Desktop/Mobile Web App
Personal Side Project
Jun 2020 - Sep 2020
I wanted to share this knowledge with others and it grew into what became Spokanetechjobs.com
Sites like Linkedin, CrunchBase, and Indeed don’t give people context of the community a company or jobs sits in. Because of this, there isn't a way to easily find local tech companies/startups, jobs, talent, and how they are located to one another.
Based on my first hand experience of the community I created proto-personas to represent the types of users I envisioned on the platform.
Since this was a personal project, I had to build the app myself. I researched various methods but ultimately decided on bubble.io, a no-code platform to build the app.
To ensure this was a real need, I started talking with different types of people in our community. The pain point that kept coming up the most was jobs, either someone looking for one or a company trying to hire. This insight led to the emphasis on jobs for the site in addition to shared information.
While I’m a confident front-end dev, I used this project as an opportunity to learn bubble.io. (the best no-code platform for building apps). Over the course of 3-months, I was able to go from Figma mocks to a launched product all on my own.
Since this was a side-project I wanted to experiment with the user-experience a bit more than usual. Most job board/directory sites don’t display a map of where things are located because this info is less relevant for these sites.
However, for Spokane Tech Jobs I made the whole experience focused around the map. This way as users we’re exploring the site they could always see where something was located and what companies were nearby.
To get the platform jump-started, I hand-curated the initial company, job, and talent data. I also designed the site in a way that information could be crowdsourced. Anyone could post a job or company but has to first create their own profile. This way more and more information gets added automatically.
I started to see a number of people in the community sign up and help contribute data and post jobs. Also, the app was featured on the bubble.io blog as “App of The Day”.
Additionally, the process of building an application end-to-end even with a no-code tool gave me more insight into the nuances of the product development process.