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LinkedIn Job Search App Debuts

LinkedIn's new job search app lets you search for open positions, filter results, apply for jobs, and more. Here's the lowdown.

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LinkedIn launched a job search app Thursday that is available to iOS users in the United States. The app lets you search for and filter jobs, save jobs that interest you, learn more about a company, and apply for a position using the information in your LinkedIn profile.

"More than 40 percent of you are currently using mobile to look at jobs on LinkedIn," the company said in its announcement. "We get it. It can be hard to search for a job while you're at your desk, not to mention the potentially awkward conversation with your current boss. Our goal is to help make this process easier for you and to help you be discreet."

The new LinkedIn Job Search app for iPhone is available for download in the app store. Once you log in using your LinkedIn credentials, tap the buttons on the bottom to navigate. You can search for jobs, browse recommended jobs, save and track jobs you've applied to, and clear your notifications.

To search for jobs, enter in a job title, keyword, and location. You can filter your search results by most relevant, most recent, and proximity as well. Other search filters let you drill deeper based on industry, job function, seniority level, and more, LinkedIn says.

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When you've found a job that interests you, either click the blue Apply button or click Save. You can track all your viewed and saved jobs -- plus the ones you've applied for -- by tapping the Track button at the bottom.

If an image of a globe appears on the Apply button, the app will take you to the company's website to apply. Otherwise, the app will use the information in your LinkedIn profile to apply for the job, which you can edit on-screen. When you're ready, click the Submit Application button.

Finally, the notification center alerts you when someone has viewed your application or when a new job that matches your saved searches is added, and tracks when job posts are soon expiring. The app will push these notifications to your phone, which you can turn off in the app's settings.

All of your activity in the app is private and will not be shared with your network, according to LinkedIn.

"Landing your dream job can feel like a full-time job," says LinkedIn. "So we wanted to make it easier to find, research, and apply for your next opportunity by maximizing your 'in between' moments. The next time you’re in a line for coffee or stuck waiting for a delayed flight, why not jump start your job search from your phone."

While LinkedIn's Job Search app is only available in the US and only for iOS right now, LinkedIn will offer the app internationally and in different languages in future releases, a spokesperson told us.

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Kristin Burnham currently serves as InformationWeek.com's Senior Editor, covering social media, social business, IT leadership and IT careers. Prior to joining InformationWeek in July 2013, she served in a number of roles at CIO magazine and CIO.com, most recently as senior ... View Full Bio

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Whoopty
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Whoopty,
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6/19/2014 | 11:21:23 AM
Re: About time
Agreed. I'm amazed when anyone releases an app that only works on one or the other (specifically iOS) since there is such a split in the market. 

However, I'd imagine that most people applying for jobs will want to do it on something a little more capable than a phone, since making tweaks to a CV or penning a good, custom cover letter isn't exactly easy on even the most advanced smartphone. 
Kristin Burnham
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Kristin Burnham,
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6/19/2014 | 10:49:19 AM
Re: About time
Some of these features are available on the mobile version of its website and in its main mobile app, but not all. Seems handy to have a place to easily access saved jobs and check up on the status of your application.
Shane M. O'Neill
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Shane M. O'Neill,
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6/19/2014 | 10:46:00 AM
Re: About time
Really surprised that a company of LinkedIn's stature would release a significant app like this as iOS-only when Android's smartphone market share is over 50%.
Lorna Garey
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Lorna Garey,
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6/19/2014 | 10:33:18 AM
About time
When I read this, my first reaction was to be surprised that LI didn't already have this functionality!
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