LinkedIn finally brings out free Android job search app

20 Mar 2015

Hot on the heels of the creation of LinkedIn’s iOS job search app (nine months later) a new Android variant is available.

The company says it has all the same features as its iOS counterpart, “but was built from the ground up specifically for the Android experience”, which means it has elements such navigation menus down the side, and an “action bar” at the top.

On first glance it seems quite handy for quick browsing, on the go. There’s a straightforward search option that sees you input a job title and a location, with the ability to sort by relevance, distance from a preferred location, company, ‘job function’, industry and level of seniority.

As a standard you can save your searches, which is handy and expected. There are also recommendations based on your search history, and you can receive notifications when listings are about to expire.

It’s a way of applying for jobs with just a few taps of your finger, although to do that you will obviously need to keep your LinkedIn profile up-to-date and well presented.

But really, the main purpose we see is a way to browse what's available, save them and then later sit down and get your application in.

LinkedIn Job Search Android

The interface of LinkedIn's new Android app is quite easy to use, although there are no inventor jobs in Egypt – Screenshots taken today

The company also claims that browsing through the app is totally private, with your LinkedIn network not notified of what you’re up to, which is a strange thing to have to clarify.

With the launch, LinkedIn posted up some visuals on the differences between iOS users and Android users, and they are fairly odd.

LinkedIn

Android users and iOS users have markedly different preferences

Android users, for example, are more likely to work in IT and invite plenty of people on LinkedIn. iOS users, though, search a lot on LinkedIn and tend to work in the health industry or graphic design.

You can download the app here.

Man on a smartphone, via Shutterstock

Gordon Hunt
By Gordon Hunt

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