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The all new Glassdoor iOS app
If you’re like the majority of people you’re probably searching for a job using your mobile device. Glassdoor knows that more than half its traffic is coming from users like that, which is why it has added a bunch of new features to its iOS app.
The aim is to make your experience easier, take advantage of iOS multitasking on the iPad, and turn the Glassdoor app into a platform that does all the same things you can on a computer.
Take a look at these new features to find out what Glassdoor can do for you, and happy job hunting!
Searching for jobs
Using the search feature on the Glassdoor app is pretty simple. As a bonus you can just click the blue location arrow in the search box to have it auto fill your location, giving you instant access to local results.
Saving your searches is a great benefit too — saved searches will prioritize jobs posted since your last visit.
Finding detailed info
Swipe left and you get three options: save the job, view the company profile, or more, which gives you additional options to follow the company or share the post using all the standard iOS sharing options.
You may have noticed that “companies” is listed above the search results, but it’s not the same as viewing the company. When you click those top options you’re just filtering your search results, not diving deeper into a particular company.
Using 3D touch
I bought an iPhone 6S almost as soon as it came out, and I was excited about 3D touch. It hasn’t lived up to my expectations, in large part because of how few apps have leveraged it well. Glassdoor does a good job with this update, giving 3D touch info on a variety of search screens.
This is what you see when you do a hard touch on the company search page. A lot of 3D touch-enabled apps only show the 3D touch activated window while your finger is pressed down, and Glassdoor is no different. See that arrow at the top of the screen? It’s prompting you to swipe up to hold the info in place. When you do that you see added options to follow the company or post a review.
A 3D touch look at the job search page
Give the job search results a firm press and this is the window that pops up. Like all the 3D touch windows in Glassdoor’s app you get options after you swipe up, but take a look at the description window itself: it’s cut off.
You can’t scroll down that field to see more of the job description, so 3D touch basically amounts to a preview.
Salaries with 3D touch
3D touch can also give you a quick glance at the salary info for any job you search for, but like the other windows it’s just a quick preview. If you want to get all the details you still need to click on the posting itself.
Glassdoor can make 3D touch useful in its new app, but like most other 3D touch features on apps it seems a bit superfluous. I appreciate the quick look at info, but unfortunately there’s simply not enough reason to use 3D touch to make these quick glances practical or useful.
Resume uploading made easy
One of the features I found most beneficial in the Glassdoor iOS app was the resume upload feature. It’s easy, intuitive, and gives you the choice of using several cloud storage platforms to do it.
The app will even pull your LinkedIn profile off the site as a nicely formatted pdf that automatically uploads to Glassdoor. Simple, clean, and incredibly useful.
Splitting screens on iPad
The iPad is where the new Glassdoor app really shines. Tip your iPad into landscape mode and you get a great side-by-side layout that makes your application choices simple.
Take this image of the salary research screen: you’re getting comparative salary info right on one screen. It’s also easy to digest, visualize, and navigate.
Multitasking on iPad
I’m going to be honest: I’m not super impressed by the iPad’s ability to multitask. The app options are limited, clicking back and forth can cause the secondary window to close, and squishing the screen down to a iPhone-wide area doesn’t always realign things very well.
Multitasking with Glassdoor’s app isn’t a unique feature—it’s just the use of iOS’ built-in multitasking. It can make things a bit easier, but if you haven’t found multitasking beneficial before you probably won’t now.
Android users: Don't feel left out
If you’re an Android user you still get some upgrades, though not as many as iOS users. One Android addition worth highlighting is saved searches. When you start the app simply click on your saved searches, select one, and you’ll get all the latest postings since you last checked in with the app.
Android: Not too different feeling overall
The look and feel of Glassdoor on Android is pretty much identical to iOS. Despite that there’s still a feeling that the Android app is a bit more cumbersome. Getting from one spot to another requires a few extra taps, and things seem to move just a little bit slower.
The iOS version of Glassdoor is taking advantage of all the technological features of the iPhone, iPad, and iOS, but the same can’t be said for the Android version. Hopefully the coming months will bring some of the new iOS features to Android, but differences in hardware and OS may make that impossible.