On the hunt for work? There’s an app for that...
There was a time that job hunting consisted of scouring newspapers and listening out for openings amongst companies your friends and family work for. But with the advent of the internet, and now the growth of mobiles, job seeking has never been a more versatile activity. And it’s because of this that job hunting has become such a layered exercise. Where’s the best place to search? What utilities will increase the likelihood of getting hired? On which platforms can you reach out to potential employers?
At Armstrong Appointments, we’ve spent some time looking at apps for job hunters to help you make the most of your search.
7 Minute Workout
You might think of Twitter purely as a social media app and place to keep up with friends, celebs, and the latest news. But have you ever considered it as a platform for job hunting too? Professionals, and more importantly, potential employers use Twitter regularly to promote openings in their company and to look for candidates.
If you aren’t comfortable using your personal profile, set up a professional one. Start following related people in your industry, reach out to companies you have applied for jobs with, and use hashtags to check what jobs are available to you.
It’s a powerful platform with a whole host of features for those looking for work.
Business cards were once a must-have for young professionals looking for work. They were a portable, unique way to make sure that someone remembered you and knew exactly how to get in touch. But now it’s the 21st century and business cards are dated.
Intro is made by About.me and allows you to turn your about.me page into a shareable digital business card. It’s the logical next step of business cards, allowing people to share their details via a smartphone or smartwatch effortlessly.
You can pick up Intro on both IOS and Android.
If you are old fashioned, or find that traditional business cards seem to be the norm in your industry, then CamCard can help you keep track. The problem with business cards is that they’re easily lost within the depths of your bag or wallet. CamCard means that you can lose the business card without having to worry.
Simply open the app, line the card up in front of the camera and CamCard will take all the necessary contact info and store it in your phone. It also lets you store each contact into different categories, making collating and organising your industry contacts simple.
The app is available for both IOS and Android.
Creating a good resume takes time and effort. Quick Resume is an app designed to make building your resume an easy process. All it requires from you is your information and it’ll put together a basic, straightforward resume for you to build upon.
Once it’s created a basic template detailing all of your details you can add modules, and adjust sections to make it personalised to you.
Headache resume creating is a thing of the past.
Quick Resume is available for IOS.
If you’re on the hunt for work, it’s likely that you’ve applied for a lot of jobs, but forgotten which company you applied for and when. Or you have put so much research into so many different companies, the difference between them is starting to blur.
Evernote is a great way to keep your job search process organised. You can create folders and tags for each job application you have started, create notes on research material, keep any tests or documents you have to put together, and ensure you never forget something you’ll need for your big interview.
You might think Evernote looks a little complicated on the surface, but remember that you can use the app anyway that’s the best fit for you.
You have been using Evernote to organise and keep on top of the hunt. One other thing you’re going to have to track properly is your interview dates. There are a huge variety of calendar apps out there, but our favourite is Google Calendar. It’s easy to use and can be opened on desktop, your tablet, and your phone.
Plus, because of its simple use, you can enter dates on the fly, guaranteeing that you never miss a phone interview!
Heard of Tinder? Switch is the job hunters equivalent.
The app is designed to match you up with relevant jobs based on your skillsets and interests. You can apply for a job by swiping right, or decline the offer by swiping left. Over time of swiping left or right the app starts to learn your preferences and will supply you with more and more jobs that are more suited to your tastes.
The app can be downloaded on both IOS and Android.
Interview Prep Questions
Job interviews are nerve wrecking. There’s no two ways to put it. But you can lessen those nerves by making sure you’re prepared. This app does exactly as it says on the tin, helps you prep for interview questions.
Sure, it only really covers generic interview questions like “what makes an ideal boss?” – but preparing for those questions as well as hyper specific ones matters. Click the question to view suggested answers and details on what makes a good response.
You can get hold of this app on IOS.
Okay, this isn’t strictly for job hunting, but if you find yourself doing odd jobs at a bar or freelancing while hunting, it’s an app worth having.
Tracking time in freelance work is difficult. The Timesheet app makes it a super simple exercise allowing you to see how much time you spent on a certain task, check in and out of tasks, shows you how long you’re spending on each one and more. It connects with your calendar too and will save timesheets to Google Docs or Dropbox.
You can get Timesheet for Android.
Job hunting can become tiring – especially when you aren’t hearing back from applications. Create daily goals to help you stay on top of the hunt and remain motivated everyday with CheckMark Goals.
It’s incredibly easy to use, and what’s better than checking off goals from a to-do list?
Get CheckMark Goals on IOS.
Taking time out from your job search is important. Headspace is the perfect app to help you relax, unwind and readjust before jumping back into the job search.
It helps you practice meditation for just 10 minutes a day every morning, helping you start your day refreshed and ready for whatever it might throw at you.
Seven Minute Workout
Exercise is the best way to stay motivated during a job hunt, but not everyone enjoys the gym or running. Or maybe you don’t have time for it?
The 7 Workout app helps you stay in shape and break a sweat without even having to leave the house. It’ll have you doing 12 high-intensity workouts for 30 seconds each with 10 seconds break in-between.
Don’t let your job hunt make you unfit!
You can pick the 7 Minute Workout up for both IOS.
There are tons of apps out there to help you hone, organise, and improve your chances of getting a job. These are just a hand few of our favourites that can help you on your hunt. If you come across an app that you have found super useful, don’t hesitate to let us know!