iOS Mobile Application Design
Jobmine is a brand new approach to job searching by allowing users to swipe through jobs that suit their criteria and choose instantly whether to save or reject. The key goal of the app design was to take away the burden of job searching by using analytics to suggest suitable jobs. The design had to convey simplicity, and put the fun back into job searching, whilst maintaining a professional look and feel.
Key Client Requirements
After extensive conversations, requirements gathering session and brief of deliverables defined, the three key client requirements were
Who’s Going to Use it?
As part of any project, understanding who is likely to use the application, and more importantly – HOW, hugely impacts the design and ultimately the success.
User Scenario 1 - Carly
Carly’s key requirements: Speed; Simplicity; Modern UI
User Scenario 2 - Paulo
Paulo’s key requirements: Simplicity; Convenience; Communication
User Scenario 3 - Sarah
Sarah’s key requirements: Functionality; Ease of Use; Communication
The Proposed Solution
To satisfy the different user scenarios, an iOS mobile application, candidate dashboard, recruiter dashboard and public facing website was required. The iOS application should allow the candidates to create a profile, input their job requirements and create a search criterion which would influence the results displayed. As most candidates wanted simplicity and speed, a “swipe left” and “swipe right” functionality was decided upon, to ensure candidates could quickly browse, apply, or save jobs quickly and easily.
Along with a candidate app, a web based dashboard for both candidates and employers was required, to provide a more functional tool to compliment the simplicity of the mobile app. To promote the service, a simple one page website was designed which would highlight key functionalities of the solution, along with providing the users a way to log into their respective dashboards.
It’s all about the technicalities…
To understand how the users would navigate the app and dashboards, I put together detailed user flow diagrams, to show the paths the user would take to find their way through the solutions in the best possible way, and not only make sure there were no blocks within the user flow, but also create the simplest and easiest journey possible for the users.
Once the flow of the app and dashboards had been clearly defined, I worked up low fidelity wireframe layouts to identify how the assets and functionality of both will be displayed on screen to identify the placements of imagery, buttons, text and overall interactivity and touch points, that would work to ensure the best possible user experience throughout the solution.
… but not forgetting the visuals
As simplicity was key to the solution, I created a unified set of visuals based on the wireframe layouts, which were used throughout the mobile application, and both the candidate and employer dashboards. The same look and feel was translated through to the customer facing website.
Piecing it all together
The final result
The mobile application is currently available for download on the App Store and, more information on the product can be viewed on their website.
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