erin ryan
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Edge

Date: Spring 2018

Team:

Ying Chen

Rachel Farn

Maggie Lin

Skills:

Research

Digital Prototyping

Edge: Job Search Made Simple

Looking for jobs is time consuming and challenging. We looked to create an app that made the process of applying for jobs more lightweight and easy, so that students and young adults can find more jobs that they're qualified for, and improve their chances of finding jobs and internships.

Goal: To create an easy-to-use job search app aimed at students looking for internships or their first job.


The Problem

On current platforms, finding the right jobs and internships to apply for can be time consuming, repetitive, and incredibly frustrating. For students, common pain points include repeated profile creation, inaccurate search results, and cognitive overload, with many seeing searching for jobs to apply for as time consuming as applying for the jobs themselves.

The Solution

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Meet Edge - it makes searching for jobs easy. Just swipe and save to find your best fit.

With easy-to-use swipe interaction to view jobs, more specific filtering for jobs better tailored to you, and application profiles designed to show how compatible jobs are to your skills and interests, Edge turns the job search from a time consuming chore, to something that can be done anytime - between classes, at home, even on the bus.


Process

My Role

  • Designer + Prototyper in collaboration with another teammate

  • Involved in designing surveys for student and recruiter data collection

  • Oversaw competitive analysis during Research phase

Initial Concerns

We started this project with a common issue: searching for jobs was stressful, frustrating, and time consuming, no matter your major. We wanted to create a job search app that would allow you to easily look through jobs in moments of free time, on the bus or between classes, instead of it being a long, sit down process. We were

After introducing our idea of an app with lightweight interactions aimed at making finding the right jobs to apply to more efficient to fellow students and professors, we gained some feedback that informed our initial research.

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Journey Mapping

Our design process began by analyzing both existing competing job search platforms, LinkedIn and Handshake, as well as shopping and dating apps like Romwe and Tinder by making journey. Through this we looked to incorporate lightweight, familiar interactions into an app that organized and compartmentalized a lot of application information.

Research

We began our research through online literature research on general job statistics. We then sent out two surveys, one to students on the applicant side of the process, the other to recruiters on the review side of the process.

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Insights From Research

  • Many job search platforms like LinkedIn and Glassdoor serve multiple functions, which may serve to make it less well catered to easy-to-use job search experience

  • Students value a well curated, easy-to-digest selections of jobs to look through

  • Students value good filters - specific enough to make sure they aren’t wasting time looking through jobs outside their expertise but still offer a wide variety of options

Design Process

Desired User Journey

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From our desired user journey we began to flesh out screens that would be important touch points in the app.

Key Screens

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Final Design

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Prototype