If you’ve ever applied for a job with my employer, the University of Oxford, you’ll have come across recruit.ox.ac.uk, one of the most-frustrating websites in the world. Of its many problems, the biggest (in my mind) is that it makes it really
hard to share or save the web address of a particular job listing. That’s because instead of using individual web addresses to correspond to individual jobs, like any
tab” properly either), and instead provides its own, inferior, interface.
Some day I might get around to writing e.g. a userscript and/or browser plugin that “fixes” the site – from a user’s perspective, at least. But for the time being, because this morning
I needed to share via social media a link to a UX developer post we’ve just
advertised, I’ve come up with a little bookmarklet to fix this single problem:
recruit.ox.ac.uk Permalink Generator
This tool makes it easy to get permalinks (web addresses you can save or share) for job listings on recruit.ox.ac.uk. It might be adaptable to make it work with other CoreHR-powered
systems, if it turns out that this missing feature comes from the underlying software that powers the site: it could also form the basis of a future userscript that would automatically
fix the site “on the fly”. Here’s how to use it:
Drag the link below into your browser’s bookmarks (e.g. the bookmarks toolbar).
When you’re on a recruit.ox.ac.uk job page, click on the bookmark. A permalink will appear at the top of the page, for your convenience. If you’re using a modern browser, the
permalink will also appear in the address bar.
Copy the permalink and use it wherever you need it, e.g. to share the link to a job listing.
If you have any difficulty with it or want help adapting it for use with other CoreHR systems, give me a shout.
In May 2016 I was lucky enough to get to take a tour through the disused/non-public tunnels underneath Euston Station in London. The whole experience was fantastic, but a particular
highlight was getting to stand in a ventilation shaft directly above the Victoria Line platforms, where this video was taken. Travelling the underground, it’s easy to be unaware of the
network of tunnels around the ones you’re in, bringing air and electricity from the surface.
Stopped off here to deliver a forgotten bag to my partner’s brother, who drove the other way to meet me here, while I was waiting for him to arrive. Luckily he was running late because
it took me a good 20 minutes to find the cache. Rather embarrassing really, once I found it: should’ve spotted it earlier!
Afterwards, shouted at some yobs for littering. Why do people do that? :-(
Literally 10 minutes walk from my house, so I hope to be able to attend (I need to double-check that I’ve not already committed myself to babysitting duties that night, first, but odds
look very good for me).
Edit (2016-06-02 18:58 BST): Okay! On the way! See you soon!