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Smartphones are becoming more and more central to our business lives (for better or worse).
That might mean an overbearing boss could have easier access to you when you’re away from the office, but it also means there are lots of great apps to help you find a new job if you’re unhappy at your current gig.
Apple recently put together a list of apps it recommends for job-seekers in the App Store. We went through the list and created a mobile-first gameplan for landing your dream job.
Let’s get started:
Even if you’re not actively on the market for a new job, you can still browse on your downtime using Jobr’s Tinder-like interface.
One of the benefits to Tinder is that its “swipe right or left” interface makes it easy to fit into the few minutes you have waiting in line for coffee, or in a cab. Jobr tries to bring that same convenience to job hunting, letting you “swipe right” on jobs you might be interested in.
When you meet new contacts, you store their paper business cards on your phone with Business Card Reader Pro.
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When you are on the prowl for a new job, you collect a lot of business cards. Business Card Reader Pro lets you import the contact information straight from those cards to your iPhone contacts without having to enter it manually. The app also has Salesforce integration (as an in-app purchase).
Price: $6.99 (iOS)
You can also create a slick digital business card for yourself, and share it with all the people you network with, using Haystack.
Haystack has some of the features of Business Card Reader Pro, but it’s more focused on creating the “next generation” of business cards. You can design your own digital business cards to swap with people, and you can import the old-fashioned paper business cards people give you.
Once you are seriously in the market, make a resume in a few minutes using Pocket Resume.
- Pocket Resume
Though some jobs let you apply using tools like LinkedIn instead of a resume, you’re still going to need one. And if you want a quick and easy way to create a resume on your phone, Pocket Resume is your best bet. The final product is a clean-looking PDF, in a few styles, that you can shoot off to potential employers.
Price: $4.99 (iOS)
Get a listing of available jobs you can apply to using apps like Indeed.
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There are a few sites that serve as a cross between a job-posting bulletin and a social network, designed to bring together potential employees and employers. And Apple picks Indeed and CareerBuilder as ones whose apps the company would recommend. Indeed, in particular, is one of the most robust job search tools available.
Once you get a response from a potential employer, scope out what it’s actually like to work at a company and prep for your interview with Glassdoor.
If you want to really get a sense of what it’s like to work at a company, you should download Glassdoor’s app. Glassdoor lets employees (and former employees) anonymously review companies to give you a sense of things like salary and company morale. It also can give you a rundown of past interview questions, so you know what to expect going in.
And always remember: LinkedIn is a lot more that just an online resume.
LinkedIn has a slew of apps, but there are a few you should pay particular attention to. LinkedIn has a location-based job search app, an app geared toward students and recent graduates, as well as its standard app that has begun to look more like Facebook over time.