Pandaladder: instant-search for jobs in Kenya

Well, we’ve had YouTube instant, twitter instant and the grand papa of them all – Google instant. You know instant job search was well on its way! Loading dynamic content on the fly is not a new concept but has only recently found fame probably not so much for the rapid speed with which search results are returned, but because Google implemented it on a grand scale. Suddenly, traditional search just doesn’t cut it.

So as a complement to what the current Kenyan job boards and blogs offer in content, this web app simply does two things: provide a single interface to search multiple job boards simultaneously, and offer real-time search. All links redirect to the boards/blogs that post them.

This project went from concept to 95% implemented in 4 days so there’s a few more things that need to be tweaked and improved along the way. If anything, it’s always better to start small, launch fast, often and fail forward.

On that note, check it out at http://pandaladder.com, comments at hello@pandaladder.com. Here’s a preview:

Information Ministry Revamps Website

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On my WordPress dashboard is a draft post of a rant about official Kenya Government websites that I, almost without fail, find cause to update whenever I happen to visit these sites.

Save for a few diamonds in the ruff that present relevant and up-to-date content on a user-friendly, navigable and visually-appealing interface (e.g. CBK, KSMS, ICT Board, KNEC etc.), most of the sites that represent the online face of ministries and parastatals are sufferably navigable. Perhaps it’s a personal preference, but scrolling text and animated GIFs can be very distracting. This is where the AdBlock Plus and NoScript extensions¬†for Firefox shine; they make it easy to block images, Flash and JavaScript in the browser.

So I was pleasantly surprised to note today that the Kenyan Ministry of Information and Communication revamped their site. The new design features a cleaner interface with simplified navigation and current news is prominently displayed; this in lieu of the previous congested landing page with inconsistent typography, symmetry and broken links .

Whether the “blog-like” format of the home page and site navigation exclusively from the header is appropriate for a site with as much content to offer as does this, is debatable; although it doesn’t lend itself any favors with complying with the Three-click rule best practice.

One big plus is the new forum section where threads can be started on any topic for discussion. If you’re lucky, the PS Bitange Ndemo just might respond as he (or his proxy) seems to be a regular visitor.

If you haven’t already, visit the site to find policy documents, draft bills, news and contribute to the discourse on all things ICT.