E-International Scientific Research Journal ISSN: 2094-1749 Volume: 2 Issue: 3, 2010

JOB PORTAL FOR DON MARIANO MARCOS MEMORIAL STATE UNIVERSITY
Kathrina Sison Tambot Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University, ICS, Agoo, La Union, Philippines

Abstract
The study aimed to develop a Job Portal for Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University that used the descriptive research method. Data gathering techniques used were 1) Interview with 21 respondents (DMMMSU Job placement services in-charge, students, alumni); 2) Analysis and review of existing job portals; and 3) Document analysis of job-related documents such as resumes. Findings were known that for every job portal users, relevant information needs to be included in the job portal. For job seekers, information were categorized according to account details, resume and cover letter details. For employers, information were categorized according to account details, company details and job posting details. For moderator, information for account details only. Findings on the features included in the job portal were categorized according to the features that can be accessed by job seekers and employers. Findings on the moderation measures implemented include those that will need approval from the moderator. All relevant information requirements should be considered since these serve as the foundation of the job portal. The features included were centered on job searching and job postings by job seekers and employers respectively. The moderation measures do away with unauthorized use of the restricted features of the job portal. Keywords: job advertisement, job hunting, job portal, job postings, job search, content management system, web-based system

Introduction
Finding a job is what everyone attempts to do to earn a living. From local to national newspapers, job seekers look around the classified ads for job vacancies and try to apply. They give out their resume hoping for a positive response from a certain company. These are just some of the traditional ways of finding a job. According to Dewar (2008), more and more businesses are recruiting their employees through agencies. Agencies are a valuable asset to any company looking for the best candidates for vacant positions. In recruitment agencies, a job seeker visits a local branch for a short interview and an assessment before being placed on the agency’s list of candidates. Recruitment consultants then work to match their list of candidates to their clients' open positions. Suitable candidates are short-listed and put forward for an interview with potential employers on a temporary or permanent basis. 200

One of these difficulties is that. One particular area in which Internet is utilized is the access to the job market. the advancement of the Internet has changed many of our lives.E-International Scientific Research Journal ISSN: 2094-1749 Volume: 2 Issue: 3. also known as the collection of huge information. 2010 A job fair is another traditional job hunting process. Aside from recruitment agencies. It is often very noisy. job fairs. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics in the United States (2009). From simple cellular phones to multimedia gadgets to super computers. begin with an Internet search using keywords related to the prospective job. People save a lot of time and money and get an instant edge with only little effort in the comfort of home. Expositions usually include company or organization booths where resumes can be collected and business cards can be exchanged. Boyd (2009) said in his article that the Internet is a great resource to find jobs. recruiters and schools to meet with prospective job seekers. Some job boards provide national listings of all kinds while others are local. distance is no longer a problem. A job seeker needs to go from one place to another to look for job vacancies. Jolly (2009) mentioned in Job Fair Techniques that on the down side. particularly at larger job fairs. is one of the media used by people nowadays to access information resources via the Internet. it is often a zoo. It is a fair or exposition for employers. 201 . But you can speed the process by using many methods to find job openings. because of the advances in technology. very distracting. It is commonly known as a career fair or career exposition. are other traditional job hunting processes available and difficulties in these sorts of practices are not far behind. with hundreds or even thousands of others competing with you for a few minutes with a company representative. and one of these methods is the Internet resources. another difficulty is distance. According to Galvan (2008). To find good prospects. People can find anything they want if they know how to look for it correctly. Technology is now sinking in our lives and beginning to reshape our standard way of living. In traditional job hunting processes. The Internet includes many job hunting Web sites with job listings. In a study on job searching. But. Dixon (2003) mentioned that individuals looking for jobs have become part of a larger information superstructure which they may or may not be aware of. and almost impossible to make a good lasting impression. He emphasized that people will not get a job over the Internet because it is still up to them on how they would advertise themselves. finding a job can take months of time and effort. that enables a person to make traditional processes become automated. Advances in technology such as the World Wide Web. bulk of resumes of job seekers is being stocked. and going straight to the job employer to submit resumes.

and online resume posting. Based on an article entitled Active Versus Traditional Job Search Methods (2009). the World Wide Web is the easiest resource to use because of its accessibility and massive options of job postings. and applying for jobs in the personnel office of companies. According to Nielsen (2005). All these traditional methods involve a person reacting to a job that has already been publicly offered. For people who are registered to their web site.45% placed or answered advertisements and 18 or 1. It also gives the employers the chance to have their job vacancies posted for job seekers to see. The traditional job hunting process involves strategies such as looking in the classified ads.000. These web sites are open to all people. 440 or 33. the extra features of it such as networking boards. job search alerts. On a typical day in March 2000. searching for job vacancies. It gives support to job seekers allowing them to post personal information and work experiences relevant to their application and make them noticed by different employers.When it comes to looking for the perfect job. plus. career guides and the like. Moreover. keywords. there has been about a 33% hike in the daily traffic related to job searching. 52. regularly visited job related websites.E-International Scientific Research Journal ISSN: 2094-1749 Volume: 2 Issue: 3. these figures represent a more than 60% jump in the number of online job hunters from March 2000. they have username and password giving them full-access to all the features of the web site such as the resume posting. JobsDB and Trabaho are web sites that offer features that are related to job hunting. Jobstreet. It is found then that 32 million had used the Internet to check out jobs.60% approached employers directly.41% approached relatives/friends.000 Americans have looked online for information about jobs. 2010 Dixon (2003) said that in a mere decade. According to the National Statistics Office. Jobstreet. such as viewing of job ads. about 3 million Internet users were searching for job information.317 unemployed persons looking for work by job search method here in the Philippines are divided accordingly: 586 or 44. Boswell (2009) talked about how job seekers can narrow their search by location. Labor Force Survey. Based on statistics by Boyce (2002) of Pew Internet and American Life Project. a total of 1. 85 or 6. Overall. job searching has evolved from primarily a paper and file-cabinet affair to an arena that is nearly completely digitized. 202 .37% falls to others. Job portal is a website that facilitates online job hunting. only less than 30% of job seekers find jobs when they apply for a job in a traditional manner. 482 or 36. allowing them to view job ads and vacancies. Unlike in job portals. and more than 4 million do so on a typical day. searching through bulletin boards. you can look for a job advertised in the comfort of home with the use of the Internet.S. JobsDB and Trabaho are some of the job portals available in the World Wide Web that provide easy-to-use interface in seeking for a job. and employers in using job portals. there were over 202 million internet users as of December 2005 and 30% of the internet users in the U. in the year 2008. going to employment agencies.50% seek help from employment agencies. while more than 70% of job seekers who use the Internet find jobs. resume writing and posting.

the following were the findings of this study: 1. design. For the Employers. employer history. Interviews with appropriate respondents. What are the information requirements needed for the development of the Job Portal for DMMMSU? 2. b) company details that includes the company 203 . the Unified Modeling Language (UML) was used as a guide in creating a well-built web application. For job seekers. Joomla was used to develop the system. username. AWE is an iterative and incremental process that has been developed to deal with the problems associated with the development of web-based applications and make it easy to identify the criteria that will be used to select what problems are to be addressed first. this study sought answers to the following questions: 1.E-International Scientific Research Journal ISSN: 2094-1749 Volume: 2 Issue: 3. skills. username. The job portal can be accessed by both job seekers and employers to view necessary information. and c) cover letter details that includes a title and description. b) resume details that is categorized according to personal information. reference. In the development of the system. The AWE identifies all the major stages that need to be addressed during Web application development that includes business analysis. password and a valid e-mail address. It is summarized mainly on the: a) account details that includes the name. The Agile Web Engineering (AWE) Process Life-Cycle was used in the design and development of the system. Results Based on the research problems. On the other hand. implementation. Specifically. testing and evaluation. What moderation measures are to be implemented in the Job Portal for DMMMSU? Materials and Methods This study entitled “Job Portal for Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University” was intended to design and develop a job portal for students and alumni of DMMMSU. The benefit of this kind of process is that lessons learned from the previous iterations will be applied in the succeeding phases. requirements. It is summarized mainly on the: a) account details that includes the name. The information requirements needed for the development of the Job Portal for DMMMSU are as follows: For the Job Seekers. analysis and reviews of existing job portals and analysis of job related documents were done by the researcher to determine the suitable requirements needed to design and develop the Job Portal for DMMMSU. education. a moderator will be the authorized person who could periodically update information about job vacancies submitted by the employers. they can easily update their information relevant to their application. password and a valid e-mail address. 2010 Designing the Job Portal for DMMMSU shall serve as a tool for job seekers in making their job search effective and for employers to have list of possible applicants for their vacant positions. What features are to be incorporated in the proposed Job Portal for DMMMSU? 3.

d) creating. f) updated company and job posting approval. h) posting of topics via forum. work hours. j) retrieval of forgotten username and/or password. password and a valid e-mail address. c) giving of employer account. d) updating of account details. 3. job type. Discussion 1. and i) links to other job portals. and h) posting of articles. The features incorporated in the Job Portal for DMMMSU is centered on the job hunting of job seekers and job advertising of employers. 2. b) control panel. a) control panel. Job seekers’ and employers’ relevant information requirements need to be given emphasis since these serve as the foundation of the Job Portal for DMMMSU. description. d) new company approval. category. g) updating of account details. g) retrieval of forgotten username and/or password. and h) viewing of articles. 204 . salary range. i) sending of private messages to moderator. The moderation measures implemented in the Job Portal for DMMMSU are as follows: a) CAPTCHA. g) posting of announcements. f) viewing of applied jobs. e) job posting approval. updating and viewing of resumes and cover letters. 3. k) viewing of articles. b) job seeker account approval. qualifications and preferred skills of potential applicants. and l) links to other job portals. Links to other existing job portals is also a useful tool in helping job seekers find job vacancies. c) viewing of resumes and cover letters of applicants. For the Employers. years of experience needed. 2010 name. Addition to this. b) creating. category. contact name. security of the job portal system is also implemented by means of a login account. Other extra features such as posting of announcements and articles related to job hunting are also helpful to both job seekers and employers giving them essential facts. For the Moderator. c) searching and viewing of job postings. updating and viewing of company and job posting details. The moderation measures implemented in the Job Portal for DMMMSU do away with unauthorized use of the restricted features of the job portal system which can only be done by the moderator. e) online application to job postings.E-International Scientific Research Journal ISSN: 2094-1749 Volume: 2 Issue: 3. f) sending of private messages to moderator. contact details and description. company. e) posting of topics via forum. a) online registration. and c) job posting details that consists mainly of the job title. number of available jobs for a particular job posting. 2. The features incorporated in the Job Portal for DMMMSU are as follows: For the Job Seekers. It consists of the username. highest education attained.

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