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New iOS app delivers mobile job opportunities

Recruitment website, jobandtalent, the platform that matches candidates to jobs from across the web using its innovative linguistics-based algorithm – has launched a free iOS app that aims to revolutionise the mobile recruitment space.

By delivering relevant and targeted job opportunities directly to users’ mobile devices, as well offering the option to apply for positions through the app itself, jobandtalent aims to ensure that jobseekers never miss a top employment opportunity, no matter where it is listed online and no matter where they are.

In regards to mobile recruitment, co-founder, Juan Urdiales comments, “A large number of our users already accessed jobandtalent from their mobile devices via the mobile site that was launched at the start of this year, and it makes sense that people want to check for new jobs that match their profile while on the go. We wanted to give our users an even more streamlined and compelling user experience, integrating features available within native apps such as push notifications. While currently available for iOS, we anticipate that also Android and iPad versions will be available by the end of the year.”

How the app works:

Having registered, a user can import their CV from LinkedIn, or alternatively email it as an attachment that the system will automatically import to their jobandtalent profile, making it as convenient as possible to create a profile from the mobile. Once this profile is complete, the jobandtalent algorithm gets to work seeking out suitable openings that match a user’s experience, preferences and requirements from over one million job postings across the web.

The recommended jobs delivered to a user’s inbox are identified by the unique jobandtalent algorithm, which was developed in collaboration with HR and big data experts, as well as PhDs from the Research Institution for Applied Linguistics at Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona. The algorithm identifies linguistic patterns within the structure and phrasing of both job adverts and CVs, converting them into data points that match candidates with suitable job opportunities listed online.

Jobandtalent keeps looking for potential matches even when the user is not actively using the app. As and when relevant job opportunities are identified, users are notified via push notifications – replicating the phone call candidates might receive from a headhunter when a new vacancy becomes available. 

The app’s interface is simple to use and adapts intelligently to a user’s preferences. The app creates a feed of job recommendations, and users can manage this list easily by swiping left/right to discard or save them. The algorithm then learns from and adapts to a user’s feedback in this way. As well as the automated suggestions identified by the algorithm, users are able to search, email and save more than 1 million job listings in the United States and Europe. These job descriptions are pulled from different recruitment boards across the web, and can be filtered by job type, location, and other factors.

On the move behaviour

Felipe Navio, co-founder and product lead of jobandtalent, also notes: “People behave differently when they are using a mobile rather than a desktop. In the App Store, you can see that countless developers have rethought user experiences and adapted them to mobile successfully, however, in the recruitment space, this development has yet to really take off. In part, I think this is because most current job apps simply replicate an existing desktop experience, whereas we have tried to re-imagine the user experience for mobile – creating an intuitive, beautiful app that adapts to a user’s behaviour and preferences.” 

Once the candidate is interested in applying for a particular job (whether by searching manually or from the algorithm’s suggestions), he or she is able to apply for the position directly through the jobandtalent app with one click, without having to sign up and upload their CV to the individual job board or site where the vacancy is listed. This feature is called & lsquo;Apply For Me’, costs &pound0.69 per application, and uses both technology and human supervision to ensure the candidate’s application has been processed fully and completely. Using jobandtalent’s ’Apply for Me& lsquo; feature saves users a significant amount of time, and effectively allows candidates to apply to jobs from their mobile whilst on the go.

As co-founder Felipe Navio observes, “Once we started developing the jobandtalent app, we were frustrated by the fact that users had to register in several different places in order to apply for the jobs, some of them were not mobile friendly, and others asked for information users didn’t necessarily have readily available on their mobile. By creating the “Apply for Me” function, we were able to streamline the whole process, saving users significant time and effort. We are still experimenting with the pricing structure, but felt it was important to offer this option, as it is something completely unique to jobandtalent and genuinely beneficial to our registered users.”                                  

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