Let’s face it- looking for a job would probably land in the same category as getting a cavity filled or renewing your driver’s license. It’s not fun, it’s frustrating, and everyone hates doing it. And if you’re more on the quiet side like I am, the word “networking” fills you with dread. Fortunately, technology is stepping in to help make this an easier, and hopefully less stressful, process. Here are five apps for your smartphone that may come in handy during the job search:
1. LunchMeet: They say its not what you know, but who you know, right? That’s where networking comes in. However, most people don’t know the first thing about networking. This app helps make it easier. You log in using your LinkedIn account, let the app know when and where you are available, and then you can search for other professionals in your area who are free at the same time and invite them to lunch. Easy! Unfortunately it can’t help you through the ensuing conversation, but it at least helps you get your foot in the door. (For iPhone only)
2. Business Card Reader: Once you’ve done the networking thing, you need to keep track of the people you meet. It’s easy to lose business cards, so this app helps you hold on to that valuable information. Simply take a picture of the business card with your phone’s camera and it will import the contact information right into your address book. (For iPhone, Android, Blackberry, and Windows Mobile)
3. Good Job: Searching for jobs can take a lot of information juggling and follow up. This app can help keep track and organize anything relating to your job search, including events, tasks, interviews, follow ups, and important contact information. (For iPhone)
4. Pocket Resume: Sometimes the best opportunities fall right into your lap when you least expect it, often meaning you are unprepared. This app allows you to easily create and send a resume right from your iPhone or iPad. It doesn’t necessarily replace a traditional resume, but it can certainly help out when you’re in a tight spot.
5. Audio Job Interview: Now that you’ve done your networking and sent your resume, you’ve finally landed an interview and definitely want to make the most of the opportunity. This app for your iPhone will ask you basic interview questions out loud and allow you to record responses. You can then save and send your “interview” to your email and go through and listen to it play back. A great way to practice and get comfortable with some of the most common interview questions. There are a couple other apps that don’t provide the audio option but will give you multiple, sometimes customized, interview questions to scroll through with tips on how to best answer them- Job Interview Edge for iPhone and Job Interview Prep for Android.