Your Smartphone could be a key to your next job, especially if you already are working full-time.
Once you’ve added a few mobile apps, your phone is an easy way to check new job openings and dig into the background of the recruiter or hiring manager who just left you a message.
It’s also a great way to manage your Twitter and LinkedIn accounts without your boss strolling by and spotting a list of job possibilities or connections sitting on your work computer screen. For any stealth job searcher, take your phone to lunch with you – and spend time on Indeed, Real Time Jobs or another application that compresses the best of a website or online tool for use on a mobile phone. (One exception: if your phone was given to you by your employer, you may not want the Monster or CareerBuilder mobile app sitting there amid client contracts.)
Before you start downloading iTunes most popular ones or the best rated career apps in CNET’s reviews, ask yourself: What do I want to accomplish with this tool? Do you want to apply for jobs? Or build your network or standing in your field? My Washington Post story gave some tips for getting started on choosing the right ones.
Many people believe the best all around app is LinkedIn’s because “you can search for jobs, manage your contacts and leverage your social network to help you get a foot in the door with this one site,” said Cheryl Palmer, a career coach, resume writer and founder of Call to Career. “Most professionals are already on LinkedIn, so it would be a natural next step to use it from a mobile phone.” See Palmer’s other picks below.
Alison Doyle, writer of About.com’s job search guide, has recommended an array of suggestions on mobile apps. Some are free and others cost 99 cents to $1.99. Here’s Doyle’s list of free apps for job seekers:
- LinkUp: LinkUp’s iPhone Job Search Engine app lets users search for jobs on company web sites by keyword, location, company, and category. Individuals apply to openings directly from their iPhone.
- LinkedIn: “You can take your network with you” with this one.
- Real Time Jobs: This iPhone app analyzes all Twitter status updates to identify job offers and make them indexed and searchable; you apply directly via your Twitter account.
- Indeed: With Indeed’s app users can search for jobs on the site and email listings to themselves or someone else. Recent searches are available and the list shows new jobs added since your last search. (Palmer also recommends this one.)
- Hire*A*Droid’s job search app for the Android platform supports the three major job search engines LinkUp, Indeed, and SimplyHired, so users can find job listings fast.
Palmer’s picks include:
- Job Finder: This application is similar to Indeed in that it aggregates job listings from across the Internet.
- TweetMyJobs: TweetMyJobs instantly notifies applicants of jobs via Twitter. This is very useful because employers will often stop reviewing resumes after they receive a certain number.
- Jibber Jobber: This enables job hunters to manage contacts that they have for different job opportunities. It is helpful to know, for example, who the contact person was for a position that you applied for three months ago and what the position entailed. “It is a great way to stay on top of the details of your job search,” Palmer said.
In the end, you want to choose an app that is easy and quick to use, and brings you valuable information. Plus mobile apps can extend your reach during your busy work day. For those who don’t work or play with mobile apps all the time or who are less tech savvy, it also creates confidence that you can master a new tool – and that will be important to your next boss.