According to the Pew Research Centres 2015 Report on smartphone usage in the US, Smartphones are used for much more than calling, texting, or basic internet browsing. In fact, 43% of smart phone owners used their phone to look up information about a job and another 18% used their phone to submit a job application. And it’s not just in the US. The trend is common in many countries around the world.
With so many people using their mobile phones for job search, it’s not surprising that there are hundreds of phone apps available to help you manage the job search process. Which ones are really good? Are any worth paying for?
The 4 Most Useful Apps to Increase Your Job Search Success:
Twitter is a true friend in the job search process because it is all about ‘real time’ information. It can help you identify new job advertisements, research organizations, access career advice and build your professional network.
HR professionals use Twitter to actively fill open positions. It’s cost effective and gives the recruiter a way of advertising positions to a smaller pool of engaged professionals. When you are in job search mode look for Twitter hashtags like #job, #career, or #hiring.
Twitter also helps you by building your network and connections. People are constantly finding jobs through relationships they formed on Twitter. Remember, your day-to-day activity on Twitter raises awareness about who you are and what value you could bring to a particular company so make sure your twitter profile and behaviour are both professional.
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Twitter App Cost – Free
Evernote is a very easy to use program that allows you to capture all of your notes, images and audio files in one place and sort them into folders. You can access the program from any or all of your devices including your mobile phone. The Evernote Web Clipper browser allows you to clip and save information from web pages that you can easily access later. This is perfect for job advertisements, career articles to read and job search lists.
It’s a good idea to create a folder for the names, emails, and phone numbers of everyone you have contacted regarding a job application. This helps you keep tack of all the important details and builds your network over time too.
Evernote is also easily searchable so use tags like ‘job search’ and ‘job application’ to keep track of things easily.
Evernote App Cost – The app is free and for the most part the account is free too with a few limitations not found in the Premium accounts. Premium accounts cost $5 per month or $45 per year but for job search success the free account is more than good enough.
We have written many posts about how LinkedIn helps your job search process. It’s a very powerful, professional job search and networking tool used by many business professionals. The LinkedIn job board lets you search for open positions in your industry and sort them by date posted, salary and other criteria. The app also features a powerful search function to help you find new contacts and connect with them.
Start by creating a professional profile and use it to build your network, ask for recommendations from the people who know you best and tell your network you’re looking for a job by posting an update from your homepage.
You should also check the ‘Jobs You May Be Interested In’ and ‘Jobs In Your Network’ sections on the jobs page regularly.
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LinkedIn App Cost – Free
Are you good at remembering specific names and faces? Most people struggle remembering the names of new people they meet so imagine how much more difficult this becomes when you are looking for a new job and going to lots of job interviews.
Namerick uses tried-and-true techniques to help you remember the name of a person you’ve just met, creating memory mnemonics, sending you followup reminders, and more. This helps you remember not just the person you interviewed with but everyone in the organisation you were introduced to and their role. This is especially important if you are called back for a second interview where you can use the information you now remember to truly impress.
Namerick App Cost – At the moment the cost is $0.99, a small cost to keep track of all those important details during the job search process.
There are literally hundreds of job search apps you can download and use on your phone. Do a quick review of the job listing apps available for the country you live in and download the best 3 so you don’t feel overwhelmed. The apps we have recommended here are there to help you manage the job search process by keeping all the necessary information in a few efficient apps that you can access quickly and easily from multiple devices.