The job search process has changed tremendously in the last fifteen years. Twenty years ago, it wasn’t uncommon to walk into a business to present your resume for an opportunity. Today, a company might be surprised if you delivered your resume in person. In fact, most of your job search happens online.
And, interestingly, most of the tools you need to look for a job are inside your pocket with you right now – on your smart phone. In the Apple App Store alone, there are more than 500 apps available for download when you look up “job searching.”
Here are a few of the job apps I have on my phone today. Give them a try — they just might help!
LinkedIn – The app is a scaled down version of what’s available on the LinkedIn website. You can edit your profile, join groups, send messages, and apply for jobs. Best of all, the app allows you to search the contacts from your phone to see who else you know is also on LinkedIn.
Indeed – Much like the Indeed website, you’ll have the option to search and apply for jobs. You can also easily peruse employer reviews. This app is very straightforward and easy to use. It’s a great place to search for jobs if you find yourself looking during the day while you’re at work.
Glassdoor – Glassdoor works much like Indeed, but with added functionality. You can also search salaries by title and city. That’s right — you can find out how much certain positions pay in Memphis. You’ll also find sample interview questions to help you prepare.
Jobr – Jobr is a newer app that’s described as a “mobile job discovery and matching platform that connects corporate recruiters and hiring managers with a rapidly growing base of talented candidates. Companies can connect with a wide range of hard-to-reach passive, neutral and active candidates who are leaders in their respective fields and have matriculated from top universities.”
Jobr works for jobs much like Tinder works for dating. It’s an easy to use swipe app. I’m still new to this app and hope to share more about it with you very soon.
I hope you enjoy these apps. They can certainly enhance your job search. But, don’t forget the basics. Your smart phone is also a great place to send e-mails, and make real life person to person phone calls. Using your existing contacts to search is the most effective way to look for a job.
A recent survey by CareerXroads estimated that only 15% of people find jobs online. That means that 85% found them somewhere else — like through a friend or colleague.
The bottom line is — technology will help your search, but you still have to do the heavy lifting.
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Author: Angela Copeland
Angela Copeland is Founder and Coach for Copeland Coaching, a great way to jump start your job search. Follow her on Twitter @CopelandCoach for tips on finding the perfect job for you.