Your smartphone or tablet doesn’t just connect you with your friends and family members. It can also help you get a job, assuming you know which apps to use in your search. If you use the same websites and apps as everyone else, your resume will likely get buried amidst thousands of others. However, if you branch out and use less common apps, you’ll stand out as a potential candidate.
Following are five of the best apps to help your job application get noticed above the others.
Resume Builder Pro
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Many employers use electronic tracking systems to wrangle the onslaught of resumes they receive for each job opening. The system scans resumes for specific keywords and other features to determine whether they are appropriate for the job. An app like Resume Builder Pro lets you capitalize on the app makers’ research into data.
Use this Android app to build your resume from the ground up. The app will suggest categories for the document and make other helpful suggestions to speed up the process and to make your resume more discoverable. It’s not free, but at just $3.99, it’s highly affordable if you struggle to create an effective, data-driven resume.
Standard resumes don’t always cut it anymore. Spark Hire is a free app for Android and iOS that allows you to create a professional-quality video resume. You’ll stand out from the crowd because potential employers can see you speak and interact with your resume in unique ways.
To ensure the highest quality, use a device that has an excellent camera. For instance, the LG G5″s 16MP camera takes crystal-clear videos with minimal distortion or artifacts. Take your video in a well-lit room with no distracting noises or objects. Dress like you would for an interview — preferably business casual — and use a microphone if necessary to ensure your voice remains clear throughout the video.
One of the best ways to improve your chances of getting a job is to refine your interviewing skills. There are several job interview apps to help you enhance your technique, one of which is available through Monster. After you install the app, tap through the different options to get to the Pre-Interview section. Here, you’ll find tips and tricks for dazzling potential employers and preparing for specific questions.
You can use the Monster app on just about any device, including iOS, Android, Windows, and Blackberry. If you use the app for your scheduling needs, it will remind you about upcoming interviews so you don’t accidentally miss an important opportunity. You can also use it to find articles about dressing for interviews, making a good first impression, and preparing your resume.
Sometimes, the specialized approach works best. Many employment agencies, recruitment firms, and even employers have their own apps for potential employees. MHA, for instance, is an app for medical professionals that Merritt Hawkins created. If you’re a doctor, nurse, or other health care professional, use this app to find open positions and to apply internally.
You’ll find specialized apps for nearly every profession and potential employer, though some of the most common career fields for these apps include the medical, legal, manufacturing, and retail industries. Since they’re designed for specific professions, you’ll find features that relate specifically to your skills and expertise.
A special website, such as your about.me page, can help you funnel business contacts to one specific place. The Intro app turns your about.me page into a “digital business card.” You can upload your photo, share your contact information, and track the people with whom you’ve shared the page.
Apps like Intro allow you to better manage your job-search activities. Plus, instead of sharing your email address or phone number with everyone you meet, you can direct them to one convenient place online.
Searching for a job can prove frustrating, but apps help you stay organized, prepared, and motivated. Download these apps to your mobile device and start searching for your perfect position, whether you’re a college graduate hunting for a first job or a seasoned professional who wants a change.