I spent the last two weeks on the road. Knowing I would be out of the office, I made sure I could stay connected. I had my Blackberry, my laptop, my iPhone and my iPad. (Yes, I know, I was a bit over-connected.) With every flight, the moment we landed, all I could hear were pings, chimes and bings. People talking, typing and making sure they didn't miss anything while 35,000 feet above the ground. No one could handle being disconnected, and they had the power of a smartphone in their hands.
Now, more than ever it's important to stay connected to your job search and networking activities. In today's mobile society, having the right tools at your fingertips can make all the difference. Here are a few of my favorite mobile job search apps:
- ScanBizCards: Available for both the iPhone and Android, this is one of my favorite apps. While on this road trip, I was at a conference. I collected a huge stack of business cards that I did not want to carry around or lose. Utilizing optical character recognition ScanBizCards allows you to scan business cards into your phone and import them into your contacts database. They offer lots of features including an invitation to "connect on LinkedIn" and Skype integration. (Fee based app)
- Bump: Works on the iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, and Android. When this app is running, you can physically "bump" your phone to others with the software, and exchange contact information in an instant. It will save you lots of time typing on those small phone keypads. (Free)
- LinkUp: Available on the iPhone. LinkUp is an app that enables you to search for jobs on company web sites by keyword, location, company and category. You can save favorite jobs, get email alerts of new matching jobs. You can also apply to job openings through your iPhone and refer jobs to friends through email. (Free)
- HireADroid: This android job search application pulls together the power of some of the most popular job search engines (LinkedIn, Beyond.com, SimplyHired, Indeed.com and LinkUp). You can search by keyword and use the auto-location feature to find jobs in your area. (Free)
- CareerBliss: An iPhone and iPad application that that lets you search jobs, view salary information, get reviews on companies of interest and find information on job search trends. (Free)
- RésuméBear: Available on Droid, iPhone, and iPad. RésuméBear allows you to activate text and email alerts so you will know in real time when your résumé has been opened and is being read. If the recipient forwards your résumé to someone, you will have that information as well. (Free)
- Job Compass: Available on iPhone. If you want to find out what jobs are in your area, Job Compass can help you search jobs in a 5-100 mile radius. Once you see a job of interest, you can read the description, call the hiring manager and even apply to the job from your iPhone. (Free)
While I won't go into detail in this article, be sure to check out the mobile apps for popular sites such as Monster, CareerBuilder, LinkedIn, Indeed.com, SimplyHired.com and Dice.
Also, be sure to have a résumé that is formatted for mobile use. You have about 20 seconds to grab a recruiters attention when they initially review your résumé. Make sure it's viewable on a smartphone. That means, keep it in a simple font with no excessive formatting, even sending it via PDF might help.
Technology changes every day. Make sure to take advantage of the new tools that can help you stay connected in your job search and networking efforts!