“Britain’s economy has turned a corner at last” quip senior Tory MPs ahead of last month’s official Gross Domestic Product (GDP) data showing Britain’s output. Almost five years following the crippling financial crash the UK’s financial woes seem to be witnessing a flicker of optimism, but try telling the 29.70 million people who are looking and available to work but are unable to find a job that the “mood in Britain has changed.”
House prices may have seen a wisp of a rise; GDP may be a little healthier but for the millions unemployed, the rosy picture the Tories seem intent on painting could hardly be gloomier.
While help might not be readily at hand through the government, Nokia seems better prepared to tackle the UK’s unemployment woes in the form of an augmented reality app.
Nokia recently unveiled JobLens, a proactive app which enables job seekers to see more than 500,000 available job vacancies throughout the UK. Users can filter the open job opportunities through company, distance, salary or keyword. At a first glance you may ask yourself how JobLens is different from the likes of Moster.co.uk or Jobsite.co.uk. What gives JobLens an original edge is that users can view the vacancies on a map, or, on some devices, using augmented reality. With selected Lumia models, the app will open up a lens allowing users to search for vacancies in particular town or city.
Looking through a spurious camera lens to hone in on places where jobs are available might not save the UK’s unemployment problems, but at least Nokia is doing, well more than the coalition government that’s for sure.
Employment issues aside, the technology behind the JobLens app is interesting. Nokia’s HERE maps use sight navigation as a way to discover and find your way around the world. LiveSight technology advances HERE maps further by enabling users to pinpoint exactly where they are looking. Users simply have to open HERE Maps, click on the LiveSight icon and pan around. As you pan, shops, restaurants and buildings will stare back up at you on your phone’s display.
Besides allowing job seekers to pinpoint the exact location of a job with interesting accuracy, JobLens will recommend opportunities that are catered to a user’s qualifications, can create CVs and even share CVs with prospective hiring managers. What’s more, if you manage to bag yourself an interview, HERE maps will guide you to the destination.
In its JobLens press release, Nokia describes its new app as being a “catalyst for the employment market” as it “lowers barriers between job seekers and local vacancies.”
JobLens is only available for Nokia Lumia devices, including those operating Windows Phone 8 and 7.5 or higher.
It might not rectify a deeply embedded societal crisis in which the UK government is irrefutably failing, but JobLens certainly beats the old-school job hunting method of squinting over ads in a Job Centre window.
You can download the enterprising app here.