Admittedly, searching for a job is a quite daunting task. Those who say the opposite has certainly been accompanied by the Providence in their quest. In our digital age, where we find applications almost for all things; smart people have invented great IT tools to help you find your job. In the list that follows, we present you the best applications of the market.
The order we followed has no implication on the intrinsic superiority. As always, each app has its advantages and disadvantages, and you are free to take time of testing them all until you are satisfied. One thing is certain: a job seeker whose smartphone possess one of these tools has far more chance of succeeding. That being highlighted, here is the list of the 10 best apps to try in your job-searching caravan. So, make sure you read this article up to the end in order to get the whole information.
1. ZipRecruiter Job Search
This app was launched in 2010. Back then, ZipRecruiter Job Search was a platform that small businesses used to advertise their job offers. Over the years, ZipRecruiter job search has greatly improved in order to become a kind of huge database gathering entries from 100 job boards. ZipRecruiter Job Search allows you to complete your profile online, import your CV and cover letter. Moreover, you have the opportunity to edit these data whenever you want.
When your complete data is posted, you enter a database with the possibility that recruiters and prospective employers will notice you and retain you as a potential candidate they can contact for an interview. Interesting, isn’t? What anyone who is familiar with online job seeking can notice is that ZipRecruiter job search differs from the common model that classic job sites use, through which it is rather the job seeker who approaches the employer.
Along the process, ZipRecruiter job search will give you your status updates, for instance, when your CV has been viewed, and this is a genius source of information on for how your profile and experience are likely to grant you a chance of getting a job.
Winning points of the app: it gathers a wide range of jobs, not to mention the ability to be noticed and contacted by recruiters or even employers.
This app connects any job seeker with hourly employment opportunities. With Snagajob, you will be able to find a list of jobs like a security guard, cashier, delivery driver, waiter, and much more. If for example, you click on links to Johannesburg or Pretoria, you will many hourly-based job opportunities in the two cities.
Interestingly, you can search for local job openings and have Daily Job Matches updates sent directly to your phone or tablet. You can filter positions by timetable (part-time jobs, seasonal jobs, winter jobs, summer jobs…) and the nature of the job (food and restaurant, automotive, construction, etc.). The same applies to the distance between the job and your residence.
Snagajob possesses a map function that allows the user to see the company’s location. Whereas Snagajob lists many easy to apply for jobs, there are many others that require you to pass through the long process of applying on the company’s website.
Winning points of the app: Local settings, easy to find hourly jobs.
3. Facebook Jobs
The biggest social network on Earth has also a job finding features, but many people ignore it and use Facebook mainly to chat with friends. Facebook’s jobs board is vast, and when using a computer, you will find it at the homepage; just under the Explore section. To simplify things, you can solely click on http://www.facebook.jobs/ and then follow the instructions. When using a smartphone or a tablet, you can find the jobs board by using the Facebook mobile app that you can freely download from Google Play for Androids devices. For iPhones users, you can download the app from iTunes.
After finding a job posting that interest you, just click on the Apply Now button: It will redirect you to the employer’s Facebook page. By clicking again the Apply Now button, you will be able to pop up a page with your name, education and employment history that you posted on your Facebook profile or page. You will also find a text box through which you can Introduce Yourself in 1,000 characters or less. After doing that, the magic happens: after clicking send, your information will directly land into the employer’s Facebook messaging box as a private message!
Winning points of the app: The possibility of referring to an employer your summary from your Facebook profile.
4. Jobs by CareerBuilder
Yet another interesting app! CareerBuilder allows you to search for jobs according to industry, location or company. Better enough, this app does not ask you to open a CareerBuilder account in order to use it! All you have to do is to upload your summary from Dropbox or Google+, and then start your hunt. It is possible to track and view your job-search history, save jobs for later application, or even view your competition with average stats on other applicants’ education levels and years of experience. CareerBuilder is downloadable to Android devices and iOS ones.
Winning points of the app: when your application has been received and viewed, the app will also recommend jobs and alert you when similar jobs are posted. Genius!
5. Indeed Job Search
Indeed Job Search follows another brainy model: it collects job listings according to settings that the job seeker has set up; essentially the industry, location, desired salary and so on. The available job listings are gathered from the most important online job boards, from newspaper classifieds, from associations & company career pages and put into one location for job seekers to access.
Another interesting feature of Indeed Job Search is its GPS based alert function: depending on where you are in a town, the apps alert you about nearby entities that are offering jobs. Likewise, you can set up email alerts to be notified when new jobs appear in a category of interest.
Did you find a job you like thanks to Indeed Job Search? Well, just save it so that you can apply for it when time allows you to do so. On the other hand, if you have already uploaded your summary, you can send it immediately with an attached and customized message. Ultimately, Indeed Job Search keeps a record of every job you apply for, and this may be interesting later on.
Winning points of the app: the huge gathering of potential jobs in various industries, the GPS based alert feature.
Monster app is the mobile channel of one of the leading online job boards. As for other apps, it allows you to search for new listings and filters results based on your desires and fondness. Once you have opened a Monster account, just sign in in order to access your uploaded summaries, cover letters as well as previously submitted applications. It is also possible to sign up to be notified when new jobs are listed. Monster app is compatible with Android and iOS.
Winning points of the app: the possibility of accessing uploaded summaries, cover letters and previously submitted job applications.
LinkUp gathers jobs found on companies’ websites. The interesting aspect of LinkUp is that it will help you to dig into what is often referred to as ″the hidden job market″. That is because the other major search engines do not have some jobs listings that are “hidden” on the websites of employers who do not want to grant their listings to the big search engines. In other words, if you do not know the company, you can’t find the job listing although you might be qualified for it. However, LinkUp is daily updated and has more than three million jobs listed.
Winning points of the app: Access to jobs that you cannot find on other major search engines.
Reach App is a product of Big Rock Labs. This app is much more a collaborators finder as it makes it very easy to find local professionals and events in a given industry. You log in via your LinkedIn account or email address. Once you are logged in, you become instantly search for nearby users with your phone’s GPS sensor. Same for users who have checked in to specific nearby locations. After you find someone you wish to connect with, you can do so by sending a request to him/her. If that person accepts, contact information for both of you is exchanged; and you then can start a fruitful chat. Likewise, Reach app allows you to discover trending events near you and register to attend using the app. The app is available for Android and iOS.
Winning points of the app: the facility of finding a collaborator and converse with him/her easily, the facility of finding nearby interesting events you may not be aware of, and these events may be a starting point for you to get a job.
Whilst it is a job search application, JobR works like a trendy dating app! Indeed, after you have set a profile and uploaded your summary, all you have to proceed is to write in the kind of job you are looking for and your location. Later on, when potential start jobs to show up on your screen, you ″swipe left″ to dismiss and continue the search; or you just ″swipe right″ and apply.
Yet, you need to take two precautions when swiping, because if you swipe left; you may not be able to see the job again. Contrary, if you swipe right, you may be applying for the job impulsively without analyzing it really suits you and how you might impress the recruiter or the employer in order to outrank. To avoid these two inconveniences, the app offers a virtual career assistant that will answer all possible questions as you proceed.
Winning points of the app: Quick results, quick and quite accurate answers from that virtual assistance when you are stuck.
10. LinkedIn Job Search
Finally yet importantly, LinkedIn Job Search from LinkedIn, the leading professional social network worldwide. LinkedIn Job Search is an app dedicated to job hunting. To use it, just click on the jobs link that appears onto the header of your profile page. You will then be transferred to a page that the app lists jobs it believes may interest you, based on experience listed in your LinkedIn profile and companies where you have contacts. Underneath the Update Preferences tab, you can check a box to let recruiters know you looking for a job.
At that point, all you have to do is to write a short (a maximum of 300 characters), in order to introduce what you are hunting; and here is where LinkedIn becomes more interesting than any other platforms by seeking your connections for referral and exploiting your skills endorsements.
Please notice that even if the feature is supposed to be private (meaning none in your public connections may know that you are contacting recruiters), LinkedIn warns officially: “We take steps to not show your current company that you’re open, but can’t guarantee that we can identify every recruiter affiliated with your company.”
So, people who need to change their vacation although working in a precise company; please be careful.
It is important to know that while the basic LinkedIn Job Search is free, there is a premium subscription for a monthly fee starting at $24.99. With the premium LinkedIn Job Search, you will automatically get access to interesting features that assess you as compared to other job applicants for the same position. You will then be provided with — for instance — specific salary information. If you use intelligently and genuinely the premium subscription; you will stand the chance of being smashed to the top of recruiter lists as a featured applicant.
Winning points of the app: The possibility of heading up to recruiters, the referral and endorsement system as well as alerts about which of your LinkedIn connections have contacts at a company where you are wishing to work. Knowing the role that referrals plays in the recruitment process, these features really make LinkedIn unequaled.
That is. We really think that every job seeker should have these wonderful apps installed on his/her smartphone. Having or not having them obviously makes a big difference.
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