The USAJobs Unofficial app was born. There were many growing pains and I struggled to deal with responsiveness and errors. I remember both the positive and negative feedback, and most of all how proud I felt that so many people were using the unofficial application. I actually used three of the feedback I received on my resume for a job I applied for (I got the job)!
The official app released at a time when the growing pains had eased and the unofficial app began to flourish. I debated whether user would still use the unofficial app. Since I was getting many request for new features and support I decided to keep the development going.
I begin working on an unofficial version 2.0 for a future release. Taking the lessons I have learned and the popular request features I wanted to give something to the loyal users.
On December of 2013, I removed the USAJobs Unofficial app from the play store due to real life and technical issues. Without going into much detail, I have had my primary computer in storage since that time, and without it, I am unable to update the app.
In November of 2014 I decided to start working a completely new redesigned unofficial application. Having a year plus of solid programming experience, many things made more sense to me. I was able to learn from previous mistakes and I really wanted to offer an alternative to the official app as I find it not very user friendly.
This current version of the USAJobs application (v2) is more of an enhancement of the website. I took care to allow the user to be able to switch between their phone/tablet to the website and vice-versa.
An example is that you can save a job through the application, and when you login to the website, you can view that job you saved. Streamline the entire process while trying to make it user friendly, both functionality and visibly.
The new app should be more responsive than the previous version by informing the user of what is going on. I am sure there are areas that will need improvement, as well as a host of enhancements I hope to release in the future.
So there you have it, in a nutshell, I formally invite you along this journey of an app that may one day help YOU get a job :)
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Is this the official USAJobs Application?
A: No. This is an unofficial app and techrens is not affiliate in any way with usajobs.gov
Q: How do you get compensated on all this work you do?
A: Ads on the search results page, so if you see something that interest you then by all means click on the ad The other compensation is the knowledge that I am helping people get a job!
Q: Are you going to steal my password?
A: I have no desire to steal your information. If you still are concern then do not sign in.
Q: Is there anything I can do to help?
A: Sure if you like the app please give me positive feedback, if you have any suggestions please send it to support@ techrens.com
Q: I am having a problem with the app can you help me?
A: Sure send an email to support@ techrens.com
Q: Could you add a new feature to the app?
A: It depends, send an email to [email protected]
Q: Why doesn't this app work on my phone/tablet?
A: Please check to make sure you have the most up-to-date version of the app. If you are still having issues please send an email to [email protected]