If you’ve read my column, you know that I always recommend human interactions over technological transactions. It's human networking, not computer networks, which will help you identify and obtain new opportunities. Several of these smart phone apps, however, can support your relationship-building endeavors and provide you with real-time information on jobs.
Job Search (for Android, Apple and others)
Use the free mobile version of www.indeed.com, the powerful job aggregator, to search millions of jobs from thousands of job boards and companies. Determine what kind of job you want and then perform simple, fast job searches, view new jobs added since your last visit to the site, and save and email your favorite postings.
BeamMe CV and Resume Sender (for Apple)
You never know when opportunity knocks. Always be ready with this app which will professionally format your cover letter, resume and business card and deliver them instantly to your new boss via email or text. Using this app can help you respond faster and help you be more competitive when the cool factor and technological savvy count.
Job Interview Prep (for Android)
At $2.99, this app is a good investment. By using flash cards, this app can help you prepare for the interview questions that will likely come your way. Because the key to a great interview is preparation and practice, this app will help you do both on the go.
There are actually a number of apps on the Android and Apple markets to help students and specialized professionals prepare for interviews so be sure to browse the app market before you buy.
Flashcards Deluxe (on Apple) and Flash Cards (on Android)
Use one of these apps to create your own deck of flash cards with interview questions and answers.
LinkedIn (for Apple and Android)
Too busy to network and get your name out there? Use the mobile app for LinkedIn to make updates on the go. Now there’s really no excuse for not building or maintaining your network because you can do it anywhere.
Job Compass (for Apple and Android)
This app empowers you to find real-time job openings based on your current GPS location. Let’s say you’re in Florida over spring break and you wonder what programming opportunities exist in Orlando as you wait in the two-hour line for Space Mountain. Enter the job title into Job Compass and it will tell you.
Kindle (for Android and Apple)
Stuck waiting while they repair your car or between your kid’s soccer games? Fetch a copy of your Kindle job search or business books from anywhere using the free Kindle app.
Best Resume Tips (for Android)
This is a free, ad-supported app that offers basic tips for writing a resume or cover letter. Included is advice on wording, organization, formatting and general tips. You can definitely find more comprehensive resources on this subject, but if you’re looking for a quick review of the essentials, this app is a good place to start.
To find many other tools, visit your online app store and enter search terms like job search, job hunt, jobs for college graduates, interviews, and jobs. Increasingly, I think we’ll find progressive companies who develop their own apps to communicate directly with applicants about job opportunities.
As always, be safe and responsible while you’re surfing the network. These apps should never be used while driving or on your employer’s time.
Your Neighbor and Career Coach,