While LinkedIn Corp (NYSE:LNKD) has over 300 million users in over 200 countries, the new stand alone app is presently only being rolled-out for users of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) phones and tablets.
“More than 40 percent of you are currently using mobile to look at jobs on LinkedIn,” the company said in its announcement. “We get it. It can be hard to search for a job while you’re at your desk, not to mention the potentially awkward conversation with your current boss. Our goal is to help make this process easier for you and to help you be discreet.”
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LinkedIn’s App functions
Users need only download the app from the App Store, login using their existing LinkedIn information and begin navigating through available jobs at the bottom of the screen. Users can search through jobs, browse through a series of recommended jobs and save and track the jobs for which they’ve already applied.
Users can search based on keywords, job title and location and search and the results can be filtered by most recent, geographical proximity, and relevance. There are heaps of additional filters that include job function, seniority level, industry among others.
Once users find a job that interests them they have the option of saving the job for later or to apply for the job by clicking a blue button labeled “Apply.” Once a job is applied to it joins others in a special cache that users can track back through using a button at the bottom of the screen.
Push notifications and privacy
Lastly, the app includes a notification center that alerts the user when an application is viewed or when a new job becomes available that matches saved search criteria. Notifications will be sent by push notification if a user toggles that function “on.”
The company made it very clear in the announcement that all searches and applications filed are private and are not added to your profile.
“Landing your dream job can feel like a full-time job,” says LinkedIn. “So we wanted to make it easier to find, research, and apply for your next opportunity by maximizing your ‘in between’ moments. The next time you’re in a line for coffee or stuck waiting for a delayed flight, why not jump start your job search from your phone.”
International users of LinkedIn and Android users will have to wait but the company promises that additional versions of the stand-alone app will be made available in the near future.