This morning I received a cheerful email invitation to “meet LinkedIn Job Search: a smart app that simplifies your job hunt.” If you’re as mildly intrigued as I was, read on.
According to LinkedIn, with the new app, “opportunity doesn’t just knock. It also sends notifications.” Clever enough tagline, but job-search alerts are nothing new. Indeed and TheLadders’ apps both offer push notifications, for example.
Other features highlighted in the email:
- Location-based search — again, standard for other job-search apps (and the original LinkedIn app and website already offer this feature), but maybe this one can deliver more specific results, I mused. That’d be handy for those who want to limit their commute or work close to their parents or their kids’ school, for example.
- Ability to apply quickly with your LinkedIn profile — meh. You can do that with competitors’ apps, too, as well as on LinkedIn’s other offerings.
- The freedom to hunt for a new job without your connections knowing — to my knowledge (and dear God I hope I’m correct about this), LinkedIn doesn’t broadcast what job ads you’ve clicked on or applied to.
Un-wowed but still open-minded, I downloaded the app anyway and conducted a search for “editor” and “Farmers Branch, TX.” The results: