12 Cool Smartphone Apps for Job Finding, This Summer or Any Time

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Even if you’re the carefree owner of an Apple iPhone or an Android OS smartphone, looking for a new job might never be as easy as a walk on the beach, especially in today’s tough economy. In increasing numbers, though, apps are cropping up that let you search jobs databases, manage your job hunt, and even create resumes directly on your phone from wherever you are.

Job HuntingWith good jobs harder to come by these days, the search process can be time intensive. Mobile tools can be useful all year long for helping you to eek out some job hunting time from otherwise relatively idle moments. You can check out new job listings on your phone during commercials when you’re watching TV, or polish up your resume while standing in the subway or sitting at the airport.

During summer months, though, lots of people tend to travel to places far away from their home and office PCs. Even if you don’t manage to actually go away and travel for the summer months, you’re still likely to spend more time out-of-doors somewhere. During the seventh-inning stretch at the ballpark, or while waiting for the musicians to get on stage at an outdoor concert, why not do something more productive with your smartphone than just reading your email or sending out a few texts?

Most of the first job hunting apps for smartphones centered on a specific job database, such as Monster, CareerBuilder, or Craigslist. Although those apps are still out there, some of the newer ones let you search across multiple databases. New tools have also emerged for viewing job locations on maps, applying for jobs right from your phone, and sharing employment leads through social networking, for example.

Many of these apps are still rather new, and no one can promise they’ll be without any glitches; yet, most of them are either free or reasonably priced.

Here are a dozen interesting job hunting apps for smartphones, in no particular order of importance. You can look for more job search tools in app stores such as the Android Market, Apple’s iTunes App Store, Microsoft’s Windows Market, RIM’s BlackBerry App World, and Amazon’s App Store for Android.

A free or inexpensive downloadable app can add a lot of valuable functionality to your smartphone. Who knows? One of those listed below could be your ticket to a high-paying job.

Job CompassJob Compass
For Apple iPhones and Android OS phones. Free.
Like more and more tools in this category, Job Compass can use the location information on your iPhone or Android OS phone to find job openings nearby wherever you are. This app from Securicy Ventures plots the job on a map showing where the available jobs are located, in relation to your current GPS position. You can apply for jobs directly from your phone.

For Android OS phones. Free.
HireADroid’s job search app for Android OS phones supports job searches across major job search engines such as SimplyHired, Indeed, LinkUp, Beyond.com, CareerBuilder, and — in its latest edition — LinkedIn. You can add your own notes about the jobs you find.

JobServe Connect
For Apple iPhones. Free.
JobServe Connect’s sophisticated search site allows you to cull through a large international jobs database by a number of  categories, including “jobs near me,” town, county or postal code; pay range; and whether the job is a permanent or contract position. Special features include history, favorites, and a “suggested jobs” engine. The app is modeled around the Internet-based JobServe Connect jobs board.

For Apple iPhones. $.99.
Mobiletelligence’s iJobs app for Apple iPhones lets you filter search results by criteria that include your current location, zip code, city and country, job title, and keyword. In the latest edition, you can now email job information to yourself or a friend in two ways: emailing a single listing from the job details page, or saving several jobs as a “favorite” and then sending the group of jobs in a single email.

Find Career Interests
For Android OS phones. Free.
What type of job should you really be searching for, anyway? BrowerGroup’s Find Career Interests app is aimed at helping you answer this crucial question. After you take a quiz, the app develops an interest profile for you and then matches the profile against your current job — or a job you’re considering applying for — and almost 1,000 career options. Ideally, you’ll see what choices might make the most sense for you as you narrow your job search.
Resume App
For Apple iPhones. $2.99
At some point, either before or after you start searching for jobs, you’ll certainly want to create a resume (or update the one you already have). Vurgood Applications’ Resume App is designed to let you build a resume directly from your phone and export it in PDF. You can then email the resume either to yourself or to a prospective employer. The app also includes sample resumes.

Resume Maker On-the-GoResumeMaker On-the-Go
For Android OS phones. Free.
Resume-Maker On-the-Go adds smartphone-based job finder and resume management capabilities to Individual Software, Inc.’s desktop software. Although the Android OS tool is free, you need to buy the desktop software for $30 before using this app.

Real-Time Jobs
For Apple iPhones. Free.
Real Time Jobs, an app from WorkDigital Ltd., lets you apply for jobs listed in Twitter feeds with just a single tap. You can also attach an online resume or CV. You’ll need a Twitter account to tap into this app.

MyJobs Job Search Organizer
For Apple iPhones. Free.
Once you’ve started sending out resumes, and the interviews begin to roll in, developer Slava Barouline’s MyJobs: Job Search Organizer for iPhones can help you keep track of the status of your job applications. You can organize jobs you’re looking at into “active jobs, closing jobs, jobs to follow-up on, and jobs with interviews,” for example, and mark your job interviews on a calendar.

For Android OS phones. Free.
Somewhat similar to HireADroid, MotionIT’s JobFinder lets you search across multiple job sites simultaneously. Moreover, with JobFinder, you can share job listings not just through email, but also via Twitter or Facebook. You can also upload your resume to JobFinder for it to be visible to job recruiters.

Job Hunter
For Microsoft Windows Phone 7 phones. Free.
Rework Studios, a development company specializing in WP7 apps, created Job Hunter for WP7 phones at the request of MotionIT, maker of the JobFinder app for Android OS phones. Job Hunter integrates MotionIT’s job search engine, along with mapping from Google Maps. With this app for WP7 phones, you can search across job sites that include Monster, Simply Hired, Craigslist, CareerBuilder, Indeed, LinkedIn, Oodle, and Dice, for instance. You can also sort jobs by title, company, source and date.

For Android OS phones. Free.
Stumped about how to ready a more effective resume, get more interviews or nail down a particular job you crave? The 2000Hours app contains information, tips, and user success stories on these and related issues. You can also get in touch with the app maker to obtain personalized answers online to your own specific questions.


Summer Vacation Tech 2011

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