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Mobile Apps for Career Seekers

Mobile Apps for Career Seekers

You use your cell phone to text your kids, get directions, check in on Facebook and look up restaurants and movie listings.

Why not use it to look for a job, too?

Companies have woken up to the fact that 93 percent of the U.S. population owns some kind of cell phone and are customizing recruiting efforts accordingly. They’re creating career websites optimized to work with smartphones or regular cell phones. They’re letting job hunters opt in to receive automated text messages when new jobs open up. They’re creating mobile versions of job boards that job hunters can quickly scan from BlackBerrys and iPhones. And they’re creating specialized job-hunting apps that also help people research companies and practice interview questions.

If you’re looking for work, or just curious about what’s out there, here are some job-hunting apps worth checking out:

1. ResumeBear Mobile
Description: With the ResumeBear Mobile Application you can send your formatted resume to potential employers from your Android or iPhone and receive a text or email alert as soon as it’s been read.
Availability: Free, works on Droid, iPhone, iPad
Link: ResumeBear Mobile

2. LinkedIn Mobile
Description: This smartphone-optimized version of the business-oriented network of 85 million lets you create a profile that doubles as an online resume. Members also can connect with past and present colleagues, research companies, join groups, and ask questions.
Why you should be there: Recruiters routinely mine LinkedIn for people whose skills and background fit jobs they’ve been hired to fill, regardless of whether the person is job hunting.
Availability: Free, works on BlackBerry, iPhone, iPad and Palm smartphones.
Link: LinkedIn Mobile

3. TweetMyJobs
Description: This Twitter-based job board lets you sign up to have notices of job openings for specific positions, industries or locations texted to your cell phone or, if you have a Twitter account, added to your Direct Messages (DM) list. Sign up for the service from your phone or computer.
What you need: To read Twitter DMs from TweetMyJobs on a smartphone, you need a Twitter account and a Twitter app — Twitter has its own, but other popular mobile apps include TweetDeck, UberTwitter and Twittelator Pro.
Availability: Free, works on any text-enabled phone.
Link: TweetMyJobs

4. Job Search by Indeed.com
Description: The mobile version of Indeed.com’s jobs search engine helps you find positions on multiple job boards by title, keyword, company or location. From the site, sign up to have new job listings e-mailed to you.
Availability: Free, works on Droid, iPhone, iPad and BlackBerry.
Link: Indeed

5. Monster.com Jobs
Description: The mobile version of the popular job board lets you search jobs in real time, forward favorites to any e-mail address, manage resumes and fill out job applications. Other major job boards have come out with mobile apps as well, such as CareerBuilder.com’s CB Mobile.
Availability: Free, for iPhone and iPad.
Link: Mobile Monster

6. Pocket Resume
Description: Input your information into the supplied form to create, edit and e-mail a simple resume. The app uses PDF rendering technology to convert text to a PDF file.
Availability: $2.99, for iPhone and iPad.
Link: Pocket Resume

7. Job Interview Prep
Description:
This flashcard-style presentation of 50 common job interview questions includes a list of suggested answers for each. One satisfied customer wrote about the app: “Wow, 4 of 4 questions were asked, and (I’m) glad I downloaded this app.”
Availability: $2.99, for Android smartphones.
Link: Interview Prep

8. Opt-in text messages from companies you’d like to work for
Description:
If you’ve ever sent a text message to request more information on a product or service, you’ll understand how this works. When you spot an ad from a company that’s hiring, send a text to the number listed. You could be prompted to provide information on types of jobs that interest you. Or you could be automatically added to a distribution list to receive alerts when new jobs open up. Unfortunately, there’s no single place to find a list of all companies with opt-in text message jobs services.
Availability: Free, works with any text-enabled cell phone.

9. Google Maps
Description:
Google’s mobile-enabled navigation system turns an Android smartphone into the same kind of GPS you’d find in a car — only better, because it includes satellite views of streets and buildings. Whether you’re driving, taking public transportation or walking to an interview, you’ll know where you’re going. Use Google Maps with add-ons such as Traffic, with real-time traffic reports, and Places, which shows hotels, restaurants, coffee shops, ATMs and other services near your location.
Availability: Free, for Android phones.
Link: Google Maps

10. Bump
Description:
Think of this app as a 21st century business card. With this loaded into your smartphone, you can physically “bump” other phones equipped with the software to instantly  exchange names, addresses, phone numbers and other vital information. The latest version also lets users exchange pictures and videos. What a great way to leave your calling card with a hiring manager and show you’re up on the latest innovations, too.
Availability: Free, for iPhone and Android smartphones.
Link: Bump

 

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  2. Thanks for this list!
    We have found Social Media to be a great resource for finding jobs online. Taking care of your social media profiles can make you a stand out and a better candidate than the rest.
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  4. Great article. I have shared this with former and current staff of mine. We actually just started using TweetMyJobs so I am happy to see that is high on your list for career seekers. http://www.internaldrive.com

  5. Thanks for the mention of Monster’s mobile app, and for the helpful post. I want to mention another, unique free mobile app by Monster: the Monster Interviews app, which lets uses prepare for job interviews with tips, tools. and coaching features; access expert advice and practical resources; and follow up with a complete post-interview guide: http://career-services.monster.com/mobile-apps/home.aspx

    Our BeKnown networking app is also mobile: http://app.beknown.com/mobile/auth

  6. For me as a recruiter I prefer Monster and LinkedIn as the main sources to get candidates on international market. Monster is good for search and selection but LinkedIn is way better for headhunting projects

  7. There’s another app for IOS mobile

    http://www.giga-cv.com/

    resume/CV & cover letters as pdf files, printing, sending by e-mail.

  8. It was really exciting to see a Major Social Media Company step up and create a state-of-the-art mobile application. Linkedin offers that app.

  9. mobile phones today are more like a computer rather a cell phone, my droid is navigating internet faster than my old pc and I will try job search from there.

  10. Technology sure has come a long way. Who would have thought you could send your resume instantly via your cell phone? Amazing! These apps are a must for today’s serious job seeker, nice list.

  11. A great list for job seekers, you will never know when an opportunity will present its self with apps like pocket resume you will be prepared

  12. Technology sure makes job searching easier. Might as well take advantage of it.

    Just think of how powerful it is to be out on the town, run into someone who mentions the perfect job for you and you immediately send your application to the right person.

    I look forward to learning more about the new ResumeBear App.

  13. Ya, Now ResumeBear is adding a Job Search Feature to the Apps, Should be a Real Big Hit

  14. Wow, this is great information. I agree that mobile apps are here to stay. To be able to use your resume to find a job with your cell phone is truly a great breakthrough. Just about everyone has some type of cell phone so what a tool this will be now and in the future!

  15. Well said, Cindy A, and Betty, absolutely correct, although ResumeBear has Job Search App(s), it is not required that you have a “smartphone” to receive the alerts that someone is reviewing your resume. Great article, love the technology.

  16. Powerful stuff! More people need to be aware that they are talking into a “Gold Mine” when it comes to job searches. Using this timely technology to beat your competition in the job search is Good News!

  17. Fantastic information! I especially love the fact that ResumeBear Mobile provides a text or email alert when your resume is read. That is incredible!

  18. These are fabulous! I wish there were more available for non-smartphones, though. It is unlikely I will get a smartphone for at least a couple of years. At least I can currently opt in to texts from companies I might want to work for.

  19. This app is also a good one;

    http://www.hiddenjobsapp.com/

    it tracks articles and announcements about companies that are hiring

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