About this Project:
Profinder is about the people of America. People need jobs to take care of families and looking for jobs can be hard. Some people who need workers cannot have a business. This is why we made Profinder. Our application helps people who are looking for jobs and people who are looking workers with ease.
Our project had many problems. We knew there would be challenges ahead, but together our group overcome those challenges. for our inspiration we wanted to create an app that would help people in need but we didn't want our app to be an international competition so we chose an app that would help people find a job from home without necessarily going for a job interview.
We want to help our community by giving the people a chance to help their fellow family members survive by helping them find jobs they like. A job that fits them perfectly.
At the end of the day we all tried our best to help the community with jobs. For now it’s just in the USA but we will develop our project to help everyone around the world.
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I'm a trained UX Designer in multiple disciplines (visual, interaction, research, strategy) who can deliver production-quality front-end code. I love to work on web-based or native mobile applications that users use to get something done...and delight them while doing it! I'm a systems thinker and empathizer with a knack for translating business needs into user-friendly interfaces. I'm an explorer and a Toys R Us kid, constantly learning about myself and the world I live in.
Some thoughts/features that I think would be great to consider for your app. How about a way for job seekers to save jobs that interest them? Kinda like favorite them? I can imagine once Profinder is super popular there will be hundreds or thousands of jobs on your app. A way for job seekers to mark or save the jobs that they really like could be useful. Speaking on that, perhaps an account management system for job seekers so that once they apply for a job it gets automatically added to their account so they can find it faster at a later time. Another cool feature would be a status check. Was the application reviewed? That's nice to know as a job seeker I think.
I had an idea when reading slide two of your pitch deck... you mentioned your project had many problems and challenges. I would love to know what challenges you faced in detail. I really wanted to read about an example or two to help me understand your design process. :)
Final thoughts: The user experience I found to be very straightforward and easy to understand what I would need to do in order to find a job or post a job opening. I thought the messaging system once the hiring manager selected a candidate was a very nice touch and super useful! When can I sign up and look for my next job?! ;)
I am an electrical engineer and have worked for hi-tech companies all my career, mostly software companies. Currently, I lead the US operations for a European software startup. I live in New York City.
You mentioned you wanted to work in he summer. Often having had first hand experience with an issue is the best way to start thinking about how to solve it.
The application is simple and easy to understand for both intended user groups. That is awesome.
As you develop the idea you will find that many other features could be added to the application. For example a list of jobs one is interested in or a feature advising someone on possible jobs for them based on their skills and other criteria like location. There are plenty of possibilities.
I would like to hear more about the process you went through to design the app and where you had questions, how you solved them, etc.
Overall you have picked a very important issue, you have done a great job on the app and you are opening the door to plenty of possibilities. Great job!
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Kathy is a Biomedical Engineer who works with very cool medical devices. For the last 8 years Ms. Rutherford has taught robotics for FIRST Lego League, FTC and FRC’s 130 pound robots! Kathy also works with the Greater NY Girl Scouts and has judged FIRST FRC, FTC, World Robot Olympiad, NJ Science Olympiad and Makeblock’s MakeX Spark competitions. Engineering is the coolest profession that no one has ever heard of. Kathy is devoted to showing students how cool tech careers can be!
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