5 Job Search Apps You Should Probably Download Today
Actual job not guaranteed (but if you want one, these are the best apps to get started on).
Ah, the job hunt. Isn’t it the absolute worst!? I can’t promise these apps will remove the pain of sorting through thousands of listings, but they might make the process slightly easier, shorter, even mildly entertaining (I mean, anything is possible...amirite?!).
Read on to learn how these apps could help you find gainful employment—and Godspeed in the journey ahead.
Good&Co isn’t a job search app so much as it’s a “get to know yourself before you job search” app. That sounds wishy-washy, but it’s useful. Honestly, some of the questions are kind of hard. For example, “Do you feel that your life is part of a greater whole?” Lie down on the couch and let’s talk about it.
Others make no sense: “You feel that some problems are too a) hard b) easy.” What now? But it’s fun to see where your answers fall in relation to your peers, plus it takes all of your personality issues and frames them positively. For instance, instead of a bumbling, dogmatic pain in the ass, I am “an idealist” who is “conceptual” and “independent.” Also the idea that humans can be sorted into categories gives you a sense there is order in the universe, an impression which will help sustain you through the grueling process you are about to embark on.
TBH, you can choose from any of the titans—Indeed, LinkedIn, Monster, ZipRecruiter—and have a pretty similar experience. Each searches millions of listings quickly using the same filters. But I think it’s better to have one or two apps that rule than four that do basically the same thing.
ZipRecruiter and LinkedIn’s apps are standouts because they’re intuitive and their one-click apply options work well on mobile. Monster’s app has a lot of reviews saying it’s not syncing with job seekers’ profiles that are already on its website and the Indeed app’s user interface is not OK. I know the old saying about books and covers, but it looks like it was made by someone who maybe needs to take a Good&Co quiz.
This one is cool because it pulls job listings directly from company websites, so the odds of getting spammy listings are far less than on mammoth job boards. By design, LinkUp is likely to pull listings that ZipRecruiter and LinkedIn might not have.
Having said that, the app’s organizational logic is not at all clear; jobs are listed without respect to the type of position, company, or post date. LinkUp contains gems, but only for the eagle-eyed user willing to dig for them.
Glassdoor is my favorite job-related site and app because it’s where all the good gossip is. Glassdoor is also useful because we always talk about how women, PoC, and other marginalized groups need to have access to information about standard salaries, but until the white men start coughing up their pay stubs, having access to a major database of who’s getting paid what and where is a must.
The majority of jobs on Switch touch tech in some way, but its listings represent a huge range of industries, from real estate to health insurance. The best (or worst, depending on your perspective) part of Switch is that it works like Tinder for jobs.
You swipe right or left on companies, hiring managers swipe left or right on you, and if you match, you can start chatting about an interview. Cons: The future is even more transactional than the present. Pros: It’s easy to play on the bus.