by Tracy Collingwood, ’94, Director, Career Development Office
Job seekers are no longer confined to laptops or desktops anymore when they are looking online for openings. Today, you can search for jobs in a coffee shop, airport, relaxing at home or wherever you are, at any time. Whether you prefer a smartphone or a tablet, your job search can go with you, giving you more opportunities to quickly find and apply for jobs.
There are a variety of job search apps available for mobile devices. You can download apps that search for jobs by keyword and location (using the GPS function), email job listings, and keep track of your contacts.
Here are a few free mobile apps (for Android, iPhone and iPad) that will help you get started:
Exchanging business cards is a smart networking strategy. CardDrop lets you easily share your contact information. Just drop your card with the app or carddrop.com (on mobile browser), and let the people you meet pick it up any time with the app or on the web.
Search and view jobs by keyword, location, or company. You can also browse recommended jobs and see your application history, save your favorite jobs or e mail them to yourself or friends, and apply to jobs directly through the app.
Search millions of jobs from thousands of websites. Research companies and stay up-to-date on the latest company reviews, salary reports and interview questions, shared by those who know the company the best — its employees.
Indeed Job Search (www.indeed.com/mobile)
One of the largest online job boards, this mobile app lets you search for jobs and filter results based on your target industry, location, desired salary and more. Indeed aggregates listings from thousands of sources, including other online job boards, company career pages, and newspaper classifieds. Save jobs, attach your résumé to your account, and set up e-mail alerts to be notified when new jobs are listed.
LinkedIn is a powerful and popular professional networking tool. This app features an impressive search function that lets you search for open positions (and contacts) in your industry and sort them by date posted, salary and other criteria.
LinkUp Job Search Engine (www.linkup.com/mobile)
When you are searching for positions on open job boards, you run the risk of applying to a fake or scam job. LinkUp’s listings are pulled directly from company websites, so the jobs you find through the app are always current and legitimate. This app lets you save favorite listings, view your search history and receive alerts for relevant jobs.
The Monster app is a mobile companion to one of the biggest online job boards. Search for job openings, filtering your results based on your needs and preferences. Sign in to your Monster account to access your uploaded résumé, cover letter and previously submitted job applications. You can also receive job alerts when new positions are listed.
Simply Hired (www.simplyhired.com)
This app is an aggregation tool that gathers job listings from a variety of sources, including other job boards and company websites. You can set up email alerts for new listings based on your search criteria. Save jobs you like so you can apply later, or apply in-app if you already uploaded your résumé.
Remember, the Career Development Office is always here for you. If you would like to discuss your career plans, contact us at (716) 673-3327 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit www.fredonia.edu/cdo to schedule an appointment.