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Saturday May 5, 2012

Listen up Latinos: Summer Job Opportunities Available Online Using New Search Applications

Listen up Latinos: Summer Job Opportunities Available Online Using New Search Applications

Photo: Summer Jobs+ 2012 Initiative

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Four weeks ago the US Office of Science and Technology Policy launched the first-ever White House Code Sprint, challenging app developers to build job search apps using the opportunities found in the Summer Jobs+ bank. The Summer Jobs+ initiative is a new call-to-action for businesses, non-profits, and government to provide pathways to employment for low-income and disconnected youth in the summer of 2012. Today we are excited to highlight six apps that were created on platforms including Facebook, Android, the iPhone, Windows Phone, and Web browsers. These apps support the goal of connecting America’s youth with summer job opportunities via digital platforms they are already familiar with and use in their daily lives.  Thanks to everyone for participating in the code sprint, and we encourage you to share your favorite app below with youth who are looking for opportunities this summer.

workforce.io
Built by Chris Conley from Chicago, IL and the team at worforce.io
Workforce.io was built to bring entry-level workforce players together in their community. They have integrated the Summer Jobs+ opportunities into their website where it will search for the 10 most recently posted jobs available near the user. In addition to searching for a job, workforce.io provides information on how to get a social security card, understand one’s paycheck, and make a budget. With the Summer Jobs+ job bank and the workforce.io platform, young adults and their mentors can now find, prepare for, and succeed in their summer job and start building a career!

PocketJobs for Android
Built by Jonathan Banks from Dublin, CA
PocketJobs connects directly to the Summer Jobs+ job bank to get the latest summer internship, training, and mentorship opportunities into the palm of your hand. PocketJobs identifies the most recently released jobs in your area and places them on a map so you can quickly see the location and click to get details. You can scroll through the results, and save the opportunities to your device, email them to friends, or directly access the company websites.

The Summer Jobs app for Windows Phone 7
Built by Chris Craft and Jamey McElveen from Florence, South Carolina
The summer jobs app for Windows Phone 7 allows you to keep up with new jobs and discover nearby jobs from the Summer Jobs+ job bank. The app updates daily to show you the newest jobs and also includes the ability for social networking with Twitter and Facebook.

Back to Work for the web and Apple iOS
Built by David Gobaud from Palo Alto, CA
Back to Work can be found on the Web and also has an iPhone app to access job opportunities on your phone. Features include a Google map view of the search results so that you can see how close the opportunities are to your home and a service to email or text you alerts when new opportunities become available.

Trabaja Friends for Facebook
Built by Monica Wilkinson and Magizharasu Thirunavukkarasu from San Francisco, CA
Trabaja Friends is a Facebook app that helps you recommend summer jobs to your friends from the Sumer Jobs+ Bank. You can send invitations directly to your friends or post them on their Facebook timeline. The app is also accessible outside Facebook at http://friends.cloudfoundry.com/.

Summer Job Fair
Built by Chris Willard from Brooklyn, NY
Summer Job Fair provides a simple interface to browse through a lot of jobs quickly, places them on a map, and includes special features to make your job search even quicker.