The 5 iPhone Apps That Every Job Seeker Needs

by Rich DeMatteo on March 5, 2010 · 32 comments

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There are only 5 iPhone Apps needed for your job search.  That’s it, just 5.

The list I’ve compiled below provides everything you need for your mobile job hunt.  This is it, I’ve created THE complete guide to iPhone job search apps!  Oh, and maybe the best thing I can report is that they are all affordable.  In fact, four of them are free, and one costs  $.99.

Let’s jump right into the list, shall we?

1. Audio Job Interview Professional (free)audio job interview 1

This iPhone app is genius and it is also my favorite.  Pick and choose from a list of 40 questions creating a custom interview.  After making your selections, a woman’s voice will ask you each question.  When ready, you’ll hit the record button and begin answering each question individually.  When satisfied with your answers, you can individually or batch send your interview to prospective employers.  I suggest emailing yourself the link first, and then sending it out with your resumes as a nice supplement.

Not only does it provide a nice phone screen/interview practice tool, but this iPhone app also gives your submission a voice and personal touch.  It could be exactly what you need to set yourself apart from your competition.  Somehow, this thing is free – go get it!

2. Prospector ($.99) Prospector

Applying to multiple  jobs at once is confusing, this is where Prospector steps in.   Each company you’ve applied to becomes a prospect, where you can manage and keep track of the job title, contact information (recruiter, hiring manager, etc), salary, step of the hiring process you’re currently in, upcoming appointments, and to do list items for that position/company.

The $.99 price tag is completely worth it if you’re applying to more than a few positions.


3. LinkedIn (free)

LinkedIn is the King Kong of professional networking websites and a MUST for job seekers.  When meeting new people at networking events, interviews, or wherever, use the LinkedIn app to quickly add people to your network, before forgetting about them.  The “In Person” feature instantly connects/adds other iPhone users to your network via blue tooth.  I think that’s cat’s pajamas.

The more connections you have, the more opportunities will be presented to you.  Do it, do it now!

4. BeamME (free)

BeamME sets you up with virtual business cards that can be sent out to any phone or computer.  Create personal or business styled cards and send out as appropriate.  Add a personal touch by including your headshot or customize with logo & theme.  I am in love with the “History” feature, which allows you to check who you met, when you met them, and  most importantly WHERE you met them!  Oh, and can anyone say go green?

Lastly, for the Twitter crazies, just enter someone’s Twitter handle and your card will beam over via Direct Message.  Cool, huh?

5. Job Compass (free)

Job Compass is a really nifty job search app.   Simply type in WHAT you are looking for (Job title, keywords, or company), WHERE you are looking (City, State, or zip code) and HOW FAR (select from 5-100 mile radius) and Job Compass will place each of the matched jobs on a map for you to see.  Click on red flags to check out each individual job, or hit the “List” feature to list out positions like you are used to seeing.  You can apply directly from this app, email the  posting to yourself or a friend, or just map it for later!

My suggestion?  Take a stack of resumes and head out to the center of town.  Let the app use your current location and select a 5 mile radius.  When the results come up, go buck wild visiting every destination, handing off your resume to each flagged opening.

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Notice that popular job search places like JobTonic, CareerBuilder, Indeed, and Craigslist weren’t included.  What I love about the list above is that it covers you in basically every critical area of the job hunt.  With these apps you have the ability to start your initial job search, manage your entire search process, practice interviewing, utilize an innovative screening toll that sets you apart from others, and network more effectively, all from your phone.

  If you’re going to use those websites for your job search, then it should be done on a computer, just like in old times.  A bigger screen and more visibility is needed, and for those reasons, I’ve also cut resume building apps from the list.  Use your iPhone as a tool to help you in your hunt, but these apps should certainly not be your primary job search method.

Have you used any of these apps before?

Are there others you feel strongly about?

Any job seekers willing to take my Job Compass suggestion?

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26 comments
Chauser
Chauser

Great post ! I use giga-cv, and it allows me to manage all my cover letters.

Anne
Anne

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Leikir
Leikir

i like this one, im waiting for others im going to save this thanksss :)

Tandra Oeler
Tandra Oeler

I seemed to be aware about this previously, but nonetheless there are some beneficial pieces which completed the picture for me, many thanks!

Steve Levy
Steve Levy

Meetup.com :: Need to go brick and mortar to be a real job search star Indeed.com :: Someone has to aggregate for you CraigslistPro :: Yeah, there's human trafficking but there are also local jobs Paper Toss :: Cool game to play while waiting for your interview (even recruiters will have to try it)

Bryant Turnage
Bryant Turnage

Ah, another blog post for the cool kids with iPhones. Does anyone ever write about apps for the many users of Palm, Blackberry, and Droid smart phones? It would certainly be nice to see that for a change.

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iphone application development

Thanks a lot for such a useful review. As I work for iphone application development I`m interested in learning everything new about iPhone apps. These apps you’ve mentioned can really be very helpful while seeking for a job. Especially I like the ones helping to edit the resume and those which help to prepare for the interview.

Shane Mac
Shane Mac

No spam. :) Thanks for the email Rich. For a real comment I would say that spending time on iPhone apps is probably the wrong place to spend your time. Spend your time on an actually computer or face to face trying to meet people and write better documents. This just seems fadish and will just prolong actually doing the hard work of getting a job. Cool apps though. -Shane Mac No links here.

Chris Martin
Chris Martin

Those are really a unique collection of apps that I've never seen before. Thanks for sharing. I would also like to add one more app that Job Seekers would need to bust out their stress if they had any. That app is called 'iFaceLaugh' a really cool funny app that's a sure stress buster. You can try.

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iPhone Apps

yeahh its really a great collection specially for freshers who want jobs.. 1. prospectors. 2. job compass. are good ones.................Thanks for Posting

Marty McDonald
Marty McDonald

Wow... I love the first one! Thanks man! Great work

Beth McDonald
Beth McDonald

These are great apps, Rich! Thanks for the insight! Really like the BeamMe app suggestion (how very green of you!).

Sharlyn Lauby
Sharlyn Lauby

Nice post. I'm always looking for new iPhone apps, so I will have a couple to check out. One fave of mine is Bump - allows you to exchange contact info by 'bumping' phones.

Lauren Dickson
Lauren Dickson

Excellent post! I'll be passing this along to my job-seeking friends! But are these apps available for other phones such as the Droid, Blackberry, or Palm?

Brian Moseley
Brian Moseley

Great post! I use LinkedIn a lot but had never heard of the 1st one, Audio Job Interview Professional. This would have been great for me a few weeks ago, I record all of my interviews on my computer so I can go back and listen to them later and learn from them. It's always good to hear yourself speak so you can see how others may view your answers.

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

Hey Shane - Really appreciate you leaving your thoughts and commenting on this. You make some absolutely amazing points here. The phone is certainly the wrong place for the hunt. It should be on the computer, but these apps can definitely supplement the search (especially prospector). Again, another great point you make is that the phone may just prolong actually doing the hard work. Hopefully people realize that the phone is just Plan B for when not home for a while. Thanks for the insightful comment!

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

Welcome, glad you also think Prospectors and Job Compass are great. Thanks for the comment.

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

Marty, that first one is genius. Try it out...it's definitely a snazzy way to send a resume

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

Hey Beth - BeamME is really great and...green! Thanks for your comment! Glad you gained some fun new apps to check out.

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

Hi Sharlyn - thanks for the comment. Bump is great, I assume the LinkedIn "in person" feature is the same idea as Bump...

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

Thanks, Lauren. Im not sure, you'll have to double check on the other phones. I only checked into the iPhone app store for these...

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

Hey Brian - thanks for the comment my man. Definitely check out Audio Job Interview. It is really impressive, and I was surprised at how easy it was to e-mail myself a link of me speaking. They automatically make you answer the first question which is something like, "Introduce yourself and tell us which position you are looking for". So, even if you don't want to put together a full out interview, you can send the company a voice introduction to yourself to go along with the resume which is brilliant. Let me know what you think... it's free so check it out!