These days you can find mobile apps for everything from mapping your run to playing Candy Crush (which is awesome), so it’s no surprise that there are also plenty of apps out there designed to help you find a job.
With such an abundance, though, it can get kind of difficult to sift through them all and find the apps that are actually worth your time as a jobseeker. To save you the trouble of mining through every job search-related app, I’ve compiled a list of 5 (in no particular order) that I think are particularly useful.
When it comes to the actual job hunt, you can’t beat TweetMyJobs. This app uses GPS technology to locate job openings in your area and sends potential matches to you through your chosen media channel—social media, email, or text. You can also control how often job matches are delivered to you, so if you don’t want to be bombarded by job posts every day, you can set it to every week or two. In an age of instantaneous communication, TweetMyJobs lets jobseekers keep up with jobs in their area as they become available.
Job Search by Indeed.com
Indeed is one of the most popular job search engines out there, likely because of its vast job database and easy-to-follow format. Their mobile app doesn’t just allow you to search for jobs in your field and geographic area on the go (although that in itself is quite useful), it also lets you save and email the jobs you’re most interested in. Being able to use Indeed’s mobile app is particularly useful because the site is constantly being updated with new jobs, and you don’t want to miss out on seeing that perfect position just because you’re away from your computer.
Landing a job interview can feel like a huge triumph, but for a lot of people it’s accompanied by nervousness about fumbling or blanking during the interview itself. It pays to prep yourself for any job interview, and Monster’s Interviews does that and more. The app gives you tips for every aspect of the interview, offers advice for difficult questions, organize interview notes, and schedules reminders about upcoming interviews. After the interview, the app will give you tips on writing a thank-you note, allow you the opportunity to make post-interview notes, and set follow-up reminders.
Sending out resumes is a key (and for many people, dreaded) component of the job hunt. Keeping track of where you’ve sent all those resumes—and which companies have actually acknowledged those resumes—has always presented a frustrating challenge. Luckily, Resume Bear cuts down on a lot of that frustration by tracking your resume so that you can see who has actually opened the file. This app also lets you access your formatted resume and email it to potential employers straight from your phone, because you never know when you’re going to hear about a great job opportunity.
Just about any social media platform you could think of is available as a mobile app, including the popular career networking site Linkedin. The Linkedin app allows you to do all the same things you can do from the site—update your profile, add and stay up to date with people in your network, learn about companies you’re interested in. This app is particularly useful if you attend a networking event or meet someone who might be able to recommend you for a position, because you can add them to your LinkedIn network immediately rather than having to remember to do it when you get home.
There’s no denying that there are challenges to finding a job in the digital age. Internet job boards make job openings extremely easy to find, which increases the competition for any given position. However, if you use mobile apps intelligently, you can give yourself an edge over the competition and make sure that you never miss hearing about a job opportunity.
Josh Weiss-Roessler is a freelance writer and professional resume writer who loves sharing job search advice and helping people find the career they really want. You can learn more about the company that he co-owns, Weiss-Roessler Writing, and their resume writing services on his website. When he’s not glued to his keyboard, you’re likely to find him hanging out with his wife, being run ragged by his rambunctious and loquacious 14-month-old, or walking his dogs around their Austin, TX neighborhood.