Job Searching? There's An App for That
If you're in the market for a new job, where do you begin? Do you check out the Classifieds section of your local newspaper? Do you enclose your cover letter and resume in an envelope and snail-mail it to prospective employers?
Chances are you answered those questions with a resounding "no." In today's increasingly digital world, job seekers quite literally have resources at their fingertips! The age of smartphones has turned everything from ordering food to planning an international trip into something we can do anywhere, anytime. Instead of turning to several different resources, mobile culture has streamlined the job search process, in many cases turning it into a "one-stop-shop" allowing users to search, network, and apply in one place. Let's take a look at some of the best apps out there for the modern job seeker:
Indeed is the mobile app equivalent of your favorite T-shirt. It's a user-friendly, no-frills place where job seekers can scour opportunities aggregated from many different sites in one place. Like most other job apps, it allows you to upload your resume, save previous searches, and get alerts when a new job is posted that fits your personalized criteria.
ZipRecruiter is a relatively new app, but it has grown exponentially in just a few years. While it maintains all of the expected functions, it sets itself apart by flipping the script: it gives employers the ability to search for you, not just the other way around. When you upload your resume to the database, it allows thousands of recruiters to pre-screen your qualifications and experience so they can reach out to you if they think you're a good fit. You're already one step ahead of the game!
As its name suggests, GlassDoor was developed with transparency in mind. It gives users the unique ability to not only search job opportunities, but to go one step further and find out about the company from people who have actually worked there. Current and former employees are able to leave honest, informed reviews and feedback about everything from the company culture to the CEO's pet peeves. They can even upload photos of the work space. This inside info can save job seekers valuable time and energy by helping them to avoid applying for a job that may not be a good fit.
You probably think of Facebook as a place where you can keep up with your distant relatives or browse endless pictures of other people's kids, but did you know you can land a job there as well? Facebook Jobs lets you to apply to open opportunities right from a company's Facebook page. It even gives you the option to compose a mini summary of yourself to send to employers using information from your own profile.
Careers By Symplicity
As a Symplicity-powered school, this app allows Marist students and alumni the unique ability to search job opportunities specifically posted for you by employers from Poughkeepsie and beyond! You can also RSVP for recruiting events and manage your career fair experience all in one place. Good luck job searching, Red Foxes!
For further help with job searching and career coaching please visit the Center for Career Services, Library 332.
Career Services Walk-in Hours are Tuesdays from 1:30-4, Wednesdays from 2:30-5, Thursdays from 1:30-4, and Fridays from 10 am-noon). Additional appointment times, including remote options, are available for sign up via FoxQuest. For evening appointments please email firstname.lastname@example.org.