Good.Co is a sort of mix between LinkedIn and a job search application. However, it's not so much about finding you any job, it's about finding the right career path that suits you as a person, regardless of qualification or experience. Companies that advertize for positions with Good.Co are interested in finding the right type of person, rather than the right resume. Good.Co assesses people that join the network by using the Myers Briggs Personality test method. You'll be asked fun, provocative questions that assess what your personality is like and from there, Good.Co aims to match you with companies looking for someone like you. You can import your LinkedIn network and you can connect with others from Google+ and Facebook, too.
To start your journey, all you need to do is to download Good.Co career fit from the Play Store and once you launch the app, you'll be given a sort of overview of what Good.Co is all about.
Good.Co is not all about finding your next job however, much like LinkedIn it's not all business all the time, and you can meet new friends using the service, too.
To get started, you'll need to sign up using your Google or Facebook account to get the most out of Good.Co. Somewhat confusingly, the Google sign-in process is not as simple as signing in with Google+ and is a little more complicated than you'd think.
When you first start out with Good.Co, you'll be answering a lot of questions through quizzes. These not only help give you an overview of what you're like as a person for employees, but they also reward you with things and can help you find compatible friends, too.
These questions come as fairly open questions, where you have to answer on a rough scale, some of them are quite insightful and really make you think about yourself.
The above question is a prime example and it was one that I thought quite interesting to ask. I detest calendars, and while I'm pretty good with a todo list app nowadays, I still can't get my head around calendars. There are other quizzes you can answer after the initial one to unlock more of the overall experience, and at the end of the quiz, you're given a sort of look at what your answers say about you. Here are my results:
The Strengths Card that was generated for me is pretty close to how I'd describe myself, I'm not so sure how driven or commanding I am, but I am fair and practical in a lot of choices I make day-to-day.
The whole point behind Good.Co is to find employers and to find friends that are similar to your personality. There are a number of ways you can do this. For friends, you can import your LinkedIn contacts and if you signed in with Google+ or Facebook, then your friends from these networks that are also on Good.Co will already be shown to you in the app.
To find a great company to work for, you can just search for, or look at the list of companies from the menu you pull out from the left.
Some of our readers might like to work at Amazon, Best Buy or AT&T as show in the list above. You can take a look at a company's presence in Good.Co like so:
You'll see that there are two options at the top. If you've connected your LinkedIn account, you can check how good a fit you are with the company using info from your profile on LinkedIn and answers to the quizzes from Good.Co. Or, you can just take a look at job listing, and as you can see there are jobs being added all the time.
The concept behind Good.Co is a pretty great idea, but sadly the Android app needs a lot of work. It's slow, and sometimes requires me to close the app and reopen it in order to get it working again. It's clear that this has simply ported, rather than built for Android from the ground up, but that's something that could change in the future. As far as Good.Co itself goes though, it's a nifty idea and one that I can really get behind. After all, it's not easy to figure out where you might be able to settle down and make a name for yourself, so having any sort of guidance is helpful. Sure, this is just machine learning and algorithms, but for many people that's preferable to spending time with a counsellor or something like that. With the app in your hands, and wherever you go, you're given access to a direct path to these businesses as well, which speeds the process of getting on that career ladder much easier from the get go.
- Speed (3/5) - There's no sugar coating this, Good.Co is a slow app, and this needs to be fixed in future releases.
- Features (4/5) - The quizzes are good fun, and they can be a nice insight into how you carry yourself and that sort of thing. Plus, the ability to meet new friends and network with companies and headhunters is a massive plus.
- Theme (4/5) - For an app that has a fairly mundane aim - nobody likes searching for their next job, Good.Co is a sharp looking app and the theme is light and inviting.
- Overall (4/5) - The flexibility and guidance on offer from Good.Co are great and they do make the performance issues easier to swallow. With some work, this could be one of the best ways to make more of your LinkedIn account and the way to get you on the right career path.
- Easy to get to grips with as there's nothing too complicated you need to remember or anything like that.
- Lots of companies and brands are listed here with jobs and guidance on where and how to start.
- The quizzes give you a good insight into your working style and can help you find the right employer for you - and new friends, too.
- A great way of extending the usefulness of your LinkedIn network and other networks.
- App is very slow on Android, and needs some serious performance upgrades.
- A more interactive tutorial on what the end goal for using Good.Co is would be great to those new to this sort of thing.
Overall, Good.Co is a great way of seeking some guidance if you're looking to change careers or just get on the right ladder for you. It works well the industry's darling that is LinkedIn and major American companies and brands are all ready and waiting to accept applications and see if you're a good fit with them. Nothing is too complicated here and while the Android app needs a speed boost, this is fairly easy to use and there's a lot of potential here.