6 apps for savvy jobseekers

Take your career search with you, and empower yourself to find that new gig. Even better, five of the six apps are free (and the other one is only a few bucks).


One of the great things about the increased prevalence of tablets and smartphones is the incredible array of apps that help you work better, smarter, and faster—and that includes looking for a job.

After all, you likely use your phone or tablet to stay up-to-date with your social networks, manage your email, and consume content. Why not use it as a job-seeking tool, too? Whether you’re an iPhone or Android user, don’t worry—we’ve got you covered. Check out this list of the six best apps for job seekers. Put these in action and you’ll likely be one step closer to finding your dream job.

iUSAJOBS

Looking for a government position? The iUSAJOBS iPhone app is a must-have. The mobile app version of the federal government’s official job resource was released in 2010 and gives users the ability to search and apply for government jobs across the country.

Whether you’re seeking a mechanical repair position with the Department of Defense or want to be a speechwriter for government officials, the iUSAJOBS app can help you stay up-to-date with available opportunities. A helpful tip? Although the app is free, you need an account with usajobs.gov before using the mobile app to apply for a position.

Cost: Free

ResumeBear

All job seekers love instant feedback. ResumeBear is an Android app that allows users to send their résumé from their mobile phone and receive a notification whenever it’s viewed. As a user, you also have the option of adding your résumé to the ResumeBear database and can access the ResumeBear Job Search tool to apply for jobs in your industry.

Plus, ResumeBear is a great source of career-related content so you can browse a library of helpful tips while you wait to hear back from a prospective employer.

Cost: Free

Job Search

Looking for a simple job-seeking tool? Indeed.com‘s mobile counterpart (available for iPhone and Android) is powerful, yet easy to use. Search for a wide range of jobs by industry and location. Once you’ve found a position that fits your skills and experience, you can email it to yourself or save it for future reference. Simply touch “My Jobs” on the app’s home screen to access your list of saved jobs.

The Job Search app may be easy to use, but it’s sophisticated, too. As you continue to use the tool, it will update with recent job postings based on your past search options. After all, applying for jobs is tough. Finding them shouldn’t be.

Cost: Free

Hire-A-Droid

Channel the power of multiple job search engines with the Hire-A-Droid Android app. You’ll be able to search available positions across SimplyHired, LinkUp, Indeed, CareerBuilder, and more. Consider this the perfect job-seeking app for multi-taskers. Once you find a promising position, not only can you save, send, or share it, but also you can annotate it, which is a helpful way to stay organized and keep track of where you are in the job-seeking process. If you have a LinkedIn account, you can also use Hire-A-Droid to search available jobs on LinkedIn.

Cost: Free

LinkedIn

LinkedIn is a great source to grow and stay up-to-date with your professional network. It’s also a valuable job-seeking tool. The site offers Android and iPhone apps that are easy to use and offer a wide range of functionality, including the ability to expand your connections, post status updates, and search available jobs that are recommended based on the information provided in your LinkedIn profile.

Although you can’t apply for jobs directly within the app, you can save them and access the complete job information (and apply) from the LinkedIn desktop site.

Cost: Free

GOALS ToDo

Not only is this a great app for job seekers, but it’s also handy for anyone managing a hectic schedule. The GOALS ToDo Android app is similar to a visualization tool and brings together your appointments, contacts, and addresses already in your phone to create one unified to-do list.

You can search jobs, too, and once you’ve applied, use the app to keep your job interview schedule up-to-date and organized. You can schedule reminders to make sure you stay on track with your job-seeking task list. All that functionality for a few bucks.

Cost: $4.99

As you embark on your job search, consider enlisting the help of an app to give you increased connectivity—not to mention productivity on the go. After all, technology is a wonderful thing. Why not put it to work for you?

Got a favorite job-seeking app that wasn’t mentioned? Share it in the comments.

Amber Carucci heads up the team of writers for the Burns & McDonnell corporate blog as well as the Burns & McDonnell HR blog, where a version of this story first appeared. She’s also part of a team that leads the company’s social media efforts.

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