Job Seeking On the Go


A reader writes…

Hi, Anita:

I am currently on the hunt for new employment opportunities and, with my busy lifestyle, I am finding it difficult to look for jobs while I am out and about. Recently, I have noticed that a number of companies have developed applications for mobile devices.

What are your thoughts on these applications, how will they help me, and where should I start my first download to maximize my efforts?

Dear, Tech-savvy searcher:

Thank you for the question about such a hot topic, considering 77% of job seekers use mobile job search applications. Nowadays, you can find a mobile application for almost anything you can imagine. Everything from child distractions to restaurant finders to major time wasters! All are right at your fingertips. But the best SF Mobile Appthing to come to job seekers since the résumé are employment apps for mobile devices.

As you have mentioned, only a few companies have put their resources into developing productive and user-friendly applications for job seekers. And since yours truly has finally stepped into the 21st century and picked myself up a nifty smart phone, I figured it would be best to take a test-drive of these applications.

Some great things to note about job seeker apps on your mobile devices:

  •  Many of the best applications are FREE to users. Utilize the free options before trying any of the pay-per-download apps. I think you will be just as surprised as I was by the functionality of these free apps.
  • At all times, you are able to have the tools needed to apply immediately to an opportunity. You can provide contact information, apply with your LinkedIn profile, and more with a few taps on the screen.
  • GPS is often used to determine the distance that you are from a job you are interested in.
  • Scroll through and share positions that you, your friends, or your family may be interested in.
  •  If you are currently employed, you can discreetly search and apply for positions on your lunch break.

BlackberryMy friends at The Select Family of Staffing Companies have just released a mobile application (that you can download today by clicking the appropriate link) for iPhone, iPad, Blackberry and Android smart phones called Job Finder from Select Family. CareerBuilder also has a great app that is worth looking into. Both are highly ranked by users and provide job seekers with the tools to locate their next employment opportunity.

I challenge you to try tools such as Job Finder from Select Family or Jobs by CareerBuilder today and report back on how they benefitted or hurt your job search.

I can’t wait to hear what your thoughts are on this new technology!

Have a question you would like to ask? Visit http://anitaclew.com/ask-anita/.

Warm Wishes,

Anita

6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Blaine Ege
    Feb 13, 2013 @ 14:15:18

    Hard worker taking a break from college majoring in Engineering, because we have a baby on the way! :) Looking for factory/manufacturing or similar company willing to give a young family man a chance to prove himself as a great asset! Blaine Ege Jr

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  2. Tron
    Feb 06, 2013 @ 07:08:49

    Becky, I’m in the same position… The only job I’ve had since 2011 was a temp job that lasted about three months…The assignment ended because I got sick, went to the er and the doctor took me out of work for two days.. I faxed the temp agency the note from the doctor but she didn’t bother to call the site to inform them that I was sick and that I had the note…. The reason I know that to be fact is because when the lady called me the very next day she asked me why I didn’t go to work and I told her that I had talked to her and faxed her the note. She said oh, that’s right but still didn’t send me back to the site. That was in Dec. and now it’s Feb. Becky just stay strong and diligent, and keep the faith that something is going to work out..

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  3. Raymond
    Feb 04, 2013 @ 23:58:36

    Hey.I need help finding a job and I live in tjan I really want to work

    Reply

  4. Andrew John Cheadle
    Jan 30, 2013 @ 15:17:34

    The two apps I use most on my iPhone are CareerBuilder and Monster. I also use Manpower, but rarely get as much as the two I use more. The agency apps are useful but the job board apps offer more opportunities.

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  5. Becky
    Jan 29, 2013 @ 09:24:34

    I’ve been unemployed for about 2 years now. I’m looking for a job and it’s sad to see that employer rely on a computer to make their selections. It appears experience does not matter.

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