There’s a lot of advice out there on how to write the best application form, how to be great at interviews or how to make a fantastic first impression. But what about the first stage of the process of actually finding a job you want to apply for? Tracking down the perfect position is, in all likelihood, the most time-consuming and hardest part of the process. In today’s times, where everything is on-the-go, job seekers need to have constant and quick access to their networks as well as the latest jobs advertised. Luckily for us, it has never been easier to look for opportunities online, whether on tablets, laptops or mobiles. To help you on the path of finding your perfect job, here are our top 7 mobile apps to help you with your job search:
If you have a Career Builder account and your details are already saved on their database, this app will help you apply for a job with just two taps of your finger. Once you have found the job you want to apply for, you can apply instantly or save it for review later. You can also sync your CV and cover letters together with your saved jobs on your account.
As with Career Builder, Indeed lets job seekers search for millions of jobs from company websites and job boards, while letting you apply directly via their the app on your mobile device.
You can’t get much better than Glassdoor’s massive database if you’re researching a prospective employer, and it’s just as good if you’re looking for a job. Glassdoor offers a huge, anonymised database of company reviews, salaries, and even interview methods — which makes it perfect for checking against Glassdoor’s large repository of open jobs and vacancies. You can save jobs, apply within the app, and even be notified of new positions matching your needs and skills.
Totaljobs.com is one the leading job boards in the UK and now you can search and apply for jobs through their app in just a few simple taps. It’s all about location so you can browse jobs from all over the UK, adjust your search radius by miles and use their in-app map functionality to find jobs locally. This is particularly useful for employers like Enterprise who have branches nationwide, making it easier for you to find a job in your area.
Unlike job search boards and aggregators, LinkUp drives job seekers directly to jobs on employers’ websites. By letting you search jobs straight from company websites, LinkUp helps you discover many jobs that have not been advertised on the traditional job boards. Searching for a particular job title or skill and location will pull up all relevant companies in the area who have that job listed on their corporate careers website.
LinkedIn: Network and Job Finder
If you’re serious about business networking, then you’re probably on LinkedIn. But LinkedIn isn’t just a great social tool — it also boasts a powerful job search app. It’ll keep an eye out for you and notify you of any roles that meet your criteria and past experience, as well as highlighting you in employer searches for vacancies. Best of all, LinkedIn will also keep your job hunting quiet, so it won’t tip off your current employer if you’re not ready to disclose your search.
With full-time careers, and part-time jobs for teens, or entry-level roles for those just starting out, Snag is looking to cover as many bases as possible with its job searching app. You can search for roles with all the usual filters and criteria and apply to jobs with a single click using your Snag profile. If you’re really looking to impress, you can even make a video profile for prospective employers. You can get daily job matches to roles that might fit you, and you can take personality quizzes that supposedly help to narrow down which jobs are perfect for you.
You’ve downloaded all the apps on your favourite device, so you’re now well on your way to finding your dream job, but how can you get the most out of them? These tips will help you search and apply for jobs and connect with hiring managers, with just a few taps on your phone or tablet.
Refine your resume to fit on a smartphone screen
Forget your traditional one-page CV. Mobile job apps require an even more condensed display of your skills and experience. If written correctly, less can be more. Be certain to prioritise your most marketable skills and experience to capture the hiring manager’s attention.
Know the keywords
The best job apps use smart algorithms to match relevant candidates with open jobs and vice-versa. These algorithms rely on keywords that illustrate certain experiences and skills, those that candidates may possess, and job listings may include as requirements for a position. If you have worked in retail therefore you have great customer service skills, for example, ensure you’ve listed that under your skills. Clarity is vital.
Polish your profile
A great photo, a compelling headline, and a clear outline of skills and experience can help separate you from the crowd and inject some much-needed personality into your professional profile.
Make the first move
Many job apps match candidates and employers in a one-on-one chat once they’ve shown mutual interest. At this stage, it’s important you be assertive and initiate the conversation. Why not use this first impression to paint yourself as a go-getter?
Job search often rewards the timely and attentive, and this is especially true with job apps. Keep track of your matches with employers and messages with hiring managers or recruiters. For apps with in-app chat, your response time should be quick. Hiring managers appreciate this kind of efficient punctuality.
Even if you’re using a job app on your phone, you still must abide by the rules of professionalism when corresponding with employers. Sure, the dialogue and environment feel refreshingly casual and stress-free, but you must remain vigilant about accuracy, proper grammar, attention to detail, and professional etiquette. You might be tapping to apply to jobs and “texting” with hiring managers, but always remember that this isn’t social media – your future career is at stake!
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