Post Date: May 4th, 2012

Mobile Apps for Organizing Your Job Search

job search apps for the iPhoneOver the last few months, Janet Barclay has shared some great ways to keep your job search information organized, whether you prefer paper, the Internet, or your computer. Today she wraps up her series with a few tools for those of you can’t live without your iPhone or iPad.

Job Diary

With this app, you create an entry each time you contact an employer, recording basic data such as contact information, job title and description, and interview details. Once the entry is saved, it can be sent by email. There does not appear to be any way of editing or searching the entries, so I don’t really see much value in this app, even for free.

Job Search Manager

This simple app allows you to track two types of information: applications and interviews.

When you submit an application, enter the job title (or other identifying information), date, company, and contact name, phone number and email address. Enter any other details you wish to record, then save it.

When an interview is scheduled, assign it to the relevant application and enter the date, time, address and the interviewer’s name, phone number and email address. Once again, there is a field where you can record any other details you wish. The app connects to Google Maps, so you can easily get directions and determine how much time you’ll need to allow to arrive on time.

The chart feature generates bar graphs to show the number of applications or interviews for each date.

It’s not terribly powerful, but could be a useful for keeping key information at your fingertips.

There is a free version, with ads, and a paid version, with no ads.

My Jobs

Of the three apps I reviewed, My Jobs is the most powerful and probably the most useful. It is essentially a contact manager specifically for jobseekers.

Create a database of employers, and for each one, create a record of any jobs you apply for, including the job title, the type of position (contract, permanent, temporary, casual, or voluntary), the reference number, salary, and link to the posting.

There’s also a section to enter agencies and agency staff you may be working with, and each job application can be linked to a particular agent.

In addition, there are a multitude of other fields for tracking dates of various activities, the progress of your application, and much more.

At any time, you can go to the main dashboard to view your active opportunities, jobs that will be closing soon, jobs to follow up, and jobs with interviews.

If you find it easier to type on your computer, you can set up an account on the My Jobs website and sync your data with your mobile device.

Some additional features are available if you upgrade to My Jobs Pro, and at the time of writing, this app was also free due to a malfunction with a feature not related to the database.

Other Apps

While researching this post, I came upon two other paid apps for organizing job search information:

Job Search Tracker is a very simple tool for keeping track of resumes you’ve submitted.

Job O is an electronic notebook that stores uploaded copies of your job search documents and allows you to keep track of the positions you are pursuing.

Before you part with your money, take note that the websites for both of these apps have been taken down, so if you have any problems, you’ll probably be out of luck.

It’s been a real pleasure doing this series of posts for Maureen, and I hope you’ve found them useful. If you have a favourite tool for organizing a job search, please leave a comment!

About the Author

Janet Barclay is a virtual assistant and former employment counsellor who has supported career professionals and other small business clients since 2003. She can be reached through her website www.organizedassistant.com.

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