Searching for a job can be time-consuming and exhausting. You don't want to work just anywhere; you want a company that will support your dreams as much as you support theirs, sharing both values and goals.
Finding the right match can feel impossible – but it doesn't have to. All you need is a smart device and the right apps to take your search on the go so you can apply to job openings anywhere, anytime. Heck, even Facebook is getting in on the job search market.
Whether you're looking to make a big career change or you just want to find a new opportunity, here are 10 mobile job search apps to help you find your dream gig.
1. Indeed Job Search
Just like its full website, Indeed's mobile app lets you search for jobs and filter the results based on your industry, location, desired salary and more. The app aggregates listings from thousands of sources, including other online job boards, company career pages and newspaper classifieds. 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, on your desktop, or attach your resume to your account so you can apply in-app.
2. Jobs by CareerBuilder
With the CareerBuilder app, you can search for jobs by industry, location or company. You don't even need a CareerBuilder account to use the app: Simply upload your resume from your Dropbox or Google+ account and start your search. You can track and view your job-search history, save jobs for later, and view your competition with average stats on other applicants' education levels and years of experience. CareerBuilder will also recommend jobs and alert you when your application has been received and viewed.
3. LinkedIn Job Search
LinkedIn is easily one of the most popular professional networking tools out there, but it isn't just about selling yourself with a flattering personal profile. Just like on the LinkedIn website, LinkedIn Job Search lets you search for open positions in your industry and sort them by date posted, salary and other criteria. When you find something you like, you can apply directly in-app with your LinkedIn profile. The app will also recommend jobs based on your profile and past search criteria, and notify you when a relevant job goes live in your area.
The Monster app is a mobile companion to one of the biggest online job boards. Like competing apps, it lets you search for new openings and filters results based on your needs and preferences. Sign in to your Monster account to access your uploaded resumes, cover letters and previously submitted job applications. You can also sign up to be notified when new positions are listed.
With the Reach app by Big Rock Labs, finding local professionals and events in your industry has never been easier. Once you're logged in through your LinkedIn account or email address, you can search for nearby users with your phone's GPS sensor or for users who have checked in to specific nearby locations. If you find someone you want to connect with, "Reach Out" by sending a request. If the person accepts, contact information for the two of you is exchanged and you can start a productive conversation. You can also discover trending events near you and register to attend in-app.
Snagajob is a great app 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 shows you the exact location of each job. When you find an opening you want, save it for later or apply in the app. You can also sign up for email alerts to be notified when a new position opens.
Switching jobs can be a real hassle, especially if the wrong person at your current company finds out. Keep the heat down with Switch, an anonymous job-search app that lets employed professionals quietly search for new positions. The interface, which resembles dating app Tinder, allows you to swipe right on potential jobs you're interested in. Hiring managers will see only your professional profile – not your name or contact information – and if they like what they see, you'll instantly be connected so you can chat further about the opening.
8. ZipRecruiter Job Search
ZipRecruiter Job Search streamlines the process by aggregating listings from more than 100 job boards including Monster, Career Builder and Simply Hired. The app lets you upload your resume so you can easily apply for jobs on the go. ZipRecruiter gives you the ability to bookmark jobs using the mobile app, then apply later once you're on your home computer. You can also set custom alerts so you're notified as new jobs are posted.
Glassdoor not only allows you to search job openings, it also provides feedback from current and past employees regarding company culture, benefits, pay and more. It's a two-way street: You add your own comments on companies you've worked for and receive inside information on others in return. Gaining these insights helps you narrow down your options and weed out companies that might not be a good fit.
Good&Co is unique in its mission to match you with a career that suits your skills and interests. Using the app, you can take personality quizzes to better understand what you want and what you can offer employers. You are then presented with companies that play to your strengths, and you can then apply outside of the app.
Additional reporting by Brett Nuckles and Nicole Fallon.