As you rush to find that first job after college, it’s tempting to take the “go big or go home” approach and apply to every job you see on Monster.com. But you’re way more likely to get responses from employers (and — eureka! — interviews) with a more focused search.
The good news? You can up your job-application game right from your phone. Check out our picks for the best job-search apps and turn your productivity up a notch.
LinkedIn Job Search
We hate to sound like a broken record, but LinkedIn is so important to your job search that this free app (for iOS and Android) should compete with Google Maps and Twitter for your mobile attention. Once you’ve beautified your LinkedIn profile and built up your LinkedIn connections, you can start applying to jobs straight from the site. The LinkedIn Job Search app makes the process super easy.
You can search jobs posted directly on LinkedIn by title and location and apply to those you’re interested in with your profile — no resume required. You’ll get notifications when a job that matches your search criteria is posted so you can apply right away. The LinkedIn Job Search app will encourage you to spend more time on the site refining your profile and personal brand, which will win you attention from recruiters and employers looking for candidates like you.
The Tinder of job-search apps, the free Switch app (iOS only for now; Android “coming soon”) lets you anonymously post a profile with your education, experience and what you’re looking for in a position. No need to spend precious minutes entering your information manually: You can import your job history and skills from LinkedIn (we told you LinkedIn was a big deal). Hiring managers from a huge range of companies view it, and if they like you, they’ll swipe right. If you like a job they’ve posted, the app will show you both that it’s a match.
Switch reveals your identity only when you match with an employer, so it’s especially useful for those who want to keep their job search quiet. Once you’ve matched, you can chat with the hiring manager about the position and schedule an interview. One drawback: You’re limited to the employers that Switch has partnered with and the locations where they have jobs available — nine states and counting, the company says.
Even when you’re ready to apply far and wide, it’s easy to feel stuck if you know your resume needs a major overhaul. Resume Star (iOS only) lets you create a resume right on your iPhone, either from scratch or using the app’s templates. You can customize the layout, headers and order in which the sections appear, and you can email a PDF from your phone or download it for later. Resume Star’s charming pricing plan asks that you pay for the app only if you get an interview.
While it’s a good exercise as a recent grad to create your resume on your own, a resume app helps you learn what formatting works best and ensure it looks professional. Don’t forget to tailor your resume to each position you apply for, and use industry-relevant keywords so you catch the eye of any recruiter who scans your materials.
Job-search apps are just another way you can use your phone to take care of all the important tasks in life — like ordering food on Seamless or checking daily puppy photo feeds on Instagram. Let technology help you find your dream job, too.
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