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Jobseeking for the mobile-minded
A brand-new application (app) brings simplified yet extensive access to the EURES Job Mobility Portal for owners of a modern mobile phone. With a few finger swipes, they can seek out jobs Europe-wide, track down their nearest EURES Adviser for more personalised assistance or look up future EURES events.
“Mobile web use will eclipse desktop surfing sometime in 2013,” says Pascale Woodruff, a project coordinator in the Brussels-based EURES Portal team. “So we developed an app that offers much of our portal’s functionality to smartphone users.”
Conceived earlier this year, the app was officially launched in early October 2012. It is free of charge, available in 25 languages and covers the 27 EU Member States plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. The app currently only operates on Apple mobile devices, such as the iPhone and iPad. An Android version will be rolled out in early 2013. With these two mobile versions available, the app will cover some 85% of Europe’s smartphone market.
So what can users of the EURES Jobs iPhone app do? “Its focus is job search,” says Pascale. “Just launch the app and start searching for jobs posted by public employment services anywhere in Europe, by using filters such as job category and country.” Job vacancies of interest can be saved, in much the same way as a browser bookmark, so that users can check them out later or share them with other people. It is even possible to see exactly where some of the portal’s jobs are based, via scalable onscreen maps.
Benefits of location-awareness
Thanks to the mobile app’s location-awareness, an optional feature on most smartphones, users can find their nearest EURES Advisers and contact details. This is handy for people looking to arrange face-to-face interviews in their home town or city, for specific job information or advice. The app’s users can also search for Advisers by country or language, or look up upcoming EURES job events – including in the user’s own country.
But one thing this app does not yet allow is the management of a user’s CV and profile information on the EURES Portal. “We hope to implement those features soon,” says Pascale, adding that job search will also soon be improved to provide more relevant results to users.
My EURES is an account system used by more than 964 000 jobseekers and some 29 000 employer organisations. It offers additional features to registered users. Jobseekers can for instance choose to receive e-mail alerts when suitable jobs come up, while employers can narrow down job searches by filtering candidates’ CVs.
This system currently obliges users to register with desktop software, but will soon be ported to the new app, enabling mobile logins and logouts. “We are delighted to expand the EURES service offer, by making it available on the fast-expanding mobile channel,” adds Woodruff.
EURES jobs iPhone app (or search for “EURES” in the App store)