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Today’s job market is highly competitive so, it can be a frustrating exercise trying to be noticed as one small fish in such a large pond. Typically, employers look for the candidate with a combination of the most experience and the best educational credentials but, when all else fails, it just comes down to a gut feeling. That’s tough to take. Your future prospects may simply come down to someone’s gut feeling and not your actual abilities. I’ve been down this road many times before. You come across a great job posting and you know you’d be perfect for it, but you never get the call. The question is how do you get past being stymied by random chance?
Well, now there’s an app that may just have the answer. Jobflare is trying to change the job market so that the best candidate really does get the job with a lot more frequency. Their app is designed to test your skills and present these results to prospective employers so that they can see what you’re really capable of. This is a free app and it’s compatible with the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.
We don’t generally think of job search apps as fun but, JobFlare may just change your mind about that. This really is a fun and interactive way to spruce up your job search and it all starts with a great interface. We may be adults but, who doesn’t love some fun cartoon characters to lighten up the mood once in a while? That’s what you’ll see on your own personal leaderboard where you’ll find a simple way to navigate your way around the app. One thing you don’t need much of is an aptitude for finding your way around this app – it’s all very intuitive.
All of those fun cartoon characters we mentioned above are sort of like little gatekeepers that represent different games you can play. Yes you heard me right, you get to play games with this app while you search for that career changing job. The games are divided into 3 different types: mental fitness games, verbal games, and math games. You’ll find each category on your main leaderboard and you simply tap one of the games in each category to start playing. This really is an entirely new approach to job hunting, which I think most people will find quite refreshing.
Trying to find a job can be a stressful experience – especially if you’ve just lost a long term job and you have a young family that’s depending on you. It can also be just about as scary if you’ve just finished school and you’re about to set out on the next phase of your life. The traditional job market doesn’t do much to alleviate this stress, but JobFlare can. Each game is only 90 seconds to play so, it won’t take a lot of time from your traditional job search. You really don’t have a lot to lose. The results are recorded and they can then be used by potential employers to see what you’re really capable of rather than simply relying on a resume which never tells the whole story.
It isn’t just employers that can see your results though – you can also view them yourself. This allows you to see what areas you’re strong in and where you can use improvement. You can use it to find what you’re really good at so that you’re not wasting time on dead-end career paths. Although, if you really have your heart set on a path that you’re not yet ready for, you can also use the results to work on your weaknesses. It’s an app that can really give you a sense of empowerment and make you feel like you’re making real tangible progress towards your career goals.
Some Healthy Competition
Another great feature about this app is that you can also see how you’ve performed in comparison to other job seekers. This can be a rather sobering experience, but it’s also a good measuring stick. We all have certain strengths and weaknesses – it’s just that it’s not always easy to admit it. This app acts as a bit of a reality check and that can be a good thing.
Like any other traditional job search app this one also allows you to create a profile and customize it to present yourself in the best light. If you think something needs to be highlighted that you’ve forgotten you can always go back and change it later. As you complete more games successfully you’ll want to mention this in your profile.
Focused Job Recommendation Emails
At the end of the day, the reason you’re playing these games is to find a new job or career path. They may be fun, but it’s fun with a purpose. The app uses your profile and the results of the games you’ve played to present you with relevant job postings which are sent directly to your email. The best performers are often targeted with customized job opportunities at some of the top rated employers around. This innovative approach can really speed up your job search by presenting your credentials to employers that are willing to think outside the box when it comes to finding the right employee.
Most apps are simply copies of something that came before them so, it’s refreshing when you find something that’s an entirely new concept. The use of games to match potential employees with employers is a great way to make the job search a little less stressful and it has the potential to be highly effective. If you’re tired of trying to find a job the traditional way this is a great alternative.
Allan is a freelance writer who loves scouring the App Store for exciting, intriguing and unique apps.