For those who have added the Adventures in CRE Job Board (A.CRE Jobs) to your commercial real estate job search process, we have some exciting news! We’d like to announce the launch of the newly completed A.CRE Jobs app for Android and iOS devices. To download the free app, open a browser on your mobile device and type in www.acrejobs.com. The link will take you to the job board where a banner will appear across the top of the screen linking you to the app download page. You can also download the app directly from the Google Play Store or Apple Store here:
Android phone and tablet users: Google Play Store
iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users: Apple Store
The Genesis of the A.CRE Jobs App for Android and iOS Devices
As Michael and I began working on the A.CRE Jobs project, we quickly came to the conclusion – from personal experience and feedback from others – that the job board needed its own mobile app. Most of us browse for jobs when we have a spare minute; on the train heading into work in the morning, on the bus between classes, or sitting in the break room at work. The mobile browser experience, even with a mobile-first site like A.CRE Jobs, is wanting. So we set out early to develop an app alongside the web-based version of the job board.
However, unlike in the case of website development, we lack the technical know-how to design a mobile app. So we engaged a developer with experience building job site apps using our same web platform. The process took longer than expected, and the product is far from perfect, but the result is a quality job board app tailored exclusively to the career interests of our Adventures in CRE readers.
The Industry’s First (and only) CRE Job Board App
It may not be for long, but for now as far as we know, this is the only job board app developed exclusively for commercial real estate jobs. And we’re excited to be bringing this tool to the industry.
As most of you know, Adventures in CRE is a labor of love for Michael and I. The projects we work on derive from our own experience working in CRE, and in noticing areas that need improvement. Years ago, we wished there were more readily accessible real estate models to practice on as we learned to model, and thus the Library of Excel Real Estate Models was born. Likewise, as we searched for information about graduate real estate options, we were frustrated with the limited resources online; hence the Masters in Real Estate and MBA in Real Estate profile series.
In a similar vein, we’ve been chapped by the limitations of the various commercial real estate job boards out there. And so this project is meant to provide our colleagues in the industry, especially the younger generation, a robust alternative.
Features of the A.CRE Jobs App
The app is meant to offer an alternative to the mobile browser experience. App users enjoy smoother and faster navigation, push notifications of new jobs, and a clean and simple interface. New jobs arrive instantly to your pocket and browsing every job in the database is as easy as swiping up and down.
The app is simple (we’re on a shoe-string budget so cut us some slack!), but offers some respectable features on par with many other job apps out there. Tap the magnifying glass icon in the upper-left hand corner of the main screen and a job filter tool opens up, offering you the option to filter jobs by keyword, job category (e.g. acquisitions, development, research), and job type (e.g. internship, full-time).
The app is linked directly to our job database, so when a new job is posted to the board your phone will immediately alert you (push notification). You can turn this feature off in the settings. Currently, there is no way to customize the notifications you receive, so you are notified of all new jobs. But in the future, if the app is well-received, we plan to add improvements such as custom notifications.
How to Give Back? Provide Feedback and Share A.CRE Jobs
With the various projects we’re working on, many of you email asking how you can help. In this case, it’s simple: 1) provide feedback and 2) share the job board.
Your feedback is invaluable to improving the app going forward. Please don’t hesitate to email us with ideas and comments.
And please share A.CRE Jobs with your friends and colleagues in real estate. The continued success of A.CRE Jobs and the A.CRE Jobs app relies on eyeballs viewing jobs so that employers want to share those jobs directly with the Adventures in CRE community. So please spread the word.