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“Profinder”

An App/Software Project
By Mamadou, Thierno, Boubacar, Souayibou, Abdulmoghni, and Elhadj
High School Students from Mouse Design League (DIIT) @ Bronx International High School
Profinder

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.


Inspiration


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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Jackson Powell 👏 Sr. UX Designer at Providence Healthcare — Emoti-Con Judge
I absolutely love how you all got inspired by Indeed and figured out what it takes to solve the problem of helping job seekers and employers find each other. Your app can be called a two-sided marketplace since you serve two markets. Job seekers and employers. There is a real-world User Experience job title for how you broke down the process for each user type (jobseeker and employer) and designed an end-to-end process to help them solve their goal... it's called a Service Designer and you all did an amazing job! I am so impressed with how you analyzed the problem and applied design thinking to come up with a solution that nails the big problem of finding a job or finding the right candidate.

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?! ;)

Marc Hayem 👏 Country Manager at InsideBoard — Emoti-Con Judge
This is a great idea. You have found a real issue in your community and decided to address it.
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!

Lauren Capelluto 👏 Software Engineer at AWS — Emoti-Con Judge
I agree with the points made by Jackson and Marc -- this project aims to solve an important issue, there are some additional features that would pair well with the existing work, and it would be nice to hear more about the challenges faced in the design process. I'd like to know, what distinguishes your app from platforms like Indeed, AngelList, or Linkedin? Is there a particular audience you would like to serve (perhaps, based on your project inspiration, you want to cater to those who are currently unemployed)? This is a great start for a social impact project. Nice work!

Kathy Rutherford 👏 Biomedical Engineer and Robotics Mentor at Engineering Field — Emoti-Con Judge
I like how you have made a very user friendly version of a job search app. The idea to cut down barriers to access and simplify the hiring and application process is refreshing. I'd like to see more details in the remote interviewing and job requirements section but I think that you saw a need and have designed a good answer for a very important use and universal need- employment. Good idea and great design for this app!

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