Jul 12, 2010
One of the projects that we are very proud here at Zee is the job board Openjobs. Launched in 2008, the website has renewed since its launching, but we decided that it was time to make a full upgrade in it... and I decided to share with you how was this whole renewal process - design and development.
When we launched Openjobs, we had great reference sites like Authentic Jobs and Krop, we miss something like that here in Brazil, a job board simple to use, without bureaucracy and focusing on creative professionals. At the time it was done hastily developed in Java, which became a hassle when we needed to do some tweaking.
And with time we increasingly felt the need to create and implement new things. Just as we saw that the design itself was already needing to be refurbished to follow new standards and allow better web experience for users. Another issue we always have here is that we use Drupal for all of our projects, and Openjobs it was in a framework in Java, that was nowhere near the power and flexibility of Drupal.
Also, since late 2009, we hired HR Consultant Renata Fraga, working fulltime on it, further increasing the visits and the number of jobs posted, often also contributing to the blog. We saw that it was time to do a complete renewal in Openjobs, from head to toe, and this process started in March.
Scratches to the change
We knew the key was to keep it simple and try not to modify the flow of how to post a job - that was already understood by users - but we needed to add new features. We began the studies of wireframes, layout, colors and talks about the features.
The new version
Having decided the layout we began to implement in Drupal with the help of developer Thiago Régis. All the infrastructure was built, CSS, the main features and then we started internal tests at Zee. Surely this intensive to finalize and launch the project is the most time consuming because there are a lot of details that require attention, but that ultimately makes the result very rewarding!
Below are the screens of the new Openjobs with the main features and some layout details:
Many innovations will be implemented in Openjobs, so stay tuned: openjobs.com.br. And share with us your thoughts about the new Openjobs.