I have always wanted to add a database that schools in Taiwan could browse to find English teachers in Taiwan.
My original idea was to have a people directory where there were no names. There would be the usual sections describing qualifications, preferences, skills – but there wouldn’t be any names (to keep things private) and the prospect would be able to select what information they could choose to reveal.
Obviously, it behooves the candidates to be as honest and open as possible – since their goal is to secure an interview/position. At some point in an effective recruiting process, good employers will be able to smell a rat.
Now, maybe we could build in certain restraints to discourage abuse. Maybe require a certain number of posts on the forums? (Ugh, linking to the user database here sounds really complicated) Or possibly use some kind of registration policy so that if you are discovered to be abusive, you would be barred from using entering your information in the future (some how )
What’s cool is that the door swings both ways. Schools (large and small) are granted free access to this database without names. If they are reported to be “bad” employers (Lord knows how we could verify this – sounds like a headache), then they would lose access to the pool.
I was aiming for a database that pushed candidate qualifications ahead of other factors. It would reward experience, but also give new arrivals a place to be seen quickly.
I hope this kind of database would be built using PHP/MySQL or PHP/PostgreSQL (spelling?). We could propose to Maoman and his teaching moderators that we link it to Forumosa.com (I’m hoping to build a ‘tools’ page in the next few weeks). If you know someone who will be interested in taking on this project pro-bono, I’d make sure that they get due recognition (uh, fwiw )
Obviously, I haven’t been able to get this done. Now with Forumosa.com a bit more popular, I hope that it can reach people who will find this kind of project relatively easy to put together.
Please post your wishlist of features, functions, policies here, too. What I described above may simply not be manageable – but I would like to see a useful database that can really help both candidates and employers.