Mobile devices allow us to accomplish more than we ever thought possible. This is also true for job hunting. Using a few productivity apps will make your job hunting tactics far more efficient.
Here is our list of the top 10 job search productivity apps for your mobile device. Try some of them out and incorporate the apps that work best for you into your job search.
Top 10 Job Hunt Productivity Apps
Glassdoor is like Yelp for job seekers. All the data is free to access. You can research trends in your industry, including average salaries and demand. Most importantly, you can research employers prior to an interview. Many companies that look good to customers actually treat their employees very poorly, and you will find this out through Glassdoor. Other companies may be somewhat unknown but are actually some of the best places to work.
From your smartphone, you can organize jobs you’ve applied for, jobs you’re interested in, contacts, and more. Huntr will sync data from various job-seeking sites in one place, making it easy to track your progress. The basic membership is free, but using one of the premium versions allows you to view metrics that show you how to make your job hunting more efficient.
When getting started with LinkedIn, it might be best to set up your profile from your computer. But once your profile is set (along with your skills list), you can job search from the app. Most importantly, because LinkedIn is the most widely used professional social media channel, you can connect with peers in your industry or at companies with whom you are looking to get a job.
When it comes to your skill set description, you should curate it carefully. If you inform LinkedIn that you are looking for a job (or a new job), they will make suggestions on job openings based on your skills list. To make your LinkedIn profile especially powerful, do your best to secure endorsements and recommendations from other LinkedIn users.
4. Social Media Profiles
Employers are often “checking up” on applicants via their social media profiles. Instead of being afraid of what they might find, why not try to get noticed? Branding yourself professionally is a productive step toward achieving your dream, and using social media profiles is the perfect way to do so.
As you research developments in your industry, share thoughts and articles. Launch your own content marketing with a free blog. Showcase your portfolio. Using all of your social media profiles intentionally for your job search may work so well that you get invited for interviews before you get a chance to apply for the job. Think of yourself as a business and the employer as your customer to help you sell yourself on social media.
Similar to Huntr, JibberJobber helps you organize your job searches across multiple job hunting websites, as well as key contacts and your favorite companies. While not offering as extensive an array of services as Huntr’s premium memberships, JibberJobber is a little more cost-effective if you are looking for more than the free version. Simple to use on your smartphone or tablet, it is also available from your computer or laptop.
Meetup is a social app. It can connect you to events in your community, and many of these events are related to your industry or simple business mixers. Networking is one of the most powerful things you can do while you are looking for a job. Signing up is easy, and the app will ask you for the kind of events you’re looking for. Based on your GPS location, Meetup will show you relevant events in your area that are free to attend.
One of the most valuable things you can do in your spare time (or while in between jobs) is research industry skills which you are rusty or lacking altogether. More and more experts are publishing tutorial videos showing you how to better your skills. YouTube is perhaps the most extensive library of free tutorial videos, and most professional software companies also have free tutorials on their website or have their own YouTube channel.
From your smartphone or tablet, watch and learn. As you come across extra helpful videos, share them on your social media profiles to enhance your personal brand. After a bit, you may even be so inclined as to launch your own YouTube channel and enhance your job seeking content marketing approach that has worked for a lot of businesses.
8. Pocket Resume
Are you tired of working on a regular computer altogether? Pocket Resume lets you build your resume from the app right on your iPhone or iPad. Some job-seekers find it more efficient to keep all their work on their mobile device, and if you are one of those people, this app allows you to do so. Unfortunately, Pocket Resume is not yet available for non-Apple devices.
Trello is not strictly a job seeking app, per se. It is a productivity tool. It takes the idea of building a task list and takes it a step further. Aggressive job hunting can get busy with too many details flying around. It’s important that you stay on task and stick to the plan you’ve built for yourself. Trello’s goal is to help you keep track of everything, while checking tasks off your list. The software helps you turn each piece of your job hunt into a fun project. And as a bonus, when you land your dream job you can raise the efficiency of your work team by introducing them to Trello.
10. Cloud Storage Apps
For most people, it is best to create and organize a variety of resumes on a personal computer or laptop. However, using these mobile apps allows you to get a lot done while you’re waiting in line or somewhere where you do not have access to your computer.
That’s why it is a good idea to set up an account with cloud storage, such as iCloud, Dropbox, or Google Drive. As you work on resumes, cover letter templates, and portfolio items, back them up on your cloud storage. When you are out and about, you can still access those documents from your smartphone and attach them to emails or upload them into one of the productivity apps listed here.
Efficient Job Hunting Tactics from Your Computer
As you can see, there is hardly any part of your job search that has to be done on a computer. That being said, there are many computer software programs that also empower your job searching when you are able to work from your home office. There are also a variety of tools and strategies you can use for a successful job search.
In the meantime, being away from your computer doesn’t have to be a burden or excuse any longer. Using one or more of the apps above can help you get more efficient in your job hunting tactics.