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6 Job Search Apps That Restore Your Dignity

While some apps seek to make the job search as quick and carefree as possible, these attempt to restore dignity to a process that feels increasingly commodity-driven.
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If looking for a job makes you feel like a product for sale, or like someone who isn't respected as a human being, then these job apps are for you. Each app has at least one unique feature designed to help you feel just a bit less like a resume and a bit more like a valued individual.

These are nothing like Tinder for jobs. While those kinds of apps give job seekers plenty of freedom, and freedom is often good, they can also leave hiring managers with the perception that a prospective employee isn't all that committed to the position.

After all, if you use a job search app that is similar to one designed to find a one-night stand, chances are you might treat the job like a one night stand, as well. Likewise, job candidates can be left feeling used and discarded by employers using such apps to make hiring choices. And that isn't good for the hiring company, or the job seeker, in the long run.

While some apps seek to make the job search as quick and carefree as possible, others attempt to restore dignity to a process that feels increasingly commodity-driven.

It may not be possible to entirely re-humanize the job search. HR still uses checklists and search engines to go through resumes. In the end, the treatment you get depends more on the companies you apply to than the apps you're using. But the creators of the apps we're featuring here have listened to your pain points and attempted to solve them.

Check them out, and see if any of them will help you feel better about your next job search. And then tell us in the comments section below what your biggest pains are when you go searching for a job -- or when you try to hire someone for an open position in your company.

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5/11/2015 | 12:28:20 PM
Re: Hired (the app)
@brian.dean- Well, i agree with you that it changes the dynamic. I'm not sure about lowering the offer though. I think the offers actually go up, because companies know they are in open competition for this person. They will be receiving multiple bids in a week. If you aim low, they may ignore your offer.

Either way there are two things to note:

1) This only works where the job has scarcity (like software development or perhaps welding which is in high demand).

2) It takes the guess work out of the annoying "who will show their cards first about salary" dance everyone does.
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5/11/2015 | 12:25:03 PM
Re: posted job are old jobs
@soozyg- Yes, there are even apps that claim to somehow find that hidden percentage. I don't quite understand how. I think the number of invisible jobs went down during the financial crisis because employers knew there were lots of people competing for jobs. The most recent number i saw was 80% (which is still high). It will be interesting to see where that number goes as the job market heats up.
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5/11/2015 | 12:22:45 PM
Re: personal emails?
@soozyg- I'm only reporting what was said to me by the founder. I know some companies don't like to respond simply because the response can be used against them. 

But to be honest, i'd say even from big companies I got most of my responses back from personal email addresses so clearly some  HR is not taking advantage of some of the options available. 
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5/11/2015 | 12:18:21 PM
Re: "Dignity" is sthe word
@Mejiac- Glad to be of service. I hope the next time (if there has to be a next time) will go easier for you. I appreciate finding apps like these, because it reminds me at least some developers remember that customers are people and not just downloads.
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5/11/2015 | 12:18:21 PM
Re: "Dignity" is sthe word
@Mejiac- Glad to be of service. I hope the next time (if there has to be a next time) will go easier for you. I appreciate finding apps like these, because it reminds me at least some developers remember that customers are people and not just downloads.
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5/11/2015 | 1:00:21 AM
Re: Job Hunting no longer has a human touch
Not responding to a potential employee could also be viewed as a business' failure to communicate effectively with the outside world.

Mostly probably, potential employees have read the job requirements, duties and education requirements of a job before applying, if a candidate meets the requirement and still does not get a response (even, if it is a rejection response due to demand and supply forces) then, a communication failure has accrued. If this is happening to potential employees then, most probably the business would be doing the same to potential customers, in which case, maybe, it is good that the employer did not respond.
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5/11/2015 | 12:44:58 AM
Hired (the app)
Hired (the app) is an interesting twist. It reverses the dynamics of creating a connection between an employee and a business. But, I fell that it reverses the economics as well.

Traditionally, an employee initiates contact because they see the value and would like to be part of a greater value chain and in doing so, take home a higher salary. In the reversed situation, the employers see the value of human capital and initiates contact -- offers a lower salary in exchange of human contact. Different users have different requirements and it would be a great trade-off for some users.
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5/10/2015 | 8:48:07 AM
posted job are old jobs
I heard from a semi-reliable source a few years back that something like 95% of open positions are not publicized, making postings on job sites irrelevant as soon as they're posted.
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5/10/2015 | 8:45:44 AM
personal emails?
didn't want to send rejection letters from personal email accounts

I'm not sure I understand this. Are you talking about much smaller companies that don't have a domain address? Why would an (HR) employee use a personal email address?
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5/9/2015 | 9:40:27 AM
Job Hunting no longer has a human touch
From a person seeking a job, no matter at what career level you're at, it can cause stress and anxiety in different ways, from butterflies in your stomach to not being able to sleep at night.

One of the things that was actually very unfulfilling was not getting any type of responsing, causing one to question if there's somethign wrong with either your resume and/or skill set. Not getting any type of feedback I think can be as detremental as someone saying "Sorry, but you're not qualified". So having an app that actually provides that closue of "thank you, but the position has been filled" those provide some peace of mind.

"It may not be possible to entirely re-humanize the job search. HR still uses checklists and search engines to go through resumes." This is very true. Some positions get so many applications, that going through each and every one of the resumes can be a very daunting task, reason why my companies use software that applies certaing logic to look for specific criteria in resumes.

There's also the job application process, which anyone who has recently gone through them can testify that I can easily consume from an hour or two just to get to the second screen. These job application platforms are there to help out the vetting process, but many qualified candidates fall through the cracks simply because they didn't toggle the correct checkbox or didn't choose the correct dropdown option.

Some companies know are asking for a self interview: They ask the candidate to make a video of themselves asking answering specific questions. Some candidates love this, other are too shy in front of the camera and fail badly.

At the end there's no better option than an HR rep going through your resume and then simply picking up the phone and calling (which is what most HeadHunters do).
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