For the unemployed, Job Search iPhone app fills the position

Sep 1, 2009
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As the economy continues to falter and unemployment rates hover around 10 percent, the Job Search app from Indeed.com is one of many iPhone apps that have popped up to help people find employment. But unlike other quality job search applications out there, this one is free. Just type in your location and specify what […]

As the economy continues to falter and unemployment rates hover around 10 percent, the Job Search app from Indeed.com is one of many iPhone apps that have popped up to help people find employment. But unlike other quality job search applications out there, this one is free.

Just type in your location and specify what type of job you’re searching for by title, keyword or company. If any of the postings interest you, e-mail it to yourself or a friend, or view the job description and apply online. If you want to reference a job posting you viewed a few days ago, recent searches are stored and displayed the next time you open the app.

Job Search has been rated number one in the business category for free apps, and it does a great job of pulling from different job boards to find open positions. The major problem with the app is its lack of sorting filters. Jobs should be searchable by date or relevance. As it stands, there are no advanced sorting options, which mean that ultimately, you’ll have to wade through a lot of unrelated job postings.

Though the app is extremely simple to use, it lacks the comprehensiveness of major job search engines. You can type in keywords such as “entry level sales representative,” but the iPhone app does not allow for comprehensive job searches. The app should be designed more like Indeed’s Web site, which includes refinements such as salary estimate, location, title, and job type (full-time, part-time, contract, internship, temporary).

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To summarize, Job Search is an easy and straightforward app that does a great job of finding job listings, but it doesn’t sort job listings by date. However, the app stores previous keyword searches so that you can reference job postings you have already viewed.

Job Search certainly ranks among the best of the more than 1,700 jobs and employment search-related apps available in the iTunes App store. For a free app, it’s a no-brainer to download. If Job Search takes care of some its problem areas, it will receive a higher rating than 3 out of 5 bars.

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