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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

There’s An App For That

Need a broker to introduce you to someone at a networking function? Download an app. Want to find a company that reflects your green values? There’s an app for that, too.

Apps are useful tools to manage all aspects of life, and the job search is no exception. Recruiters and developers are seeing a “seismic shift towards mobile apps,” says Aaron Michel, the chief executive officer of PathSource, a career navigation and education software company in Burlingame, Calif. But while the apps help approach the job search from a different perspective, they should only complement more traditional tools. Here are some ways that apps can help.

• Career exploration. PathSource has offered career exploration tools for young adults via its web platform. Recently, it’s expanded into mobile with an app targeted at 18 to 35 year olds.

“It takes young adults from ‘I don't have a clue what I want to do’ to ‘I have a job,’ and puts it in the palm of their hand,” Michel explains.

• The perfect match. Good.Co is a personal self-discovery app that helps jobseekers find out their dream job. Culture fit is an extremely valuable aspect of a job, and something that younger workers are valuing over salary. The app decoded the science behind culture fit by helping users peel away their strengths, characteristics and work approach.

“It then matches this to company cultures, suggesting companies that best suit a person's unique personality,” explains Ellen Manuszak, a public relations rep for Good.Co.

• Networking. Hank Boyer, founder of the consulting firm Boyer Management Group in Philadelphia, advises employers on hiring and onboarding best practices. He shares with them an extensive list of apps that make the job search much more manageable.

Among his recommendations are Unsocial, a location-based app that scans the mobile devices of people around you at events like trade shows and business events and brokers introductions. Foursquare performs similar functions.

Boyer notes that you can run the business cards that you collect through Card Munch by taking a picture of each card and turning it into an instant contact in your phone’s address book. SnapDat also digitizes business cards for file and retrieval on a smartphone

• Job search management. JobAware searches, tracks and manages job search activities on the iPhone or the iPad. But for those who also like web browsing, the program automatically syncs job tracking, search history and LinkedIn jobs between devices.