot}com, OR
  • If the file is larger than 10 MB, post the video (any format) in your Public folder on Dropbox or Box, or use any of the apps for sending large files
  • We’ll create a montage with your video and post it to the site, and we’ll also do everything in our power to show it to the community that receives water tap stands because of our campaign.

Get inspired by watching this 2012 recap from charity: water:

Thank you.

December 19, 2012

Founder Cameron Moll personally thanks all of you for contributing thus far to our charity: water campaign.

We’d like to especially thank Jeff Snider, Jeffrey Zeldman, Aaron Gustafson, Dave Greiner, and Jonathan Moore for their generous contributions. As we were uploading this video, another significant donation came in from True Themes.

More thank-yous to come!

‘Jobs’ app for iPhone now available

December 7, 2012

Jobs for iPhone

Jobs for iPhone, a third-party app independently developed by LaTroupe Studios, is now available in the App Store. We think it’s pretty fantastic. We think we’re probably biased, too. But still, LaTroupe Studios did a terrific job.

Please support their efforts (and keep yourself gainfully employed while at it) by purchasing the app for just $0.99. (Well done, Jordi!)

Happy birthday to us! A gift to you.

September 25, 2012

57% off, today only

On this day seven years ago, Authentic Jobs was born. Celebrate with us by enjoying 57% off any job listing. No limit. No promo code needed. Today only.

Help us raise $30,000 for clean water.

September 4, 2012

You’ve helped us raise nearly $50,000 for clean water. Let’s make magic happen again this year.

It’s our 7th birthday this month (can you believe it?), and we’re kicking off things once again by asking you to donate to charity: water, the non-profit, clean-water powerhouse that we’ve supported over the past few years.

Authentic Jobs + charity: water site

Our goal this year is to raise enough funds to bring clean drinking water to an entire community and neighboring school. $30,000 will fully fund tap stands for up to 800 people, with water delievered to those taps through a series of electric pumps and pipes, and good old-fashioned gravity. No more trekking hours every day just to find water.

So, please join the cause by donating $7, $77, or $777 to charity: water.

Donate now to charity: water

Using Pictos Server for icons.

May 11, 2012

Using a web font for icons is nothing new, but we’d like to share our experience using Pictos Server on our most recent release (job listing stats).

Pictos Server is simple to use. Sign up, customize the icon set you’d like to use, and serve it up. It’s that easy. With over 600 icons to choose from, you’ll probably be able to find what you need.

Pictos icon samples

We needed only a handful of icons for the listing stats feature. So, our custom Pictos font was fairly lightweight, less than 12 KB.

One of the caveats of using Pictos Server over hosting a custom font file is a limitation in Internet Explorer 9, namely CORS (Cross-Origin Resource Sharing). Drew Wilson, creator of Pictos Server, is fervently working on update. So, this limitation shouldn’t be around much longer.

In the meantime, we created a simple sprite sheet to replace the font in Internet Explorer 9:

Sprite sheet for IE9

Designing in the browser has been touted as one of the biggest advantages for using a web font for icons, and we couldn’t agree more. For example, shortly after launch, we began receiving support concerns about whether emails were being lost from applicants. We can only track when someone clicks the “Apply for this job” button, not if they follow through. So, we tried to make that clear in the interface. But, we knew we had failed by showing an icon of a torn piece of paper with a heading of ‘Clicked “Apply”.’

A clearer representation of what was actually happening was needed, and we landed on a mouse cursor with a title of ‘Clicked “Apply” button.’ The change took only a few minutes using a web font:

Changing the icon in minutes

Not only do these icons look great on the desktop, but they look absolutely lovely on mobile devices and tablets, and especially nice and crisp on devices with retina displays.

We think using a web font for icons is swell. Give them a try if you’re not already.

–Adam Spooner (@adamjspooner), Authentic Jobs’ front-end ace.

New feature: Listing statistics.

May 3, 2012

We’ve lifted the covers on a new feature for employers: Statistics for any listings you’ve posted to the site. You’ll see overall views, referrers, email notifications sent to candidates, and so on.

You’ll also enjoy easy access to transaction data and PDF receipts.

Stats in the new Employer Admin

Of course, we can track only data that resides on our end. So we can tell you how many people have clicked the “Apply” button, but we can’t tell you how many people have actually submitted applications after clicking it (that happens via the email address or URL you specify). In the near future, we’ll be able to provide you with that data once candidates can apply through our site.

So, give it a go. Post a new listing or view statistics for an existing listing by clicking the edit link we sent in the confirmation email after posting.