Top 5 Mobile Apps to Help You Find a Job
At its worst, job searching can feel like a full time job in and of itself, as you’re trapped at a desk sending out applications.
We’ve talked on this blog before about various tools you can use to to make your job search a little bit easier. With so many different resources to hand, it can be difficult to know what will actually help you.
But our phones are with us everywhere, so it makes sense that a whole host of mobile apps for job searching would spring up, so you can apply for jobs on the go.
Most of these apps are extensions of the websites they originate from, designed to be more usable on mobile device, but some have additional features, all intended to save you time. We’ve found five that we think will help you get your next job.
If Indeed’s appeal lies in its simplicity, CareerBuilder’s is in its embracing of tech. This app has tools for every stage of your job search, and for a while afterwards to boot.
To start with, you can make a uniquely personalised CV for the app, and then use that when applying to places. Like LinkedIn, there are alerts when people are looking at your profile, and how much attention you’re getting.
It even has an augmented reality feature, where you can hold up your phone and see job openings at local businesses, although there is also a much more practical map view as well. This makes the fact that it’s free even more surprising.
Long term, the app offers up ideas for skills you should be developing, lets you research potential career paths, as well as optionally sending out new vacancies to help you plan the next stage of your career.
Snag tries to wear a lot of hats, having options for part time work aimed at teens, full time professional work, and entry level work too, but its strengths lie in how it lets you approach your profile. You can make video profiles for prospective employers, take quizzes to figure out what jobs might fit your personality, get daily job recommendations and use one click applications to show employers your profile.
From what we can see, Snag is best for people looking for entry level work, people who aren’t sure of where they want to go next on their career path, or people looking for a fresh start. But it’s definitely one to watch as it develops, with its creative approach to job applications.
“Our phones are with us everywhere”
3) Good & Co
This app isn’t going to directly get you a job, but it can be a fun part of the process of finding potential employers.
You can use it to complete personality quizzes for personality aspects that are relatively popular among recruiters, including Myers-Briggs and Big-Five tests. Then, it lets you compare your result to the results of others in various companies. So not only does this let you get a sense of what kind of employee you might be, and where your strengths and weaknesses lie, it can also help you get a loose idea of a company’s employer brand, and see if it’s going to be a good fit for you. We’ve talked about the importance of ways of getting a good sense of a company before you join them here and this is another tool in your arsenal
If you’re serious about having a professional brand, you should probably already be on Linkedin, it’s a really powerful social tool, and it being so ubiquitous means it almost looks odd for people not have one nowadays.
But Linkedin‘s app also has very robust job searching features. You can let it know you’re job seeking, and it’ll send you roles based on the skills, abilities and criteria that you give it to go off of. This is ideal for people who are already in work and looking for a new job, as Linkedin will conceal your job seeking from your current employer. Alternatively, you can look manually through various listings and use your profile to apply to them. You can also use Linkedin’s salary checker to help you with negotiation.
Looking to shore up your Linkedin profile to appeal to potential employers? We’ve got some simple tips here.
Indeed is, simply put, one of the biggest job board sites in the world, with its database reaching something close to an average of 16 million entries over 60 countries. It makes sense, then, that it’s app is one worth considering using.
Indeed lacks some of the fancier features of its competitors, but this means that its beauty is in its simplicity. You can upload your CV and then send it off to many positions with a few quick taps, use your phone’s GPS to narrow down jobs by location, or manually filter jobs by salary and hours.
This app also often requires you to provide supplementary materials, like cover letters, (and it is good form to provide cover letters, even with Indeed’s one click applications) which isn’t ideal when done on a phone. Consider supplementing this app with something like google docs, or other file and word processing apps that let you create more substantial cover letters, rather than typing directly into the app.
Think of it more like a mobile optimized extension of the normal job board. A lot of popular job board sites are extending into their own mobile apps, including Reed and Monster, and they tend to be functional.
A new app can offer up a refreshing look at the job market, and a bit more variety than endlessly staring at the same screen on a laptop. Apps don’t take a great deal of investment to try out, so experiment and figure out which work the best for you.