LinkedIn Job Search App: Does It Really Simplify Your Hunt?

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:

LinkedIn App Search

So, two hits for jobs in McKinney and one for Grand Prairie on the first screen. I’m scratching my head here, because I know for a fact there are a few editor job openings much closer to Farmers Branch. The app does let users set a location radius, but the minimum is 10 miles. I’d like to be able to target an even smaller area. Also … CNC Machinist? When I searched for “editor?” Go home, LinkedIn. You’re drunk.

I will say that the blue labels indicating a new posting are handy for frequent searchers. Otherwise, unbundling strategy notwithstanding, from a user’s perspective, I can’t see how the LinkedIn Job Search app is a major improvement over the original.