As university students, we are constantly pressured to prioritize recruiting while also balancing academics, extracurriculars, and well-being. We are expected to spend 10 hours or more on recruiting each week, and much of this time goes to mindlessly copying the same responses over and over again into job applications. We believe that with our application, we can significantly cut down these inefficiencies by storing and automatically filling repetitive portions of job applications.
What it does
Our hack comes in two parts: a website application and a Chrome extension. The website application serves as a hub for all data entry and progress updates regarding job applications. Here, the user can identify commonly asked questions and prepare static responses. When filling out a job application, the user can open the Chrome extension, which will identify questions it has stored responses for and automatically fill out those fields.
How we built it
Challenges we ran into
From the beginning, we recognized that data security had to be a top priority, as our application could be storing possibly sensitive information regarding our users. We initially considered manually encrypting all of our stored data, but realized that we did not have the skills or resources to accomplish this task. In the end, we decided that it was in the best interest of our users and ourselves to outsource this to a professional data security company. This will not only ensure that our users' data is being kept secure, but also provide our users with peace of mind.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We are proud that we were able to have a demo displaying the user interface for where they would be entering their data. Being able to for the first time, create a Figma X Overflow product concept was an accomplishment. Further more, none of us had previously built a Google Chrome Extension before and learning how to do that and creating basic functionality is something we are extremely proud of.
What we learned
We learned that there is a whole lot more that goes into making a pitch than initially expected. For instance, as a team we prioritized making our application functional, and it was only later that we realized our presentation needed to be more holistic approach, like including an action plan for development and deciding how we would finance the project.
What's next for RE-Work
We hope to explore the idea of building an accompanying mobile app to increase accessibility and convenience for the user. This way, the user can access and edit their information easily on the go. Additionally, this would allow for push notifications to keep the user up to date on every related to job searching, and ease of mobile pay (ex. Apple Pay) when upgrading to our premium subscription.