I'm currently looking for a job. I thought it would be nice to have a tool that analyzes the current job market by extracting job postings and analyzing the keywords. That would allow me to see what skills are most sought after among other things.
What's the best and easiest way to approach the problem? Where is the best place to get the data? I could simply crawl monster.com, but somehow I think there must be an easier way. Any suggestions?
Crawling sounds like a good option (use curl or something), but don't most of those job search services allow you to receive e-mail notifications when a job matching your criteria is submitted as well as provide statistics on the jobs themselves?
I don't really want any specific statistic. What I want is access to the job descriptions themselves. That will allow me to analyze the data in any way I want. For instance, I could find out what the most demanded skill is with the least amount of experience required right now. If I kept a history of this data, I could identify trends in the demand for particular skills.
It would be nice if I didn't have to crawl a site, but could get direct access to the data through an API or something similar. I thought Google Base might be an option, but I don't think there's an API for it.