I recently used the Indeed.com mobile app, which I really like. It’s very simple, one focus, find jobs.
If you’re not familiar with Indeed, it’s really a search engine for job searchers. If I understand it right, you can post jobs directly on Indeed, but it will also crawl the web for job postings and pull them into the system, making it a one stop search tool for the job seeker.
The interface is simple.
A search tool, ability to save jobs and searches, track the journey from application to hired, and for jobs posted on the platform upload your resume and you can apply with 1 click (brilliant).
Adding to it’s user experience is a “Recommended Jobs” feature. Which is really cool! And I think the app is delivering recommendations based on two things:
- Job Searches
- Jobs Viewed
I’m making this assumption because often the recommendations aren’t completely accurate.
I noticed a couple of things with the recommendations:
- Jobs from outside my location (state or city)
- Jobs unrelated to any resent searches
Here’s the Hack
What I’d like to see improved about the mobile app is a way for the user to improve the recommendations while viewing them.
Sure one way to do this is to use more specific searches. For example, I searched landscaping, so I get all jobs related to that keyword, but maybe I want landscape foreman jobs only. Instead of having to clear my searches and do a more specific search, what if I could make my recommendations smarter on the fly?
It’s a simple solution, borrowed from the Apple News app.
I want to rate my job recommendations, relevant or irrelevant to improve the accuracy of the recommendations making my job search more convenient.
The News app offers a few options. Swipe right to dislike, mute channel, repot and swipe left to like, save, and share. Which is too many options for the Indeed app.
With the Indeed app, I’d like to:
- Swipe left to mark the job as relevant, but uninterested.
- Swipe right to mark as irrelevant.
- Continue to use the “save” or “heart” feature already available in the app to mark the jobs you like.
Indeed can then use this data to improve your recommendations and deliver an even smarter more user friendly solution.
Indeed users, what are your thoughts?