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Use Your Smartphone To Find A Job

February 2nd, 2012

You can use a smartphone to find a restaurant, a store, a person or a car. It was only a matter of time before people could start using their phones to help find a job.

You know about the importance of building a strong online presence to help your job search through LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and other career-related sites. But how about some smartphone apps to make your job search easier?

Here are eight job-related apps to take your job search mobile:

1.  Business Card Reader: Say you’re at a networking event and collect a bunch of business cards. To avoid misplacing them and losing important contacts, download this nifty app. Take a picture of a business card with your phone’s camera, and the app will import the contact information directly to your address book.

Cost: Varies based on platform

Available for: iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile

 

2.  Documents To Go: This app is available in a few different versions, depending on your platform. Based on the version you download, you’ll be able to view and/or create and edit Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint files. The premium version offers viewing, editing and syncing of cloud files, along with the ability to view PDF, iWork, Text and .RTF files.

Cost: Varies based on version and platform

Available for: iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, Maemo

 

3.  Good Job: With the Good Job app, you can track and save tasks, events, follow ups, interviews, jobs and contacts related to your job search.

Cost: $4.99

Available for: iPhone

4.  Jobs by CareerBuilder: The CareerBuilder app allows you to search its database of nearly 2 million jobs by keyword, location, company and employment type. You can use your phone’s GPS to identify jobs near you, apply for jobs and receive personalized job recommendations.

Cost: Free

Available for: iPhone, Android

5.  Labor Stats: Do you like to stay up-to-date on employment- and economy-related news? The Labor Stats app from the Bureau of Labor Statistics sends stats on unemployment rate, consumer price index, average hourly earnings and others to your phone. You’re also able to download press releases in browser and PDF format.

Cost: Free

Available for: iPhone, Android

6.  LunchMeet: This app is like “It’s Just Lunch” for professional networking instead of dating. By signing in via your LinkedIn account, you tell the app when and where you’re available to meet someone for networking. Then it’ll match you up with other networkers in your area, and from there you can invite them to meet for lunch, drinks or whatever suits your networking fancy.

Cost: Free

Available for: iPhone

7.  Résumé App: If you’re away from your computer and need to quickly apply for a job, this app will come in handy. With Résumé App, you can build, design and generate a customizable PDF résumé. Once created, you can distribute it directly from your phone. Sure, it doesn’t (or shouldn’t) replace your résumé completely, but it’s good for when you’re in a pinch.

Cost: $2.99

Available for: iPhone

8.  SnapDat Digital Business Cards: SnapDat allows you to create and share digital business cards. Choose from 40 different designs, all of which look like traditional business cards, then email your newly created card to your contact. Plus it has a fun name—always a bonus.

Cost: Free

Available for: iPhone