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Interactive Job Map

Helping young people to be more aware of the jobs around them, through an add-on to Google Maps.

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Young jobseekers can be a step behind the jobseekers who have had a job, possibly because:
  • they may not be aware of all the companies in a particular line of work, and missed them in their search
  • they may be more geographically limited (e.g. don't have a car yet or cannot afford to move out of home to take on a job on the other side of the city)
  • they may not have learnt to pick up the signals of the job market (e.g. oversupply of particular professions in a region)
  • they're not sure of the wage conditions they can ask for

The idea is to add a "Jobs" layer to an internet map (e.g. Google Maps). The interactive layer and sublayers make job postings and job statistics easily accessible for all jobseekers. If the information is continuously data-mined from the internet search, the information and job postings would be "real-time".

On the macro (zoomed-out) view, the layer can show the statistical data as partly described in the concept "Interactive and virtual", showing:

  • Concentrations of professions
  • Demand and supply of professions
  • Wage statistics
  • Typical working conditions (e.g. standard working hours, typical transit times)
  • Highlight any companies/locations are actively hiring (e.g. a new shopping centre, a startup company)

On the micro (zoomed-in) view, the layer can show:

  • Icons linking to an individual job postings, possibly aggregated from the exisiting postings on the internet.
  • Icons linking to an individual job postings that have been actively included (something like the targeted advertising of facebook)
  • Icons for key companies at a locality, with direct links to their career page.
  • Since the icons are pinned to the map by location, it can help jobseekers find jobs closer to where they live.

In both the macro and micro view, the sublayers can be selected to filter based on:

  • Profession
  • Salary
  • Full-time, part-time, casual

The idea can work in the other direction as well, whereby jobseekers attach their online CV (e.g. LinkedIn) profile to a particular location. On the macro level, companies can see what talent is available in a particular region (e.g. help decide if the company should set up in a particular region), and on the micro level they can headhunt by directly clicking on the jobseeker's online CV.

How will your concept support young people as they transition into the world of work?

For young people, this concept can give them the relevant information about the job market, so that they can make good choices for choosing what to study or to be qualified in. The concept can also help them get a job, by minimizing the chance that they overlook less well known companies/opportunities and increasing the opportunities for employers and candidates to interact. It would remove the disadvantages that young people may encounter due to lack of information, not know where to look, etc.

What online or in-person components of your concept will best support this transition?

The up-to-date information and statistics on the map can help young people make the right choices when transitioning to the world of work, while the job postings can directly take young people into the world of work.

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Contributions from: Caroline Vallieres Paul Reader


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Photo of David Relan

I think this is a good idea. It's something in the right direction, but I wonder if there might be a point in looking not only at available jobs, but also available skills with the possibility of pure exchanges of services between people.

Photo of Andrew Li

So in addition to an "Jobs" layer, we'd have layers for things like "Craigslist" or "Oddjobs"?

Photo of David Relan

Something along those lines, but I was thinking even jobs that you wouldn't think to post on craigslist or other sites. In a way these jobs would depend on using a different credit system than money.

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