Happy Birthday!

We're a year old!


The Staff Wanted network has been sharing jobs advertised in "shop windows" in Galway city for a year this week- so it seemed like a good time to celebrate, and look at what's been achieved so far.




To date ...

We've listed 813 jobs (more coming later today), got 329 followers on Facebook and 155 in Twitter.   Our home page has been viewed 38,437 times - and we've lost count of the number of views of individual jobs.   A blog has been started, and lots of ideas for useful posts have been written down.


Where did Staff-Wanted come from?

The idea was dreamed up back in 2010, when Ireland was deep in a recession, professionals were expected to work for free on "Job Path", and some hospitaility employers were offering one-week unpaid "job trials" after which no one was ever hired.

An unemployed inner-city-based IT worker was learning about websites, and wondered about using one to share the job-advertisements around the city with people who couldn't afford to travel in to job-hunt every day - and to avoid being ripped of.  A few friends tossed the idea around, the first website was set up, and a few job-adverts were even posted.   But the time wasn't quite right, gathering job-info was slow, and some paid work came up to keep people busy.

Fast-forward to late 2017, and suddenly the time, skills and opportunity came together:  the website was re-vamped, policies revised, and the much-improved mobile phone cameras and Facebook gave the whole idea a boost.


What next?

A few ideas are in the works.   It would be great to take the idea to another location, and possibly work with a community group or job-club gathering job listings.   Some "how to" tools are being developed, to help people who work in jobs that are typically advertised in "shop windows" - and people who employ them.

The basic will stay the same though
  • Only jobs which could be, advertised by hanging a sign outside the workplace: 
  • No scraping from other jobs websites (or Facebook pages) - this isn't a replacement for career websites
  • Genuine, legal, paid-work vacancies only
  • No commission selling
  • No unpaid work-experience programmes.

In the meantime ... let's celebrate!