Smart Phone Job Search With A Buzz.

Anyone out there remember Pong by Atari?  It was an arcade style electronic ping pong game that came on the scene back in the early 1970′s.  It was housed in approximately a five foot by three foot stand alone console that was the prominent display in a game room, arcade or pool hall.  It had a mono oral sound capability “beep, beep” that was heard when the line depicting the paddle made contact with the dot depicting the ball.  I recall my kids  endlessly begging for quarters to play, telling them “no”, and then sneaking back to play myself.  I’ve been a bit of a tech junkie ever since.  Sears actually came out with console unit that we were able to hook up to our black and white TV during Christmas in 1975.  Probably saved my marriage.    When I’m in the midst of trying to understand this new system or that new technology, I sometimes get frustrated in that the pace of change and advancement seems to rapid for comfort. Looking back, not so much.  I mean forty years is forty years, so keep up!
Why keep up?
Anything that centers on a foundation communications is going to change and advance quickly. Towards that end, you need to get on board with making your smart phone a significant component of your job search process.   Using job search apps is a convenient way for you to find prospective jobs conveniently whether you are using an Android, iPhone or Blackberry. Using your phone really is a great job search technique because job search apps have access to large databases of job listings that can give you the advantage of finding and applying for opportunities quickly. The reality is that your phone is with you more than your computer, and the early bird does get the worm.  So whether you are searching for IT Jobs in California, manufacturing jobs in Tennessee, or financial services opportunities in New York, here is how you can use your smart phone to find your next job.  At the time of this writing all of these applications are free.

HireADroid

This is the Android app to have for doing some serious job searching.  HireADroid has loads of features and a simple user interface to help you find your next job. To the best of our knowledge, HireADroid is the only app that supports multiple job search engines like Indeed, Careerbuilder, Simplyhired and Linkup. If you find something you like, you can save it to your favorites, send an email or tweet the opportunity.  Further, you can find a job and even apply for the position right from your phone. In addition, this app features jobs in multiple countries, so if you’re in the market for overseas opportunities, you’ll find this one very handy. You can download it for free right here.

LinkUp. 
Using the LinkUp search engine is a  solid way to tap into the hidden job market by finding many unadvertised jobs. LinkUp links directly to company and employer’s websites which generally speaking means the listings are more up-to-date than some job sites and usually not fake or a scam.  Because of this LinkUp is an extremely resourceful job-searching tool for those who are fed up with scams and frauds in the job-hunting market, and now the employment search engine has a Droid app to its credit. There are quite a few benefits to using this app too.  It allows you to get email alerts when a job is available (or its status changes) and you have RSS access to jobs you saved as your favorites.   You can download the LinkUp app for free right here.

JobCompass
You may have asked at one time or another, “how can I find local jobs in my area?” JobCompass is an simple and effective job search software you can use to solve that problem. It is great for filtering millions of job postings and to find the ones that are relevant to you based on the job’s location. What makes JobCompass unique is its patented feature that shows you job openings via a map-view in real-time so you can see where the opportunities are and it even allows you to mark your favorites and then apply. The app features jobs from the USA, Canada and United Kingdom.  JobCompass is simply a great way of finding employers in your area that are hiring when you’re on the go.  You can download JobCompass for free here.

HotJob
This Android app is a great tool for job seekers. It offers the option of searching for a variety of jobs in any US city, with its city-by-city lookup feature. It has more than 20 job categories listed and boasts a simple user interface that makes searching for a job that much easier. you can grab the free download for your smart phone here.

So get going.

There are always job opportunities.  People are going to retire, transfer, quit, drop off the grid, whatever. There are both part time and full time opportunities out there, but you need the right tools to sort through the mountain of listings to find, and then quickly apply to the ones that are right for you. It is unbelievable to me that you can use a smart phone to see a map of employment opportunities in your area, and greater still that you can use the phone to apply for those jobs.  It is even more unbelievable that job seekers do not take full advantage of every too available.  Don’t be that guy!   There are quite a few smart phone applications that are available for job seekers.  I only covered the top free ones for Android phones but there are iPhone and Blackberry alternatives available too.  How can you still be sitting there.  Go get the download…sheesh.

Charles Buzz Smith is SR Curmudgeon and VP Consulting Services for OPI National Outplacement.  OPI National Outplacement and Career Transition Services located in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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About Buzz Smith

Welcome. My name is Charles “Buzz” Smith and I’m the SR Curmudgeon of Consulting Services at OPI National Outplacement. My role, in addition to agitating our sales personnel, and consultants is to take the lead on delivering outplacement and career transition services that are effective. I blog about career stuff when my wife of 40 years, Linda banishes to the garden.

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