This year the American Economic Association started a signaling process where each candidate can signal interest in up to two departments through a centralized AEA web site. The AEA also organizes a meeting each January whose main purpose is to provide a centralized location for job candidates and departments to have short interviews with each other.
In the computer science job market, departments start off interviewing similar sets of top candidates and until those settle do schools start looking at the next tier of still rather strong applicants. The CS academic hiring season starts in January and often lasts through June or later and this year is shaping up to be no exception.
Structurally the fields of computer science and economics have much in common—culturally diverse fields from the very theoretical to the very applied. But when it comes to the academic job market, economics and most other fields have a structured process that streamlines the search while CS remains quite ad hoc. Computer science needs some central authority to bring some organization to the process but beyond posting paid listings, the ACM and CRA currently do little to facilitate the hiring process.