On average, it’s estimated that we spend 2.5 hours a day on mobile devices. That equates to nearly 74 hours a month or 888 hours a year. Roughly 90 percent of that time is spent using apps.
As technology has progressed, all kinds of businesses – from pizza chains to financial institutions – have changed the way they do business. The phrase: “there’s an app for that,” trademarked by Apple Inc., can be said for almost anything.
The ease and quickness of apps is what makes them so appealing to users. For instance, mobile apps allow you to order pizza one minute and change your investments the next. You no longer need to drive somewhere to grocery shop – you can do it on your phone.
It’s no wonder then that more and more job candidates are searching for and applying for jobs on their mobile devices. Gone are the days of filling out resumes on paper, and can you imagine mailing a job application to a company in another state? How prehistoric!
To keep up with the mobile trend, companies are making it easier for candidates to apply on-the-go whether it’s via a job search app or a website like we offer here at The Lee Group.
So, what are the best apps for job seekers? Here’s a list of the best mobile tools for connecting with recruiters.
Probably the most well-known job search tool. LinkedIn offers customizable search tools, job alerts and company information. You can use the app to market yourself, find job openings and to connect with businesses and like-minded professionals.
When companies post jobs on LinkedIn they have two options: 1. to direct applicants to their own site to apply (which is what we do for The Lee Group job openings) or 2. to collect applications right in the LinkedIn system.
While LinkedIn is free, a premium option exists for a monthly fee. Tip: Applicants who apply to jobs on the first day they’re posted are 10 percent more likely to be hired. To view job openings at The Lee Group on LinkedIn, click here.
As the largest social network in the world, Facebook can be useful in your job search, especially since nearly 65 percent of employers are now using it for recruiting. A relatively new “Jobs” tab feature allows companies to create job posts within Facebook by simply using the status updater tool on their company page. Facebook users who are interested in open roles can simply click the “Apply Now” button and send their personal information directly via Messenger.
Facebook has also added features that allow businesses to manage applications and schedule interviews, entirely on mobile. Job seekers can set up job alerts for the types of roles that interest them.
To find jobs on Facebook you can simply input your city and the word “jobs” in the search bar at the top of the page. You can also “like” company career pages – be sure to “like” The Lee Group as we post new job openings weekly. Companies create these pages to establish a talent community, which serves as a pool of potential candidates.
Find The Lee Group’s job announcements on Facebook here.
Glassdoor is gaining traction as one of top job search apps. Its easy-to-use interface allows for users to filter their job search from millions of listings across the world. It’s best known for its thorough company profiles, so if you want details about a specific company, this is where you go. Like LinkedIn, you can create and store resumes so you can quickly apply to a job that catches your eye.
Glassdoor also posts a high number of reviews, which can help you when considering where to apply. There’s data on such things as how many employees like a company’s CEO and how it ranks with others based on employee benefits. Curious about the look and feel of a particular workplace? You can browse for snapshots from employees’ cameras.
You can find out more about the Glassdoor app here.
Taking a cue from popular dating apps like Tinder, the Switch app lets user browse job postings and then swipe right if interested and left if not. On the other side, the hiring managers can do the same. If you show interest in a position and its hiring manager does the same with your profile, then you can directly chat with the hiring manager using the app’s messaging feature.
The free, relatively new app was created in 2015 and its top feature is how quickly it allows job seekers to connect with employers.
Learn more about the tool here.
Incredibly popular for social messaging, WhatsApp – now owned by Facebook – is also a surprisingly helpful tool for recruiters. With the rise of direct messaging apps, this free resource has a high rate of 62 percent active users.
WhatsApp offers the ability to post jobs, while WhatsApp Groups are ideal for recruiting, organizing, and segmenting candidates within the app — plus it lets you know immediately when messages are read.
Learn more about WhatsApp here.
No matter what app you are using, the best use of your phone is to make a call. We do love all the high-tech options available to us today, but nothing can ever take the place of high-touch.
At The Lee Group, we still love to hear from you (voice to voice), talk to you, meet you. Contact any of our recruiters in our offices in Newport News, Chesapeake and Richmond for some one on one consultation.