I don’t need to tell you that finding a job can be hard. With our economy shrinking by the day and our forced competition with people across the world, finding a decent job that will allow you to support yourself continues to grow difficult. Thankfully, people smarter than myself have thought about this and are doing their best to help us find work.
Authentic Jobs is one such example. Built by Cameron Moll, Authentic Jobs is a job board for creative professionals, connecting prospective employers with a large pool of talented and passionate job hunters. Authentic Jobs has just released their iPhone app, and we’ve got a full review today.
Finding a Job, for Free
One of the things that might be important to mention right out of the gate is that Authentic Jobs is free for job hunters; instead of charging you to connect with a company that’s posted a job, Authentic Jobs charges the company for the listing.
This is a novel approach that makes all too much sense. If a company is in a position of hiring someone for a long-term or well-paying position they should be able to afford the $99 posting fee; if they can’t, it’s doubtful that you’ll want to be doing business with them.
From the beginning, Authentic Jobs is designed to help you get in touch with companies that are worth seeking a position with.
Finding a Job on the Board
When you first launch Authentic Jobs you’re met with their default screen, a complete job board with a list of open positions. Authentic Jobs has a focus on finding web professionals for companies large and small, allowing you to find work with a narrow focus.
The initial board gives you a good scope of how large Authentic Jobs really is. There are many listings, and I imagine that scrolling through to each one would quickly tire someone’s thumb to the point of exhaustion. Thankfully, Authentic Jobs has thought about this and incorporates a few different ways of narrowing down the results.
First is through the large, colored bar along the top. By tapping on one of the options (Full-time, Contract, Freelance, Internship) you’re shown jobs that either don’t include the activated button (if you’re running from the default view) or that only show the activated button (if you tap the others out). Not ready to commit? Look for a freelance position. Need to provide for a family? Full-time might be the way to go.
Second is the ability to narrow down the job listings by category. Many web-related categories are here, from Front-end Development to Information Architecture to Management. By using this in conjunction with the nav-bar along the top you can find a Freelance App-development job with three taps.
Viewing Jobs by Company
Let’s say that you really want to work with a certain company above all others. With the bottom navigation bar you can choose Companies, taking you to an alphabetical listing of each company that currently has a listing on the service. Selecting a company will take you to their current listings, allowing you to browse by the company instead of the job title with ease.
Of course, you can also search for a certain company to avoid that repetitive scrolling that I mentioned earlier. There’s also the alphabetical scrolling made popular with the iPod: by tapping along the overlaid alphabet on the right side of the screen you can drag your thumb (or other phelange) and be taken directly to the letter of your choice.
Job Listings on the Map
Okay, being able to search by type and company is great for people that might be able to work anywhere, or have a decent amount of portability. Let’s say that this isn’t an option for some, as they’re tied to a certain area or aren’t comfortable working in a virtual office; Authentic Jobs has you covered.
By tapping over to the Locations pane you can view jobs on the default Google Maps view. Red pins will cover your screen upon first launch as you’re given a macro view of your region. By reverse-pinching (someone really needs to name this gesture better than I have) on the map you can narrow down results proportionally, viewing something in the geographic region that you’d like to work in.
Favorites and Other Actions
Okay, so you’ve found a job that you really like. You don’t want to even attempt applying via your iPhone, but you’re running late for an important meeting and you don’t want to forget the job. What’s a guy (or gal) to do? Why, add the job to your Favorites, of course!
Adding a job into the Favorites section is as easy as sliding your finger across a listing. You’re given several options to act on the listing, from Tweet and Share (why they’re divided is beyond me) to viewing the company’s Website or Applying directly via email.
This ability to act quickly on a listing is a godsend, allowing you to perform a desired action quickly and accurately. If I were to have one complaint it would be that the swipe gesture is a bit sensitive, and if I tried to swipe on the first few listings in a category I would often end up refreshing the feed by accident.
The Listing Itself
Alright. You’re sick of hearing about all of the different ways Authentic Jobs can help you find a job. I get that. Let’s talk instead about what type of information you’ll be presented with once you actually select a job that you’re interested in.
Everything that you would expect from a professional job listing is here. There’s often a brief overview of the company (especially if the company is smaller or not that well-known) and a description of the job’s responsibilities and requirements. This is standard fare, as most employers wouldn’t want you applying for a job without you being aware of what the responibilities are and whether or not you’re qualified for the position.
All of the actions and sections described earlier can be acted on through the listing’s view. You can Tweet, Share, Favorite or Apply for a job from directly within this detailed view, see the company’s information, and check on where the company is geographically located.
If you’re looking for a job that has to do with the web, Authentic Jobs should be your first stop. The iPhone app is incredibly well designed, easy to navigate and responsive, allowing you to check for new openings quickly and painlessly.
With all of the power of the application, the fact Authentic Jobs is free should make it a no-brainer if you’re looking for work or might be in the future. Download the app and start enjoying job hunting again.