Counting job records and career titles

When comparing careers software, it is important to recognise the difference between 'job records' and 'career titles'.

Job records

This is the count of the number of careers or jobs in a product. Each job record is about a job or some very closely-related jobs. That job may be known by several different titles, but it is still one job record.

Career titles

This is the count of the number of job names (or 'career titles') in a product. It is typically much higher than the count of careers, because one job may be known by several different job titles. 'Van Driver' for example may also be known as 'Driver, Van', 'Goods Van Driver', and 'Delivery Van Driver'. That is one career (or job record), but 4 career titles.

Careersoft's preferred measurement

Careersoft's preferred measurement is the count of job records (sometimes called the count of careers). We think this is the most straightforward and meaningful figure, and the information that the user expects.

To allow comparison with products from other providers, some of which only publish the 'career titles' figure without providing a figure for their number of job records, Careersoft also provide the 'career titles' figure.

Mis-spelt job titles and 'did you mean' references

Jed is often able to help users find the job they are looking for even when the user has spelt the job wrong or is looking for a job by the wrong name.

For example

  • A search for 'Farmacist' will suggest 'Pharmacist'.
  • A search for 'Pharmer' will suggest various 'Farmer' jobs.
  • A search for 'Docter' will suggest 'Doctor'.
  • A search for 'Lawyer' will suggest 'Solicitor'.

Careersoft do not include these 'did you mean?' search terms in calculating the totals of job records and career titles.

Last updated 12 May, 2016