Looking for a new job? You can always check Monster, Indeed or LinkedIn, but there's a new app in town: Planted. Think of it like a Tinder for your job search. The app simplifies your job hunt by turning job postings into cards that you approve or disapprove in one step. With a tap of a button, you can send your application to a new potential employer. No fuss or extra hassle.


Planted is completely free to use. All you have to do to get started is create an account and answer a few simple questions. Based on your answers, Planted will show you which industries or careers you might be interested in. Check off which ones will work for you and select the locations you're interested in. You can also connect your account to your LinkedIn profile to provide potential employers with additional information.


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Then, you'll be presented with your first batch of jobs. This section looks the most like the Tinder app. You are presented with a group of three to five jobs. Read each card and then decide whether or not to apply. This is as easy as tapping on a check or an X. Each day, you'll be presented with a new job batch — if there are any postings available.

The limit of job postings is a downside to Planted. The app gets its postings from startup companies. As such, established, long-lived companies won't be featured on the app. However, this is great if you want to get into the startup scene. My suggestion is not to limit the types of jobs the app will present you. Check any category or subject you think you could perform reasonably well in, even if you don't have specific experience in that area. Startups that are hiring usually need someone who is willing to work hard around the clock. If you have that kind of drive, you'll probably fit right in.


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Another drawback is the location limits. Right now, Planted lets you choose between five different cities: New York City, San Francisco, Boston, Washington, D.C., and Salt Lake City. And that's it. You can list other cities you would be interested in working manually and you can also check off a box for a remote position. But if none of these places interest you, you're kind of stuck. But then again, if you want to live in a less populated area, a startup scene really isn't for you anyway.

Planted will likely get better over time. The app advertises that its users will be prioritized in a company's job search. You can even earn an $100 credit if you invite a friend who gets hired through the service. Planted also works with their partner companies to offer sign up bonuses for its users who end up getting hired. But for now, Planted is a good service to use in conjunction with more traditional job websites and networking. You'll likely be exposed to job postings and opportunities you wouldn't have seen otherwise.

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Over two years into the most momentous event in our lives the world has changed forever … Some of us have PTSD from being locked up at home, some are living like everything’s going to end tomorrow, and the rest of us are merely trying to get by. When the pandemic hit we entered a perpetual state of vulnerability, but now we’re supposed to return to normal and just get on with our lives.

What does that mean? Packed bars, concerts, and grocery shopping without a mask feel totally strange. We got used to having more rules over our everyday life, considering if we really had to go out or keeping Zooming from our living rooms in threadbare pajama bottoms.

The work-from-home culture changed it all. Initially, companies were skeptical about letting employees work remotely, automatically assuming work output would fall and so would the quality. To the contrary, since March of 2020 productivity has risen by 47%, which says it all. Employees can work from home and still deliver results.

There are a number of reasons why everyone loves the work from home culture. We gained hours weekly that were wasted on public transport, people saved a ton of money, and could work from anywhere in the world. Then there were the obvious reasons like wearing sweats or loungewear all week long and having your pets close by. Come on, whose cat hasn’t done a tap dance on your keyboard in the middle of that All Hands Call!

Working from home grants the freedom to decorate your ‘office’ any way you want. But then people needed a change of environment. Companies began requesting their employees' RTO, thus generating the Hybrid Work Model — a blend of in-person and virtual work arrangements. Prior to 2020, about 20% of employees worked from home, but in the midst of the pandemic, it exploded to around 70%.

Although the number of people working from home increased and people enjoyed their flexibility, politicians started calling for a harder RTW policy. President Joe Biden urges us with, “It’s time for Americans to get back to work and fill our great downtowns again.”

While Boris Johnson said, “Mother Nature does not like working from home.'' It wasn’t surprising that politicians wanted people back at their desks due to the financial impact of working from the office. According to a report in the BBC, US workers spent between $2,000 - $5,000 each year on transport to work before the pandemic.

That’s where the problem lies. The majority of us stopped planning for public transport, takeaway coffee, and fresh work-appropriate outfits. We must reconsider these things now, and our wallets are paying

the price. Gas costs are at an all-time high, making public transport increase their fees; food and clothes are all on a steep incline. A simple iced latte from Dunkin’ went from $3.70 to $3.99 (which doesn’t seem like much but 2-3 coffees a day with the extra flavors and shots add up to a lot), while sandwiches soared by 14% and salads by 11%.

This contributes to the pressure employees feel about heading into the office. Remote work may have begun as a safety measure, but it’s now a savings measure for employees around the world.

Bloomberg are offering its US staff a $75 daily commuting stipend that they can spend however they want. And other companies are doing the best they can. This still lends credence to ‘the great resignation.’ Initially starting with the retail, food service, and hospitality sectors which were hard hit during the pandemic, it has since spread to other industries. By September 2021, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 4.4 million resignations.

That’s where the most critical question lies…work from home, work from the office or stick to this new hybrid world culture?

Borris Johnson thinks, “We need to get back into the habit of getting into the office.” Because his experience of working from home “is you spend an awful lot of time making another cup of coffee and then, you know, getting up, walking very slowly to the fridge, hacking off a small piece of cheese, then walking very slowly back to your laptop and then forgetting what it was you’re doing.”

While New York City Mayor Eric Adams says you “can't stay home in your pajamas all day."

In the end, does it really matter where we work if efficiency and productivity are great? We’ve proven that companies can trust us to achieve the same results — or better! — and on time with this hybrid model. Employees can be more flexible, which boosts satisfaction, improves both productivity and retention, and improves diversity in the workplace because corporations can hire through the US and indeed all over the world.

We’ve seen companies make this work in many ways, through virtual lunches, breakout rooms, paint and prosecco parties, and — the most popular — trivia nights.

As much as we strive for normalcy, the last two years cannot simply be erased. So instead of wiping out this era, it's time to embrace the change and find the right world culture for you.

What would get you into the office? Free lunch? A gym membership? Permission to hang out with your dog? Some employers are trying just that.

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Did you hear about the Great Resignation? It isn’t over. Just over two years of pandemic living, many offices are finally returning to full-time or hybrid experiences. This is causing employees to totally reconsider their positions.

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