Back at Mobile World Congress, we showed a new app that was being developed by Nokia called JobLens. If you thing that sounds a lot like City Lens, their other famous app, you’d be right and the two share more than just a common name.
JobLens is a new project from Nokia that where they team up with LinkedIn, Indeed, Salary.com and Zillow to help you find jobs immediately around your current location. The app ties into your LinkedIn account (or Facebook, Twitter, etc.) to create a “network” and then finds jobs that may be of interest to you.
The app itself is really laid out nicely with helpful tutorial overlays that guide you through how the app works, including all of the little features that you may gloss over. By searching through your network or recommended jobs, you can save, share or even start applying all from your phone. And with SkyDrive support, you can even use your resume that you have stashed away.
The big sell though is the LiveSight feature aka Nokia’s augmented reality technology powered by HERE Maps. Just like City Lens, users can hold up their phones to “see” available jobs around them, and then tap to explore those jobs with more detailed information. Users can also opt to use a top-down map view, to see available employment opportunities in their geographical area.
We’ve been running the app for a few days now and have been quite impressed with it. Luckily, we’re not in the need for a job ourselves, but if we were? We’d give this a spin. For one, it makes job hunting actually kind of fun, which is something we never thought we’d say. The other advantage is the sheer availability of interesting job offers—things we’re sure we would not have found on our own. Sure, we weren’t qualified or interested in some, but it’s still fascinating to use.
JobLens from Nokia brings an exciting and interesting use of modern smartphone technology to what could be a mundane (but important) task. If it sounds like something you would be interested in, head here to the Nokia Collection to download it now, or slide to the left in our official app. Windows Phone 8 Nokia’s only.
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