Staying organised when job hunting!
This problem space originated from my own experience in struggling to keep records of my different edited resumes used in several job applications and not being able to track my rejected applications.The normal challenges faced by an average job seeker is heightened by the lack of organisation of submitted resumes and retracted job postings. The pandemic has made people rethink their lives and their work, and has increased the influx of job seekers from new college grads to mid level career transitioning candidates. The complexity of finding the right job, the company culture fit, inability to track resumes submitted are few of the issues that makes an already stressed deter from being consistent in the job search.
User Pain Points
- Using Linkedin, Whatsapp and Instagram, we identified a few different categories of prospective users and did 4 user interviews
- 67% of people we spoke to mentioned they edit their resume everytime they apply
- 80% are more stressed with the inability to track resumes and rejected applications
Our preliminary user research to validate this problem with entry level and career transitioning job applicants found out that absence of a tool like ‘Sorted’ increases the time spent on applying for jobs and in the event were a job application is successful and proceeds to the interview stage, they are often left with a string of uncertainty because they cannot remember the version of the edited resume submitted.
This is what we learned from speaking to users, they want a tool that can keep the resume and job posting for each application. The proposed solution is to create an app or web extension that can perform this task. It would also track the rejected applications and applications that proceed to the interview stage. There have been many options to pick from when it comes to the solutions because there are so many pain points in this problem space. Tracking the modified resumes and job listings, however, had the most significant broad and depth of an effect.
Product Manager Learnings:
Co.Lab was a very interesting experience for me, i’ve learnt the following;
- The relationship between organisational strategy and branding will inevitably have an impact on the product strategy.
- Making a product that people will enjoy and use is just as crucial as having effective marketing and PR.
- Being a PM is all about influence; how successfully can you motivate a group of people to work towards a common objective?
- Being a PM also means taking radical responsibility for all successes and failures.