If you do decide to create and manage a similar site for a different job category and/or location, then please email OttHtJobs your site information as such information has been requested by many OttHtJobs subscribers.
- OttHtJobs uses a Windows-PC based program called WebSite-Watcher.
It will store entered links (URLs) and can monitor those sites for changes.
It is sophisticated enough to ignore meaningless dynamic changes such as current
date/time, and it is sophisticated enough to find pages hidden behind forms
(such as career searches).
The changes are highlighted in yellow. This is accomplished by storing snapshots of the previous and current page and producing a "diff".
The program comes with a free 30 day trial, but after that, it will cost you about $30 USD for a licence.
- The links of all job sites in Ottawa have been
manually entered. Much of the information comes from several directories.
Once every couple of months, a new directory version is published, and it is
checked to see if yet more companies can be added to the database.
Because of the sophistication of this program, it can find jobs that are listed
as a result of submitting forms, however this can become tricky. Knowledge of
- At the press of one button, the WebSite-Watcher program scans over
2000 career pages in about 20 minutes. It will typically find 150 changed sites
if run every day, and 200 sites if run every other day. This part of the process
is completely automated, I often let it run while I have breakfast.
- Then each of the 150-200 changed pages is manually checked.
Although the program can ignore changes such as time and date, still, over half
of the career pages that have changed can be completely ignored for a variety of
reasons, for example the job is not in Ottawa, or the changes are cosmetic site
restructuring. Every time I come across a change that should be ignored and is
likely to occur again, I try to update the WebSite-Watcher properties for that
site so that such changes are ignored in the future. This takes time.
- For each changed page, the relevant Ottawa job links are manually collected
via copy and paste into the daily new jobs emails.
- The program has nice reporting capabilities so that the complete
list of companies can be exported at the touch of
another button. This is done once a month.
- URLs often go stale as websites are updated. Thus, once a week, all the bad URLs are updated.
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