A little while ago I published a post describing an InnovateUK-funded project investigating the use of complex search strategies in the workplace, and how we were undertaking some qualitative research interviewing professionals from various sectors. I’m pleased to report that this work is progressing nicely, with some good outputs so far (which we are happy to share in due course). It turns out so far that the search problems faced by ostensibly unrelated professions actually have a lot more in common than we’d anticipated, even though the strategies for solving those problems rely on seemingly parochial approaches and proprietary tools.
So now is a good time to start thinking about the second phase of the project, in which we hope to gain a deeper, quantitative insight into the observations from the first phase. The first element of this consists of the following survey, which is aimed specifically at the recruitment industry:
Now, I’m aware that this blog probably doesn’t quite make the top 10 online destinations for busy recruiters, and there may instead be other forums we should be targeting (we’re currently working on this). But in the interest of leaving no stone unturned, I’m including it here, with a polite request to pass on the message to any colleagues in the recruitment industry. Likewise, if you know of any better forums or communities to circulate this, we’d love to hear about them.
It’s just 7 pages long and takes around 15 minutes to complete. We’re happy to share the results with anyone who contributes, and as an additional incentive there is prize draw with $100 in Amazon vouchers available to one lucky entrant. So please pass the message on!
- User requirements for complex search strategies
- UXLabs ‘Internships’ for 2015
- A taxonomy of search sessions
- A language for search and discovery
- Mining search logs for usage patterns (part 2)