2016 is gonna be your year. You already know it. It's time you landed that killer job you've been dreaming about for years.
Unemployment's through the roof all over the globe (in Spain, where Appszoom's located, we've topped out at 22%). These are hard times to find a job. Each any every promising offer receives an avalanche of great candidates, heightening the competition and reducing your chances of being chosen, even for an interview.
In order to be effective, searching for a job should be a task you take on actively. It requires constant vigilance on your part, plus taking advantage of anything that keeps your finger on the pulse of what opportunities are out there.
If what you need is to catch a break before everyone else, Android apps are one of the best tools in the box. From filtering opportunities by location to getting immediate push notifications when something new becomes available, apps are perfect for helping you find and land your next position. Here's a selection of the very most useful of the bunch, our favorite Android apps to find a job.
Indeed is one of the most successful job search engines in the US, and it's poised for magnitude in Europe as well. The design of the app is pretty stark, but does include some basic filters (location, date of publication, etc.). You can also publish your CV, save offers into your favorites, and apply to any that interest you through the website that's published alongside the offer.
It's definitely improvable in terms of design, but anyone on the hunt shouldn't ignore its constantly updated selection of job offers.
No way could we have this list without mentioning LinkedIN. The good folks at the professional social network have decided to jump into the job search market with LinkedIN Job Search, taking advantage of all the resources they have access to within the LinkedIN community.
You must first be registered with LinkedIN to use the app. Once you're logged in, you can search for opportunities by keyword or location, apply a filter to the results (business, sector, position, experience required...), as well as save whatever offers seem the most promising. Of course, you can apply to any offer directly from the app and receive notifications from any that you're following.
The catalog of offers here isn't huge yet, but the quality is significantly higher than much of its competition; after all, they're mostly coming directly from LinkedIN users themselves.
Job Today features a super simple interface with geolocalization as its central feature. By default, you'll only see offers that are nearby your location. Obviously, you can change your location and filter instead by keywords (waiter, marketing, real estate...) if you prefer. Hang on to any offer that looks intriguing.
The coolest feature of Job Today, though, is the possibility to directly open a private chat with the person who posted an offer. No more endlessly waiting while your application is "processing."
CareerBuilder is a classic web-based job search portal with an official app that's worth its salt. It offers a balanced approach: a decent catalog of offers, basic filters (relevance, distance, start date, salary, and type of business), and the ability to directly connect your CareerBuilder.com account with the app.
Every time you open the app, you can update your CV, consult jobs that are good potential matches, check out any offers you've saved, and follow-up on their current status.
To wrap up, an app that turns the tables: you don't seek employment, but rather, you offer it. If you're feeling the entrepreneurial spirit and you'd like to experience what it's like to work for yourself, you should definitely take a look at Fiverr.
Members of Fiverr offer and contract services at a cost of a mere five bucks on up. It's a great jumping-off point for users with very specific abilities (like illustration, programming, translation, design...) that want to try their luck as freelancers.