It’s no secret – 2008 has not been the highpoint of the American economy. With record numbers of layoffs and downsizing, chances are that some of you out there might be in need of a job. After reading a bit more about Jen’s appointment to TSheets via conversations with Matt on and off Twitter, I thought it might be a good time to take the temperature and see just what other web2.0 technologies are out there making the dreaded job search just a bit easier.
While I found a bunch that can help you network and increase your chances of making a connection which eventually leads to a job, outside of grinding through Craigslist, there wasn’t a whole lot o’ tech that actually puts job ads in your hand. Until I found JobCompass.
JobCompass is a new app for the iPhone that allows for location based job searches and plots them on a map for you based on your location. JobCompass will then allow you to search by geographic range (5, 10, 25, 50, and 100 mile radius) and specific jobs based on keyword search. Once you’ve found a position you’re interested in, it’s relatively simple to email yourself with a link to the job ad, or you can open the listing in Safari, and apply for the job directly (warning: Bluetooth keyboard recommended).
Currently, JobCompass utilizes Indeed.com’s API to pull job data, but plans are already in the works to include Monster, HotJobs, Dice and others to create the most extensive mobile job search application available.
Creator Titus Blair explains,
Current website solutions are not ideal since they do not pinpoint your location to provide you with job listings in relation to where you are at the moment. I was also traveling regularly and thought it would be interesting to see what jobs were available in my field in the cities and places I was visiting.
Currently, JobCompass will only list jobs based on your current location. Great if you have no plans of moving, but if Seattle has been calling your name for ages, JobCompass won’t do you any good unless you’re within 100 miles of the Emerald City. Fear not though, Blair and company are already working on developing a version that will allow the user to select the area that they’d like to search in.
While JobCompass is probably not going to replace your main resources for the job search, at the nominal iTunes store price of $3.99, it very well might make a great addition to any job seekers arsenal, and an indispensible tool for recruiters.