Over the past decade or so, the traditional model of job search – hiring an agent online or offline and having them contact you with opportunities – has been completely disrupted.
To a greater extent than ever before, the imperative and power of looking for jobs have come into the hands of the job searcher. People can now simply choose an app that contains job listings and browse through ones that they are eligible for.
More recently, recruiters have recognized this power shift, compelling them to start listing open positions on app portals in addition to their own websites.
As a result, job search apps have become a powerful tool that enables a direct conversation between the recruiter and the candidate. Want to make waves in this up-and-coming niche? Let us look at some of the major elements of creating a job search app.
1. Team Structure
A truly professional job search app cannot be created alone or by one person. As with any large project, you need a group of people with various abilities.
The top of the roster is occupied by the project manager. The project manager’s job is to create plans and keep tabs on the status of the project. The manager also takes regular status update meetings with the rest of the team.
Next are designers and developers. As with any app, you need UI and UX designers to determine how the app will look.
iOS and Android developers will create your app for either or both of these platforms, and backend developers will handle the fundamental processes of the app.
Testers are required to determine whether the app is working fine and find out any potential bugs in it. Testing may be carried out either periodically or continuously.
2. Tech Stack
The reason we say that a single person cannot create a job search app is due to the complex tech stack required to create one.
You need designers who know how to create a job board and developers who can create a robust backend system for your app. You also need your app to look nice and be truly omnichannel.
Your front-end developers can work with any of the frameworks they are comfortable with – Java, Swift, Angular, or even HTML. Backend developers might need proficiency in Python or Node.js.
For payment processing, you will need knowledge of PayPal or Stripe APIs, while MongoDB will help you with database management. If your data and processes are based on the cloud, you will also need to know how to optimize Google Cloud or AWS usage.
Additionally, you will need the Facebook, Google, and Twitter APIs to enable social login on your app.
Next, you need to choose the features you must include in your job search app. There are several different features you will need to be truly competitive. Let us look at a few major ones below:
The users must be able to view a dashboard of jobs that they are eligible for. This eligibility must be determined based on their profile and preferences they have previously entered.
Similar to a job dashboard for candidates, there must also be a recruiter dashboard that allows recruiters to browse potential candidates based on their input preferences.
Candidates must be able to create the most detailed profile of themselves so that recruiters can search for them based on quantitative filters. Similarly, recruiters must add the greatest detail in their job postings to find the right candidates.
Flawless Data Management And Retrieval
The key to any successful app or online venture is that its servers must be really robust. Your systems must be able to retrieve data in a short time and have minimal downtime.
It is also important to enable your app with the capability for in-app messaging. This way, recruiters and candidates will be able to conduct conversations and follow-ups online.
Another important feature that several job search apps provide is that of resume creation. Depending on the information in your profile and the template you have chosen, the app creates a resume for you.
A lot of recruiters nowadays prefer to have video interviews as a part of the hiring process. Your app must also be enabled, perhaps in participation with a third-party platform, to host video conferences.
The cost of developing a job search app depends on several different factors. Now that you are aware of how many people it takes to create an app, you will likely need a bigger budget to hire more developers, especially if you are looking to expedite your app development.
In such a case, you can also outsource your app development to regions such as APAC and AMEA, where the cost of development is typically much lower than in the US or Europe.
Another component of your app cost will be the technologies that you subscribe to. Cloud technologies can be pretty expensive and inflate the cost of your app by a few percentage points.
5. Business Model
You can opt for two primary business models when creating a job search app – a business-to-business (B2B) model and a business-to-customer (B2C) model.
In a B2B model, all the capabilities of your app are offered to a single corporate client. The data generated by your system is accessible to the client, and they have full control over the hiring process.
In a B2C model, the capabilities provided by your app are divided among individual job candidates and corporate clients. The corporate clients can use you as a mediator to connect with candidates and vice versa.
The Bottom Line
Creating a job search app is not an easy task, especially given the large concentration of similar apps already available in the market. Instead, you need to find a particular niche that you want to operate in and a specific USP you provide over other apps.
Once you have determined this niche and USP, you are good to go and start developing your app! Armed with this knowledge, you are now well-equipped to develop your own intuitive job search app.