Developer: Slava Barouline
Price: $0.99
Version Reviewed: 0.4.2

iPhone Integration Rating: ★★★½☆
User Interface Rating: ★★★½☆

Re-use / Replay Value Rating: ★★½☆☆

Overall Rating: ★★★☆☆

My Jobs Pro is a tool for adding and tracking your job applications. You can add jobs, employers, agencies, and agents, and then link it all together. For each job, you can add a closing date, follow-up date, and interview information—including a map of the location. You can also send your follow-up emails straight from the app. Its intended purpose is simple: if you’re juggling multiple job applications, you can keep all of that information stashed in a dedicated app instead of using a mash-up of spreadsheets and daily planners.

However, My Jobs Pro doesn’t have an air of professionalism itself. It’s all in the details: the “Call Agent” and “Email Agent” buttons are useful…if you’re on an iPhone and you’ve assigned an agent to a job. “Agents” must belong to “Agencies,” and for a job to have an agent it must have an agency. (Why can’t I just pick an agent…?) The “Call Agent” button doesn’t disappear for iPod Touch users, resulting in wasted space. And what if I just have a reference number, and my contact is an employee, not an “agent”—why can’t I contact them as easily? Even the version number suggests that this isn’t a finished product: it’s labeled as a 0.4.2 release.

It’s those little interface quirks that bug me. First and foremost, this is a niche app that you’ll hopefully only have to use at one or two phases in your life. Secondly, it’s far too easy to get caught up in organizing data instead of doing something useful with it. Hunting for jobs should take precedence over inputting information.

That being said, My Jobs Pro still has the potential to be useful. If you need a dedicated app to consolidate your job hunt information, I can see it being an asset. Just be aware that it’s not perfect, and it won’t be for everyone…basic to-do lists and planners might do the job just as well.

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