Use your smartphone to be the first to pounce on new job openings.
Looking for work isn’t easy. Job seekers can endure weeks or months of applications, interviews and networking before landing the right gig. Online job boards and social media websites can help, but these days you don't have to be chained to your computer to hunt down a new career. With your Android or iPhone and the right apps, you can look for work from anywhere, be the first to pounce on new openings, and sell yourself to recruiters. Read on for eight great apps that will help you stop searching and start working.
Indeed Job Search (Free) – Android & iPhone
At a glance, Indeed (available for Android and iPhone) appears to be a rather straightforward job search app. Just like the full website, the iPhone app lets you search for jobs, and filter the results based on your industry, location, desired salary and more. The advantage to using Indeed is that the service aggregates listings from thousands of sources, including other online job boards, company career pages, newspaper classifieds and more. Users can set up email alerts to be notified when new jobs appear in a specific category. When you find a job you like, save it so you can apply later. Or apply directly from the iPhone app once you've attached your résumé to your account.
Simply Hired (Free) – Android & iPhone
Like Indeed Job Search, the Simply Hired app (available for Android and iPhone) is an aggregation tool that scrapes job listings from a big variety of sources, including other job boards and company websites. The app also lets you set up email alerts for new listings based on your search criteria; by subscribing to a particular job category on both Simply Hired and Indeed.com, you can minimize the chances of missing a new opportunity in your field. And if you're using your smartphone to help with your job search, you can review your daily notifications from anywhere. When you find a job you like, save it so you can apply later, or apply directly within the app if you already uploaded your résumé.
Monster (Free) – Android & iPhone
The Monster app (available for Android and iPhone) is a mobile companion to one of the biggest job boards on the Internet. Like competing apps, it lets you search for new openings and filter your results based on your needs and preferences. Sign in to your Monster account to access your uploaded résumés, cover letters and previously submitted job applications. And you can sign up to be notified when new positions are listed. When you find a job you like, save it for later, or apply for them directly from your mobile device.
Snagajob (Free) – Android & iPhone
Snagajob (available for Android and iPhone) is a solid job search app, especially if you're looking for hourly work in the restaurant, retail or customer service industries. It lets you narrow your search results by type, location and other criteria, and an integrated map lets you see the exact location of a job. When you find an opening you like, save it for later or apply right within the app. You can also sign up for email alerts to be notified when a new position opens up. Within the Snagajob app you can also read helpful tips for applying, interviewing and advancing your career.
JobCompass (Free) – iPhone
When you're considering a new job opening, proximity is key. Accepting a position that's far from home could mean you'll have to move or endure a long commute. JobCompass (available for iPhone) is an app that's focused on finding you jobs that are nearby. While most job boards allow you to filter search results based on your ZIP code, JobCompass goes the extra mile by using your smartphone's GPS to show you where the job is in relation to you or another specified location. If you're thinking about moving to a new city, search for jobs in that area to see what's out there. And when you find a job you like, email it yourself, to a friend, or apply directly within the app.
LinkedIn (Free) – Android & iPhone
LinkedIn (available for Android and iPhone) isn't just about selling yourself with a flattering personal profile. The top social networking app for professionals also has a solid job board, letting you search for open positions in your industry and sort them by date posted, salary and other criteria. The app is also a good networking tool for job seekers. The app features a powerful search function to help you find a new contact and connect with them. And the near ubiquity of LinkedIn ensures most professionals you meet will already have profiles. Connecting takes just a few moments, and you can do it anywhere if you're using the mobile app. And once you're connected on LinkedIn, there's no need to exchange paper business cards, which are easily lost or forgotten.
Intro (Free) – Android & iPhone
Intro (available for Android and iPhone) lets you connect and network with people in your industry. Just install the app and register using your LinkedIn or Facebook account. Intro introduces you to new people in your social media networks, and lets you see which of your mutual contacts have connected. You can then review potential contacts and send a connection request with just a few taps. Intro can also notify you about professional events and social Meetups with people in your network, which can help you make new connections in your industry – and hopefully land your dream job.
CardDrop (Free) - iPhone
Networking is a key part of any successful job search. And exchanging business cards is a time-tested networking strategy. But paper business cards are easily lost – and a lost business card means a missed connection. With CardDrop (available for iPhone) you can create a digital business card, and hand it out in multiple ways. Just open the app and "drop" your business card; the app uses your phone's GPS sensor to determine the location you dropped your card. New contacts can then pick the card up using the app, or just by visiting the CardDrop website and typing in the name or address of the meeting location. They can pick it up at any time, even days after your initial meeting. The app also allows you to trade digital business cards with people you haven't met in person, and even helps you connect to new contacts via social media channels such as LinkedIn and Twitter.