You already know that the key to finding a new job involves a combination of laser focus, active networking, fast follow-up, and diligent searching. And you’ve been hard at work doing them all. Yet, somehow, you still haven’t landed your dream job.
Well, that’s about to change. Or, at the very least, the process is about to get a little bit easier. I’ve rounded up four apps that’ll not only shake up your job-hunting routine, but also help you narrow in on the right position. Oh, and did I mention all the apps are beautifully designed, easy-to-use, and completely free?
What are you waiting for? Your dream job awaits!
1. Know Yourself
The team at Good&Co wants to make sure you’re going after the kinds of jobs that are right for you. And to do that, they’re turning to the well-known Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality tests.
But, instead of answering clinical questions about yourself, you’ll be figuring out what superhero you are or what your spirit animal is. It’s fun enough that you can share your results on social media, but useful enough that it’ll give you insight into how you work best.
2. Expand Your Circle
If you’ve spent plenty of time polishing your resume, but not much time meeting people in your industry, Reach can help you get back into networking. Just create a profile to find professionals in your area who are looking to meet new people.
You can choose to either contact people with certain work experience or reach out to people from a particular industry. As a bonus, you can find also find events and happenings via Reach, so it’s great for expanding your skill set, too.
3. Get Your Info Out There
Make sure all those new contacts you meet can stay in touch with you easily by getting Inigo , an app that transforms paper business cards to customized digital ones in only a few swipes. In addition, Inigo lets you create different business cards for each situation or contact and update them in just seconds. So, no worrying about accidentally giving your current work email address to a potential new boss or missing out on a job opportunity because you lost your phone.
Oh, and it’s no problem if your contacts haven’t discovered Inigo yet. You can easily text, email, AirDrop, or even tweet them your electronic business card—and then scan their paper versions into the app. Just don’t forget to add notes so that you’ll remember the details of your meeting when you reach out later.
4. Go Right to the Source
Instead of spending hours trawling through thousands of job listings, you can connect directly with companies looking for people just like you with the Switch app. You can get a daily email from the app with information about jobs that match your skills and interests, plus you can anonymously express your interest in any jobs from the app that catch your eye.
If an employer is also interested in you, he or she can contact you directly via Switch’s messaging system or email. Oh, and if you include information about your current employer in your profile, Switch will make sure you avoid the more-than-awkward situation of being matched with it for a job.
Whether you’re currently on the hunt for a new position or you’ve just started contemplating a career change , you can make the process easier and more enjoyable by downloading these four awesome apps.
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Kelli runs customer support and creates content for Skillcrush, a digital skills training and education platform with friendly instructors, an active student community, and laser focus on helping you achieve your career goals with technology. She has an MBA and successfully ran an international company and her own freelancing business before pursuing her passion for tech by taking advanced web development classes. Kelli loves listening to tech podcasts at 2x speed, looking for cute Corgi photos online and teaching and performing country line dancing—as a true Texan living in Finland would do. Say hi on Twitter.More from this Author