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Old 24 November 2009, 12:38   #11
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John - would it be worthy of a 'Commercial Drivers Available' sticky thread - then people can add their names with probably a standardised format of content... Is there a way that you can make those posts 'editable' so people can add their name and then ammend the quals, experience etc as time goes on?
Unless it has changed recently, time limits on editing posts are global. I'll look into it though.
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... or given that peoples availability it highly dynamic is it better for people just to post a 'skipper wanted' thread when required?
Probably!

I'll think about having a work wanted/available section, but I'll need to have a look back and see how much traffic there actually is.
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Old 24 November 2009, 12:40   #12
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Maybe just an addition the the Trade Directory section could work well?
Possibly, but the track record of updating information is currently not good.

A skippers section might start well, but I can see it soon ending up going back to "skipper wanted" threads, but with the added aggro of having contacted a load of people first who weren't available!
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Old 24 November 2009, 13:19   #13
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Possibly, but the track record of updating information is currently not good.
Can you add a custom field to the User CP? "Quals" and have a standard set of abbreviations, that way someone looking for a skipper could use the search function for everyone with a certain qualification.
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The we'd need to look at what information we hold, and who has access to it. Is it enough to just be able to PM people, or email via the forums? Or would you want mobile numbers for instance?
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I think email and a contact number would be good.!

Malthouse post makes sense is it feasible if you were inclined to do it.

About 18 months agp I put up and advert looking for a driver. I stated the tickets I was looking for and the pay and the length of work. The pay was just under 2k a week so a few people were attracted.

Six of the responses didn't have the tickets and three of them said they would be prepared to do the work if I PAID for the tickets, which you'll appreciate didn't do it for me.

I also got a few calls asking me what the qualifications meant, which I found a distraction. I'm disinclined to adverise looking for guys on Ribnet again but I'd happily contact someone who'd posted looking for work with the relevant qualifications
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Im not sure what the problem is with posting a job when you have one, if I was a freelancer I would prefer to respond to specific posts rather than appear on a list that was continually going out of date. I would then choose who I applied to.

Current commercial part of forum seems fine to me- I don't think it needs tarnished with a sticky post.
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Bloody hell Dougie far from me to want to tarnish the Forum. I'll withdraw my suggestions forthwith.
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I would prefer to respond to specific posts rather than appear on a list that was continually going out of date. I would then choose who I applied to.
When I'm available for work I send my CV off to a few agencies, when a suitable job comes in they give me a call asking if I'm interested and take it from there.

An easy way would be a simple toggle indicator like when your online. If your available for work its on, that way no updating of posts with an availability list etc, it does mean JK has some more work though.
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I would have thought that it would be easier to just start a thread for Skippers / Crew needed, then wait for replies, that way you wouldn't have to troll through a register of guys trying to find out who's available and who isn't. Then its a case of a phone call - e mail to clarify qualifications. If you were looking for Skippers /Crew on a regular basis you would soon suss out the time wasters.
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About 18 months agp I put up and advert looking for a driver. I stated the tickets I was looking for and the pay and the length of work. The pay was just under 2k a week so a few people were attracted.

Six of the responses didn't have the tickets and three of them said they would be prepared to do the work if I PAID for the tickets, which you'll appreciate didn't do it for me.

I also got a few calls asking me what the qualifications meant, which I found a distraction. I'm disinclined to adverise looking for guys on Ribnet again but I'd happily contact someone who'd posted looking for work with the relevant qualifications
If you do it again then it might be worth adding a line to say that the particular qualifications are an absolute requirement to make it crystal clear to any chancers.

Also how about starting a new thread with information about the various qualifications/schemes/equivalents etc? That way people wouldn't need to ask what " Commercial APB or higher with BOSIET including HUET & EBS" means! I'm not surprised you had people asking about the quals if it might offer them a route to 2k a week!
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