Release notes: Matador Jobs 3.5.6

Today, we released Matador Jobs 3.5.6. Many of our users were distributed an early version, however, so to lots of you, this isn’t news! This release held back because it was something we were very, very cautious to release, due to it necessarily containing a backward-incompatible change. Overall, this release has three notable bug fixes and a few others.

When the “Get Description” function does too much

Matador Jobs has a number of “public” functions. They are like tools in a toolbox for theme developers to use create rich, custom experiences. While lots of users never dive into those, choosing to instead use the default layouts provided by the Matador shortcodes, these functions are a key part of the promise we make to you when we say that Matador is fully customizable.

One of these public functions, however, behaved oddly since the day 1 release of Matador. Its name, description, and purpose implies that its job was fetch or display the job description, but instead it could also get the job information block and/or the job navigation block.

There were a number of work arounds, and whenever someone pointed out the confusing behavior that was, frankly, contrary to what our users expected, we’d give them the work-arounds.

Matador is still young, and while there are lots of you, there are lots more coming. We had a conversation with a developer building a Matador site and he convinced us that we needed to fix this, even if it would be a little painful.

This release contains a backward-incompatible change to fix this problem. This is our first of what should be few, if any, ever. Backwards-incompatible changes are changes that “break” something. Its possible this release will “break” the look and feel of your site.

Have no fear! For the next six months or more, you will be able to delay this update. There is an “Upgrade” option added to your Matador menu and give the opportunity to choose when this change is applied. It’s not complicated to prepare your site for the upgrade. Check out our upgrade guide.

More Changes In Response to Bullhorn December Update

If you’ll recall from the 3.5.5 release announcement, prior to 3.5.5 Matador stopped working due to changes made to Bullhorn’s API a few days earlier. The 3.5.5 release restored service, but the 3.5.6 release fully addresses all the changes made in December to the Bullhorn API so that we keep up with their similarly frenzied development cycles!

Shortcode Pagination on Front Page Works

The way WordPress treats the front page is different than the rest of the site, so we found that when our users deployed Matador on the front page of their site that sometimes pagination and search would not work. This hotfix includes a fix for that issue.

Other Updates

Typically, we collect a small number of bugfixes and hold them for release when prudent. Included in this update were the following bugfixes that made came about during the development:

  • Fixed issue with the “backfill” argument on the shortcode and function to list jobs.
  • Fixed issue where a public function was requiring an arguments array even though it wasn’t necessary and documentation declared it optional.

Matador Jobs 3.5.5

While under no circumstances would we find it prudent to issue an update to our software the weekend before a week of celebration and relaxation for most of the world, we must announce the release of Matador Jobs 3.5.5. We strongly encourage you all to please update your sites immediately!

An Emergent Issue Discovered

Beginning yesterday, we saw a number of our sites begin to encounter failures when submitting applications to Bullhorn for candidates who already existed in their Bullhorn account. This was causing our routine to encounter a breaking error, resulting in all applications affected becoming “stuck” and, for sites with the “sync applications” option set to “submit applications immediately”, was causing a site-breaking error for applicants.

Beginning Thursday, December 18th, Bullhorn began rolling out the 2019-December updates to the ATS and a majority of the clusters got the update on Friday, December 19th, which was when the issue was first reported to us. We feel this is no coincidence, and may imply one of the following:

  • We were not notified of a change to the API and we could not prepare our users for the update.
  • The update caused an error on Bullhorn’s platform, and we must wait for them to fix it.

After hours of attempts, we were unable to determine a fix for the issue. We submitted various notice to Bullhorn techs requesting assistance. Because we suspect the holiday may cause this issue to persist for a while, we turned our attention to finding a work-around to restore the functionality of Matador in the interim.

Note: You Lost No Data

Prior to the first release of Matador, as told in our story, Paul and Jeremy ran precursor solutions that would lose applicant data when communication with Bullhorn failed. One of Matador’s biggest launch features was to store application data locally until a successful communication with Bullhorn completed. This ensured that no data would be lost.

This is true for this issue too! You lost no data!

The Fix

With this release, we improved error handling for errors like these and notably gave Matador the ability to continue when a failure of this kind occurs. What does this mean?

  • If Matador cannot update the existing candidate (updates usually are of form-submitted information like new phone numbers or emails), Matador now can skip the update altogether. This means the new phone or new email will not be changed, but can still be accessed in the resume and would be included in the recruiter email notification (if you have those turned on).
  • Now that the process is able to continue, new files (resume, etc) will be uploaded to the candidate, and the candidate will be submitted to a job via a submission or web response depending on settings and if the application was connected to a job.
  • Your next automatic sync with Bullhorn will scoop up and sync all the previously “stuck” applications, and if your settings remove completed applications, they will be removed as should be.

Next Steps Regarding Restoring Functionality

We have support tickets submitted to Bullhorn and expect a response at the start of the week. We will continue to monitor this situation and restore the intended behavior you’ve come to expect as soon as we are able to. Thank you for your understanding and your support.

Other Updates

Typically, we collect a small number of bugfixes and hold them for release when prudent. Included in this update were the following bugfixes already certified for release but that we intended to save for a post New Year’s update.

  • Fixed an issue where attributes that inform the client-side form validator script were not included for form fields of the “select multiple” type. If your application contains form fields of that type and it has attributes defining it as required, this will now produce proper error messages for users trying to submit invalid forms.
  • Fixed another issue around the handling of candidate skills as returned from the resume parser. When the failure was encountered, Matador continued, so no applications were held back as a result of this issue.

Matador Shout-out in Bullhorn Tech Stacks Feature

Great to see one of our longtime clients, Bridgeview IT, included in Bullhorn’s useful new Tech Stacks feature.

Many thanks to Tim Glennie at Bridgeview for such a positive shout out for Matador Jobs. (Click on the Marketplace partner logos in the Tech Stacks examples for client comments and partner details).

Quote from Tim Glennie "Paul's team did a great job of integrating their tool into our existing tech stack. They are always optimizing the tool and helping us convert traffic from our site into quality candidate submittals and client leads."

Tech Stacks offers real life examples of how Bullhorn customers are leveraging the Marketplace’s Bullhorn partner ecosystem. It aims to provide inspiration and helpful information.

Needless to say, we are delighted to see Matador Jobs included.

If Bridgeview’s reflections on using Matador pique your interest, please reach out to us and book a demo.

Matador Jobs 3.5.4 Release

Tomorrow, following final feedback from a handful of our customers, we are releasing Matador Jobs 3.5.4. It contains a handful of changes, including two security updates and a handful of bugfixes that improve the stability of Matador.

Edit Friday, December 13, 2019 16:30: During final testing and feedback, we discovered continued issues around one of the bug fixes included in this release. This feedback was able to, we believe, finally quash this bug. That said, since everyone is going home for the weekend, we will be delaying distribution of this update until Wednesday, December 18th.

Security Fixes:

Security is important to us at Matador Software. While no code written is perfectly secure, we do our very best to follow best practices related to security and always research and question major decisions we make. We’ve also had our code reviewed by many developers who give us feedback and generally agree: Matador was made with security in mind. That said, we do find opportunities for improvement, and this hotfix release contains two security updates we feel will make your site safer:

“Message to Recruiters” No Longer Accepts HTML

We always envisioned the “Message to Recruiters” optional application field to be used also by businesses seeking to allow copy/paste HTML or Text resumes. That said, we’ve actually never seen anyone deploy Matador in this way.

For that reason, the data was filtered and sanitized (programmer speak for “made safe”) using fewer rules than other fields. While we filtered out potentially dangerous HTML and Javascript code, most HTML could be passed into your emails and Bullhorn. This was, I repeat, by design.

A client reported a spam application submission where the spammer was able to use HTML to mask a dangerous URL as a clickable section of text that did not appear to be a link (text was black and not underlined). The client did not click the link, but we agreed with them: that is not okay.

For your safety and security, the “Message to Recruiters” field will now remove all HTML. If you want or need a field where a user can submit HTML, eg: an HTML resume and/or code answer, let us know and we can help you create a custom field with that functionality.

Search Terms Sanitization Hardened

The search form submissions use HTTP GET requests, which appends search parameters to the URL. This is so you and your users can share specific searches with others. When investigating an issue a client was experiencing that ultimately was unrelated to Matador, we did find an a place where we felt we could improve the security of this functionality. We believe that there was not technically an exploitable opportunity for hackers, but we’d rather add an extra layer of safety where it seems prudent, and did just that.

Bugs Squashed:

In addition to those two important security changes, we also included 6 bugfixes in this release:

  • Fixed an issue where if an applicant put more than one space in their name, their application could fail in two ways, first in preventing a duplicate, and second in saving altogether. Protections were put in place to remove unnecessary spaces prior to processing a compound name.
  • Fixed an issue where a parsed resume might contain an empty “skills” object, which was causing some aspects of the Matador application processing to fail. We added protections to prevent failure and handle the empty skills object gracefully.
  • Fixed an issue causing Application Syncs to continue syncing to Bullhorn even when the setting was set to “off.” Oops! Fixed!
  • Fixed an issue where security escaping for the search form shortcode was too strong and disrupted the expected output. We were escaping output three times, and one of those escaping procedures was breaking the search form when a certain combination of options were selected. (See, sometimes we’re so security conscious we break things in the name of safety!)
  • Users of our WP Job Manager add-on will note that we removed options related to JSON+LD because WP Job Manager handles it separately. The settings could be set, but were ignored, so to prevent confusion, they were removed.
  • Users of our WP Job Manager add-on will also note new settings related candidate and recruiter email notifications were added. These options existed in Matador but were not being offered to WPJM users due to a bug.

Other Notable Changes:

  • Two new filters were added to allow for more granular handing of job data on a sync. One filter, related to the same behaviors, recently added in 3.5.0, was also deprecated and replaced with a more descriptively named filter. This replacement, however, inverted the boolean. The old version’s default was a false, while the new version is a true. Deprecation handling was added so if you were using it, there is no need for a change to your code any time soon.
  • The connection assistant offered an option to use the WEST USA 50 cluster. Unlike every other API datacenter, which even if not associated with your account, could be logged into and otherwise work as expected, WEST USA 50 could not be logged into. We theorize it is because you must be on WEST USA 50 to log in. We’ve temporarily disabled this option until a user associated with WEST USA 50 can help us test the option.
  • We improved descriptions of the setting on the options page related to when applications are processed.
  • We improved documentation in the template-functions.php file, which is a go-to file for developers implementing Matador. It is our most documented file, and we are constantly working to improve it so your developers are able to easily implement Matador.

Matador Jobs 3.5.3 Release

Today we are releasing Matador Jobs release 3.5.3. It contains a handful of bugfixes and internationalization changes to improve your Matador-powered website.

New “Feature”

While we follow semantic versioning, in a round-about-way, this release contains a new, backward compatible feature.

In version 3.4.0, we included a chunk of code designed to support more and more customizable form fields using our Advanced Applications extension, specifically form fields that in Bullhorn represent “to many” data types, like Candidate Categories or Skills.

Up to that point, no one was using it, so we didn’t have any real-world test cases for it, so we reserved our announcement until that happened. Since the 3.4.0 release, we had an opportunity with two clients to test it and they found a few bugs that were fixed in this release.

With those bug fixes, we can feel more confident in supporting a wider group of users, so we are making known the feature is now in “beta”. Like I said, its new a “round-about way”; its a feature that was technically already in the code, needed some bug fixes, and now is widely known.

If you are an All-Access subscriber and want help adding questions like “what of our business sectors would you categorize yourself into”, reach out to us.

Bugs Squashed:

  • We added error handling for the event where a candidate with “Private” status could not be modified by Matador. It still can’t, but now the candidate sync won’t fail. Let us know if you use Private status on candidates, and we’ll help you work with Bullhorn to enable API-management of private candidates.
  • When the Matador Application is generated dynamically, like by Javascript, there was an error that could be caused by passing the Bullhorn Job ID but not the WordPress Job ID. Now either one or both will work.
  • We found and fixed an error related to recruiter notification emails, where the email would fail to send if certain settings combination were right.
  • We were notified on an error by Eric C of Visual Notion where multiple taxonomy terms, comma separated passed into the shortcode would not show jobs from all categories even though the same behavior worked when passed into a search form or via URL. We fixed that. Thanks Eric!

Other Notable Changes:

  • We made a number of updates related Internationalization. Specifically we fixed issues causing four text strings to be not translatable and updated several translations in our Dutch language pack based on feedback from our users.

Matador Jobs 3.5.2 Release

Friday, we released Matador Jobs 3.5.2, a second patch release to the 3.5.x version of Matador that addresses a few issues found since 3.5.0’s or 3.5.1’s release.

Bugs Squashed:

  • We fixed an issue where a conflict could be created between our implementation of the open-source jQuery.validate() JavaScript library, which we provide for the purpose of form validation, and other plugin or theme use of the tool. When this was present, no forms would get validated, failing to notify the applicant when insufficient data is provided.
  • As part of this, we fixed a security issue where, either by disabling Javascript, failing to load the validation code, or maliciously manipulating form data, a user could bypass the required acceptance of the privacy policy fields.
  • We fixed an issue where an invalid email address submitted to the form would be properly rejected by Matador for security reasons but the user would not be notified.
  • We fixed an issue where multiple “admin notices” would stack, causing an overwhelming list of notices when logging in.
  • We fixed a bug where, during a specific combination of arguments, the Matador Jobs shortcode could fail due our handling of the many different ways the single shortcode is designed to work.

Other Notable Changes:

  • We changed a behavior associated with how Matador notifies you of failed communications with Bullhorn. Previously, our intent was to have every communication failure present an “admin notice” to a logged in WordPress administrator. This meant a warning, “your Matador Jobs is disconnected from Bullhorn” would be displayed. This error persisted even after our build-in connection recovery tool successfully re-established connection. With this release, if the connection recovery tool recovers the connection, the admin notice will be removed.
  • Fixed a spelling error in the default label for an uncommonly used application form field.

Matador Jobs 3.5.1 Release

Friday we released Matador Jobs 3.5.1, a patch/hotfix release to address a few issues found since 3.5.0’s release last week (or before) and add a new filter hook for increased customizability of Matador for our users.

New Features:

The sole new feature of this release was the addition of the new filter hook matador_data_source_status. This filter extends to the user the ability to change the status of the Candidate or the Job Submission created in Bullhorn from the default of either “New Lead” or “Submission” to any other value. Its second argument is $entity, and can be used to fine-tune your customization to either the candidate or submission objects.

Bugs Squashed:

  • We fixed an issue where, in certain versions of PHP, a namespacing error was causing an error message during job submission. Many of our users say multiple duplicate submissions, and this error may have caused user behavior to re-try.
  • We fixed an issue where the Candidate Traffic Source Tracking tool, which was extended for use with the Leads and Referrals All-Access Extension, was not properly referenced when creating new Leads objects.
  • We fixed an issue, introduced at the release of Matador Jobs 3.1.0 but only reported to us this week, where a recruiter email notification could fail when the WPJM Integration All-Access Extension is in use.
  • We fixed an issue, also created at Matador Jobs 3.0.0 release, where both the wrapper <div> and <form> element of the search form shared the same class name. We renamed the class for the containing <div>. This was a difficult bug fix to approach, because any of three logical approaches to fix it were all backward-incompatible. We encourage our users, upon upgrading to 3.5.1, to check the visual presentation of their search form, and if you notice a change, your CSS may need a simple change. If you need help, please let us know.

Matador Jobs 3.5.0 Release: Introducing Source Tracking

Matador Jobs 3.5.0 is the second major release of Matador Jobs in 2019, and our fifth overall major release since our launch in January 2018. We’ve had various pre-release versions out for testing for months, and we finally believe its ready for everyone! Let us introduce you to some of the highlights of this long-awaited release.

New Features

We consider a feature to be a change that adds usefulness to Matador for its users. Some features are simply new filters or actions most won’t use, while others are completely new tools everyone will find value in. 3.5.0 includes a lot of both!

Candidate Traffic Source Tracking

The biggest addition to Matador Jobs 3.5.0 is what we call “Candidate Traffic Source Tracking.” This new tool will attempt to determine where a visitor to your website originated, and pass useful data about that visit along to their Candidate and Job Submission or Web Response records in Bullhorn, allowing you, the site operator, to better understand where your traffic originates from.

Any website operator should monitor traffic sources, including and especially when you are pushing advertising onto your website. Generally, it is recommended you use Google Analytics or other traffic monitoring tools to do this. But even more important is knowing how to derive useful data from reports generated by those tools, and that is not easy.

Matador’s “Candidate Traffic Source Tracking” does not replace those tools, but it does provide an additional layer of tracking for your traffic that, unlike Google Analytics or similar tools, can actually communicate its findings into Bullhorn data.

Let’s say you are purchasing pay-per-click ads from an advertiser. They’ll have you install a “pixel” to your site so that they can follow traffic they initiate back to your site, but once that traffic is on your site, then what? An important step to purchasing ads is ensuring that once your paid traffic gets to your site, you get the desired result. This might be a sale, a newsletter sign up, etc. For a person driving ads to Matador-powered job listings, your desired result is a job application. Now, with the right setup, when you see a new candidate, job submission, or web response from a submission on your website, you will also be able to review the “Source” field on that record and know if that user found you because of that ad, your Google for Jobs listing, or something else.

There is a lot more to this, so check out our new help doc for Using Candidate Traffic Source Tracking.

Other New Features

While the “Candidate Traffic Source Tracking” is huge, we didn’t stop there. Here are some other changes that will power up Matador for you and your site:

  • A new setting lets you choose how the Job Category taxonomy is populated. Now you can populate from either the original “categories” value, or Bullhorn’s new “published category” value. This is especially helpful for newer Bullhorn customers who are using new workflows.
  • The Job Location taxonomy can now accept the value of “Job General Location”. This allows you to create taxonomy terms like “Phoenix, AZ” where in the past you could only create “Phoenix” or “Arizona”.
  • The Hiring Client Corporation name is now saved into job data, should you wish to create queries based on the hiring company or display the name of the company you’re hiring for. This is not displayed to the customer unless exposed by your developer.
  • Application processing now checks if a submitted resume is under 1mb (1024kb) and does an additional server-side check that the resume is of a valid extension. This fixes two issues caused by extremely large resumes and resumes that had a valid physical extension but a mismatched MIME type.
  • Previously, when an application was submitted to Bullhorn and a matching candidate was found, the name would not be updated with new data. In order to allow for subsequent applications to append a middle name, name suffix or prefix, or update a first name from a nickname to a legal, given name, name can now be updated by data from the resume.
  • In 3.4.0, we introduced a method for a site operator to track the most recent acceptance of the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. This was tracked into a Bullhorn candidate customDateXX field. Now, this can also be saved into a customTextXX field, and the value can be filtered to be simply TRUE or 1 if needed. Props to Scott R for the feature request!
  • Email confirmations to recruiters can now also be sent to the “Published Contact” in addition to “Job Owner” and “Assigned Users”.
  • The matador_jobs() function, and [matador_jobs] and [matador_jobs_*] shortcodes now accept a new parameter ‘paginate’. Pass false, “off”, or “no” to turn off page navigation when a job query can produce more results. Default is true, or “on”. (Some may consider this a bugfix, but our use cases for the shortcode were not clear in prior versions.)
  • The matador_jobs() function, and [matador_jobs] and [matador_jobs_*] shortcodes had the ‘limit’ parameter deprecated and renamed ‘jobs_to_show’ and the ‘minimum’ parameter deprecated and renamed ‘backfill’. This change, along with the addition of the ‘paginate’ parameter, helps to create more clear use cases while limiting confusion.
  • The text input fields in the Matador Search form are now wrapped in <div> tags, matching formatting for the taxonomy drop-downs and allowing greater control over styling to template designers.

That isn’t everything, but it covers the major changes! So now, let’s talk about some squashed bugs.

Bug Fixes

Matador is a big piece of code, and bugs are sure to exist. As Matador’s user base grows, our bugs are identified and quickly fixed. Here are some highlights:

  • Fixed an error where the Jobs Structured Data would not honor the setting ‘”Hiring Company” Data Source’ in certain cases, resulting in the Hiring Company Name, and not the Agency Name, being included in the structured data in certain cases. Props to Phil V. for the bug report.
  • Fixed issue where the new [matador_jobs_listing] and [matador_jobs_table] shortcut shortcodes were doing each other’s behavior.
  • Fixed an issue where the Bullhorn API would return a non-breaking warning when Matador updated an existing candidate in Bullhorn, which generally happens when an applicant applies for more than one job in the same 2-year period. This was not causing any issue at this time, but could in the future.
  • Fixed issue where taxonomy drop-down menus with method set as “link” would fail to trigger page reload automatically.
  • Fixed an issue where large resume file sizes (larger than 1mb) would cause a Bullhorn Candidate/Submission sync to fail. Now, sync will continue, but may fail completely later on if not enough user data was required by the form. (Related, also, the new filesize check feature, listed above.)
  • Fixed an issue where job description would not properly display when using the [matador_jobs] shortcode or the matador_jobs() template function outside of a standard loop.
  • Generally refactored how uploads are stored on the server to fix filesystem issues when a user hosted on a Windows IIS server environment. Note: Thank you to this user for allowing us to fully test Matador on IIS for the first time. While we still don’t officially support IIS, we can confidently say Matador works on Windows hosting.
  • Fixed an issue affecting the frequency at which local application data was automatically deleted.
  • Fixed an issue causing some intended HTML to be escaped, causing a visual error, when using specific settings with some Matador Shortcodes.

Other Notes

In addition to these new features and bug fixes, here are few more notes about this release:

  • Matador is tested up to WordPress 5.2.3
  • Matador is tested up to PHP 7.2.18
  • Matador now requires PHP 7.0+. While it will continue to work on PHP 5.6, all new major features will be developed to PHP 7.0+ specs, including the “Candidate Traffic Source Tracking” feature. That means these new features will not load in PHP 5.6 environments. We will completely require PHP 7.0 in a future version, so start upgrading now, if you haven’t already!
  • Matador now supports the new Bullhorn datacenters added recently. Note: Bullhorn is making it more difficult to determine your datacenter, and we are working on a method to determine datacenter automatically in a future update.

Updates to Matador Jobs Pro All Access Extensions

Given the size of this update, many Matador Jobs Pro All Access extensions also saw minor or major changes with today’s release.

All

  • Now tested up to WordPress 5.2.3
  • Requires at least Matador Jobs 3.5.0
  • Updated how jobs are searched, if applicable, based on changes in core that prevent duplication of jobs.

XML Feeds

  • Now include utm_* variables in your feed URL, ie /feed/?utm_source=indeed&utm_medium=aggregator to take advantage of new Candidate Traffic Source Tracking.

Leads & Referrals

  • If reCAPTCHA extension is enabled, add reCAPTCHA to forms generated by Leads & Referrals.
  • Updated deprecated filter name.

reCAPTCHA

  • Force the reCAPTCHA to be the last field in a form, always.

Advanced Applications

  • Fixes bug for when site is not connected Bullhorn, settings page can still load.
  • Better support for associative field types, notably categories and skills.
  • Number of additional filters and actions.
  • Number of bug fixes.

Looking Forward

Looking forward, we have exciting updates in both the next week and in the next few months.

Two New All Access Extensions

Next week, we will be releasing two new All Access Extensions that All Access subscribers of Matador will be able install to improve and extend Matador’s usefulness.

The first is our Social Web Suite integration. Social Web Suite is a powerful social sharing platform for WordPress. Users of Matador who would like new job opportunities to be auto-posted (or otherwise easily shared) to social media, including LinkedIn and Twitter, may find this a powerful tool to add to their site.

The second is called Company Profiles. This add-on will help web site operators highlight the companies they are hiring for. While we know some users of Matador choose to hide this information, some find value in promoting the company alongside the job. Company Profile will import information from the ClientCorporation record in Bullhorn as well as give site-level tools, like adding a company logo, and build a profile page for the company while showing jobs for the company.

Roadmap for 3.6 and beyond

With 3.5.0 officially launched, we are also looking forward to working on a few key new features and enhancements we want to put into your hands soon, some we hope by year-end. They include:

  • WP-CLI commands. WP-CLI is a command-line management tool for WordPress sites, and a tool of choice of highly efficient WordPress developers and hosting companies alike. Not only do we want various commands like connect, disconnect, and sync available to WP-CLI users, we also want to provide WP-CLI commands for the purpose of setting up true CRON tasks that are run at the server, as opposed to site, level.
  • REST API. In order to support the next items on this list, we will be adding a custom endpoints for the WP-JSON REST API. This will help us add support for Gutenberg and asynchronous data loading, but it will also enable users to push jobs to more external sources (ones that require JSON as opposed to XML) as well as build “headless” WordPress sites.
  • Gutenberg support. Paul and I both love WordPress’s new editor, code-named Gutenberg. That said, Gutenberg is for editing posts, and for a tool like Matador that only imports posts, it isn’t really our thing. That said, we will be adding custom Gutenberg blocks to supplement our shortcodes and exploring how we can support the Gutenberg editor for your jobs.
  • AJAX/asynchronous loading for job data in shortcodes. If I were to describe the last few years of WordPress, it could be told in the development of Gutenberg and the surge of Managed WordPress hosting. The former we’ve just talked about, but the latter matters also, because with Managed WordPress has come aggressive caching to improve WordPress load speeds. We’re finding that users who employ the Matador Jobs shortcodes to power jobs pages are sometimes not seeing their cache clear when a job is added. This is easily fixed by a server-level setting, but we plan to circumvent this need by beginning to also load job data asynchronously upon page load. This also will give us the opportunity to extend more robust, near-instant search results and sorting to your pages, improving the user experience.
  • LUCENE search. Ask any WordPress developer how good search is in WordPress, and they’ll say “it isn’t.” That is because truly relevant searching is a difficult task to accomplish generically and instead varies greatly on each site’s data structure. For this reason, WordPress search is simple to a fault. We aren’t going to try to solve that problem, but we are planning and pass user searches asynchronously into Bullhorn’s new LUCENE search tool and get results based on Bullhorn’s robust search results. We aren’t sure yet if this will be an included core feature or a new All Access add on, but we will be getting to work on this very soon!

Fin.

Well, I feel like I’ve been typing for days. In fact, I’ll admit, we’ve been “done” for about 10 days and the only thing holding back the formal release has been this incredible project of writing these release notes!

I hope you can see how hard Paul and I have been at work on Matador, even though some of you haven’t per se heard from us lately. And we’re definitely not done yet; there’s lots more to come.

Thank you again for all your support, trust, and in some cases, patience, as our small team builds something amazing for you and your business.

Matador Jobs: Reflecting on Our First Year

As Bullhorn’s Engage 2019 came to a close, it seems like a good time to reflect on our exciting first year for Matador Jobs, especially how it has grown and the improvements we have made.

Last year’s Bullhorn Engage conference was a huge milestone; it marked our official public launch after a year of development and close work with a group of early adopters. It was a fantastic opportunity to interact directly with some of the Bullhorn team, as well as Bullhorn clients. Best of all, even though we had spent many months hammering out the code together, it was the first time that my partner Jeremy and I met in person!

Paul and Jeremy, Matador Jobs, at Engage Boston 2018
Paul and Jeremy of Matador Jobs at Engage Boston, 2018

A year on, we are proud to be listed on the Bullhorn Marketplace as the only Marketplace Partner offering a WordPress/Bullhorn solution.

Matador Jobs have been the best Marketplace Partner I have dealt with and I am blown away by how responsive they are.  They not only email me back but are willing to give guidance and really care about how my jobs and the rest of my site functions within Bullhorn.

Sean De Vore
President
De Vore Recruiting
devorerecruiting.com

During this time, we have released three major updates (with another due any day!), as well as several minor updates and hotfixes. We’ve also extended Matador with an additional four add-ons, available at no extra cost to all our All Access clients.

Feature Highlights

  • Full support for the Google Indexing API, providing a big search traffic boost as a result of almost instant Google job indexing (included in Matador All Access and Pro)
  • Improvements to templates, with greater ease and more extensibility of customization
  • The addition of an optional meta block to the job listing details to get you going without the need for coding
  • Contextual navigation buttons for all job listings
  • Deep links into Bullhorn so that one-click from WordPress takes you to the same data in Bullhorn
  • Lots of ‘under the hood’ improvements to provide increased stability and customization opportunities
  • The brand-new Advanced Applications add-on (All Access only) which allows you to add any Bullhorn candidate field as a question in your application form with just a couple of clicks

 Our jobs are ranking more strongly with less work because of the Matador Pro plugin.

Beth Varela
Marketing & Operations
SkyWater Search Partners
Skywatersearch.com

Maintenance and Documentation

We’ve also worked continuously throughout the year on maintenance and bug fixes – please keep on telling us when your run into a problem; your feedback helps us to make Matador even better!

Likewise, slowly but surely, our documentation is becoming more comprehensive as we respond to help requests – we are continuing to work on this.

Paul and Jeremy have both been incredibly helpful, responsive, quick and have implemented new features based on our needs as a client.

If you are looking for a way to utilize your instance of Bullhorn with WordPress, Matador is incredible value with individualized support and ongoing updates.

Matthew Leavitt
Marketing & IT Manager
MOUNTAIN LTD
www.MOUNTAINLTD.com

Google Indexing API for WP Job Manager Plugin

Sometimes one thing leads to another. As a footnote to our work on the Google Indexing API for Matador, it wasn’t much of a leap to realize that this functionality could be useful for other job-boards. We already have a Matador add-on to provide WP Job Manager integration so we decided to wrap the relevant fragment of the code we developed for Matador into an additional dedicated plugin for users of WP Job Manager.

Matador Jobs clients

As word gets out, our client base has been growing steadily – we are so encouraged by and grateful for the positive feedback we have received from our clients.

Thank you for your support!

Exactly what I needed to make our site how I wanted it . . . and all in-house! If you are working in WordPress, this is a no-brainer.

Scott R 
The Ian Martin Group
https://ianmartin.com

For more detailed information Matador updates, please read the release notes on our Blog.

Google Indexing API for WP Job Manager Plugin Launch

One of the key new features we included in the 3.4.0 Matador release was full support for the Google Indexing API. We are now delighted to be able to offer the Google Indexing API for WP Job Manager Plugin to non-Bullhorn users of WP Job Manager.

Google created its Indexing API so that Google Jobs can be informed in real time when a job is posted or removed from a job board.

The API allows you to PUSH notifications that you have published a new job or deleted a filled job so that Google adds/removes your jobs in REALTIME.

By making use of this, when you post a job it is included in the Google Job Search results almost instantly, giving you an important advantage.

Similarly, filled jobs are removed promptly and are no longer indexed in Google so your job-seekers should never end up on a 404 page.

By implementing the Google Indexing API for WP Job Manager Plugin you don’t have to wait for Google to get around to crawling your site and add your jobs to their job search index.

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If you are using Matador Jobs Pro or All Access, you already have this functionality available, though it does have to be set up.

Are you still thinking about whether to use Matador to power your job board with Bullhorn Jobs? We believe that it is our commitment to ongoing development and innovative features like this that make Matador Jobs the tool you need.