This project was made in February 2022, as a part of Google’s UX Design Certification Program.
Graduation is a big transition between the safety of studentship and the uncertainty of the job market. College graduates can often feel anxiety after getting their degree, and when entering the job market, it can be frustrating, as a newly graduated professional, to find jobs.
Joblr is an app that helps college graduates find a job that is aligned with their position on the market.
My idea for this app was to make a simple and intuitive job-searching platform. The platform should have a minimalistic interface and complete focus on the it’s objective, with no detours or extra steps.
Discovering what matters
For my discovery phase, I needed to empathize with the users and gather insights about their needs when searching for a job. With that in mind, these are the questions that drove the research process:
1. Who am I designing for?
2. What do the primary users value the most on a job searching platform?
3. What other features are important in this context?
4. What do users find good and bad about job searching experiences?
The core insights
A common complaint among users is receiving spam emails from random companies after signing up for a job searching platform.
Information is essential
Users often complain about a lack of information about companies or job descriptions when they are looking for open positions.
This is irrelevant
Irrelevant job matches can often damage the relashionship between the user and the platform. The search function and filters need to be helpful to narrow down the job postings and to find the right match.
This takes too long
Too many steps to take when onboarding a job-searching platform can be frustrating for the user.
Users need to provide context to find the right jobs, but balancing essential information input is essential to keep users engaged within the platform.
Users want to be able to follow the progress of their job applications. Redirections to external websites can disperse the user’s abilities to track their applications.
Bringing it together
Following my research and interviews, I synthesized the findings and was able to create a customer journey and persona.
These exercises formed a great foundation to move into feature ideation and prioritisation.
One major component of the experience is the onboarding process. With this app, I wanted to simplify the information the user has to submit — prioritizing name, email, and password fields.
Feels like home
The homepage is fully customized for the interests of the user. It shows jobs from the companies they follow, and recommends jobs based on their profile.
The user also has quick access to their resume, and can set up notifications from their job applications.
Find what’s right for you
The search and filter options allow the user to search specific jobs based on their experience and interests. Filters based on categories and sub categories, location, job types and levels, and company specific search can be done.
Don’t be in the dark
The job overview page has all the essential information about the position, as well as direct access to the company page.
The application process is simple and intuitive, and allows the user to follow up on their application directly from the app.
What I've learned
As a fan of minimalistic designs, developing this project was a wonderful experience. In fact, I'm still iterating on this project little by little, to make sure I build the best experience out of this app.
The key learnings that I want to emphasize from this project are:
1. The prioritization and organization of information on the screen, especially for mobile designs. With this project, I learned a lot about the adequate use of white space and visual hierarchy. It was very pleasing to organize the information in such a simple way, and I felt like it was really effective. Less is more! This is definitely something I'm going to carry through my work.
2. I was able to improve my workflow and organization. Narrowing down my design process as I get familiar with new Figma features really allowed me to hone my design process.