The Job Apps You Need To Get The Dream Career
Finding your dream career isn’t easy. There are CVs to write, contacts to make, business cards to hand out and social media platforms to maintain if you are determined to find the perfect job. However, smartphones and tablets have made it easier to manage all of these commitments in the palm of your hand with plenty of job apps out there to install. Here are our six favourites so that you can finally say goodbye to the JobCentre and land the role you have always wished for.
1. Monster Jobs For iPad
The Monster website is one of the most popular resources for people seeking a career in the United Kingdom. Its job app allows you to browse all the vacancies being advertised on the site which you can sort by distance from your home (using the GPS on your smartphone), type of career you are looking for, or date it was added to the database. You can also bookmark the jobs that catch your eye and save your CV to the app.
2. Pocket CV
Creating a CV that will appeal to employers is a task that takes a lot of time and attention. However, a great CV can be made in the palm of your hand in just a matter of minutes with Pocket CV. Developed by Ashmit Bhui, this job app allows you to add all of your personal details or import them from LinkedIn. They will be concisely organised in a suitable format and beautifully presented with a range of colour schemes to select from – Rio Blue, Geneva Gold, Moscow Black, etc. A copy will be saved to your device to send on the go or transfer to your personal computer for safe keeping. In April, Pocket CV was featured by Apple as the Best New App for Business in both the United Kingdom and the United States.
If you are going to a lot of networking events and want to hand out your business card, you may wish to consider CardDrop. Instead of carrying around a wad of cards, you can simply create a digital business card via the app and ‘drop’ it at your location using the smartphone GPS. Other users of the app who you have spoke to can then pick it up by typing in your name or the location where you met. You can also trade business cards with people you haven’t even met in person.
4. Job Interview Q&A
Getting a job interview is one thing. Giving a great interview and landing it is another. It is something that takes practice and preparation, and no job app will help you with this more than Job Interview Q&A. An interactive video will ask you tough questions in a mock interview and you are able to record your responses for playback. Once you have, you will also be able to watch Peggy McKee, the CEO of Career Confidential, answer these same questions. It allows you to assess where your weaknesses lie and what improvements you can make. There are 20 mock questions in total. The first five are free and you can unlock the rest for a small price.
Price: Free (with premium upgrades)
LinkedIn is an invaluable resource for anyone looking for a job. In 2012, it was revealed that 93 per cent of recruiters use LinkedIn to learn more about the candidates they are considering for a job. This means that if you are not on the site other candidates are overshadowing you. And if your profile isn’t up to scratch, you might as well not be applying for a job in the first place. The LinkedIn app allows you to manage your page, leave updates, and network with affiliated career groups from wherever you are.
Everyone who is looking for a job should be active on Twitter. The social media website is an excellent place to network with people in your desired field, engage in topics that are important in the industry, and demonstrate your worth to people of influence. Many people have found their dream jobs by having a great Twitter presence – the news site The Atlantic hired a tech writer having read their work via the site, for example, and Enterasys filled their digital marketing position by studying applicants’ social media use.