By Jason Lee
Tribune Media Services
November 7, 2012
Every day, the list of things that you can accomplish with today's smartphones and tablets continues to expand.
With just a simple touch, you can make restaurant reservations, catch up on the news, pay some bills and track your daily calorie intake — all in a matter of minutes.
It's only natural that these devices — and the many apps they offer — have become essential tools for savvy job seekers looking to gain an edge. According to a nationwide CareerBuilder study of 2,600 employers and 5,000 workers, nearly one-in-five 18- to 34-year-old job seekers reported they search for jobs and research companies using mobile devices.
Mobile apps allow you to search privately for positions — anytime, anywhere — and respond to postings on the spot. There are apps that help you build a network of professional contacts, alert you to well-suited positions and even create and send your resume to recruiters.
Here are some apps that any job seeker with a smartphone or tablet can use to set themselves apart from the crowd:
Available on: iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Android devices
HireVue, a company that offers online interviewing technology to businesses, recently launched OpenVue, an app that allows you to apply for open positions by answering a set of interview questions via the camera on your smartphone or tablet.
Through use of this technology, hiring managers can skip relying solely on the traditional resume and get straight to the interview via an on-demand video recorded by the job candidate.
The app also allows companies to post informative videos on company culture or specific details of open positions. Candidates can respond to a series of job-specific questions on their own time, which cuts out the hassle of scheduling an in-person interview.
Jobs by CareerBuilder
Available on: iPhone and Android devices
The Jobs app by CareerBuilder was one of the first of its kind when it launched in 2008, and remains popular because of its depth — offering access to more than 1.6 million job postings — and its built-in geolocation technology.
The app can automatically locate the city you're in and find local jobs using a keyword search. You can also upload and create resumes, read job descriptions and salaries, save jobs to a list of favorites and email job links.
Available on: iPhone, iPad and Android devices
With its millions of U.S. users, Facebook is increasingly seen as the new frontier for job recruiting online. BranchOut is an online professional network that helps you leverage your Facebook friends to find jobs and connect with professional contacts.
Last year, the company released an app that allows you to apply for open positions and internships, manage professional profiles and utilize your Facebook relationships to get introduced to potential employers.
The app allows you to see where your Facebook friends — and friends of friends — are working, which could open the door to a wide network of potentially valuable contacts.
Available on: iPhone, iPad, Blackberry, Android devices
Pocket Resume allows you to create and update a professional resume right from your phone or tablet. It utilizes PDF-rendering technology to handle the resume's layout and design, and once you've crafted your resume, you can save it and send it directly from your device.
Available on: iPhone and iPad
When you grab lunch alone, you may have just lost a valuable networking opportunity.
LunchMeet, an app inspired by the best-selling book "Never Eat Alone" by Keith Ferrazzi, utilizes your LinkedIn profile to help schedule a face-to-face meeting at any place and time.
Using built-in mapping technology, the app allows you to set a time and place to meet while searching for other professionals in your area who are also available within the same time slot. You can then use the app's messaging feature to arrange a meeting.
In the end, a simple touch could lead to your next big break.
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