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The LunchMeet (say it out loud and you’ll get it) app helps you find other people who want to network in your area. It connects through your LinkedIn account and uses your existing contacts, plus geotargeting, to find people who may want to meet for lunch or coffee to talk shop. It’s a great way to get mentoring or expand your network, especially if you live in an area without many business networking events. You can essentially create your own!
More details: The app is available for iPhone and iPad, and is free.
LinkUp is job search on the go. It’s not the only mobile job search app: Monster Jobs has one too, as do others. But LinkUp’s benefit is that it searches jobs only found on company sites, whereas most job boards only search those that have been submitted directly to them. The site searches through 22,000 company sites for job listings, which it updates each night. You can search jobs and save them for later, as well as get alerts when jobs in your category come in.
More details: The app is available for Android, iPad, iPhone, and is free.
3. iPQ Career Planner
Got extra time while you’re waiting at your doctor’s office? Use the time to brush up on your career skills with the iPQ Career Planner app. You can take an assessment to determine the jobs for which you’re suited. The app looks at your skills and makes recommendations for related jobs. It’s particularly excellent for recent grads or those who want a managerial role. In addition, iPQ’s site offers career guidance resources and questionnaires to help you hone in on what you really want to do in your career.
More details: It’s available for the iPhone and iPad and is free.
4. Pocket Resume
Pocket Resume makes it easy to customize your resume for each job by using modules for each of its sections. No more Word templates! The app pulls info from your LinkedIn profile to create an updated resume, and it’s easy to export to PDF or send to DropBox. You can also reorder your resume’s sections, depending on the job for which you’re applying.
More details: Available for the iPad and iPhone, this app is $2.99.
What Does the Future Hold for Job-Search Apps?
Job seekers love the flexibility of using mobile apps to find employment. They can react more quickly when a new job pops up, and they can search for jobs discreetly, even while at work.
Expect to see more mobile job apps in 2012 as companies realize the value in providing an easy way for job seekers to get instant updates on new jobs, as well as to get feedback on jobs for which they have applied. Being able to apply anywhere may give those job seekers an advantage over the competition ... but not for long! See what is available for your phone so you can start looking for your next job ... no matter where you are.
Lindsay Olson is a founding partner and public relations recruiter with Paradigm Staffing and Hoojobs, a niche job board for public relations, communications and social media jobs. She blogs at LindsayOlson.com, where she discusses recruiting and job search issues.
Corrected on 01/06/2012: A previous version of this story misspelled the name of the job search site LinkUp.