Your smartphone can do more than just cruise job boards. It can also help you network, stay organized, and prepare for interviews. Dan King, principal of Career Planning and Management Inc. in Boston, suggests creating a “phone app toolkit” that includes the following:
LinkedIn The most essential tool for identifying contacts, gathering information about companies, generating leads, and identifying jobs that are not on the jobs boards. Your LinkedIn profile is more important than your resume. If you’re not searching it daily, you’re missing out on important connections, jobs, and trends.
TweetMyJobs An efficient app that sends job recommendations directly to you through custom alerts and also lets you distribute your resume across the social Web. You receive job descriptions, suggestions, and messages directly on your phone.
Glass Door A good source for company information to prep for interviews, it also has company reviews from employees as well as some salary information.
HireADroid The only app that searches for jobs across multiple search engines. It saves time so you don’t waste energy perusing numerous sites, and can pursue more effective strategies for finding a job.
Resume Builder Elite This is an app that doesn’t necessarily force you into a template. It has some customizing features.
Job Interview Q&A This app offers sample answers to interview questions, but more importantly, it features an interactive video app that helps you practice answers to tough interview questions.
Dropbox An easy organizer that helps you keep correspondence, job notes, articles, and more in one place, accessible on all of your devices. When you receive a call, you can quickly access the chain of correspondence and messages to help inform your call.
Business Card Reader Pro Reads business cards and saves them to your phone contacts. Useful when attending networking events, making it easy to follow up.