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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.

David has been writing on business and technology for over 10 years and was most recently Managing Editor at Enterpriseefficiency.com. Before that he was an Assistant Editor at MIT Sloan Management Review, where he covered a wide range of business topics including IT, ... View Full Bio

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5/9/2015 | 9:32:52 AM
"Dignity" is sthe word
Excellent article David,

Three years ago, I spent almost three months job hunting, which was my longest strech, since I was more accostumed to going from one employer to another with a week inbetween at the most.

Those three months were the most stressful in my life (taking care of my kids is a walk in the park vs the stress off trying to get a job). I spent countless hours searching each and every site, to the point that I would get 50+ notices daily, only to have to navigate throught them and have to disregard many since they were either duplicates or old postings.

If these apps were available then, I would bet the process would have been less grueling.

Thhanks for sharing
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