Mobile apps for job boards: a scorecard for job seekers

Note to recruiters: I wrote this for job seekers, but I think you'll find it interesting.


If you’re part of the 97% of the US population with a cell phone, you most likely use it for more than phoning. And if you’re part of the burgeoning subset with an iPhone, Android, or other smartphone, I can guarantee that you use it for all sorts of serious (and silly) stuff.

Looking for work (or keeping your fingers on your neck of the employment market) is possible on a smart phone. It may not be able to replace the desktop experience (yet), but it can be done. (And if you run a job board, you should realize that much of your candidate audience is moving to this platform – whether you do or not).

I looked at 7 different apps for the Android (I don’t have an iPhone – if you do and have an opinion about a job board app, let me know). They ranged from moderately sophisticated to fairly rudimentary. Being relatively new to smartphones but somewhat knowledgeable about job search, I tried to approach the apps like a job seeker. I was looking for ease of use, ability to deliver results, and ability to do on a smartphone what I can do on a desktop. In essence, I wanted to know if I would considering using one of these apps for job hunting – or if I would rely on my trusty desktop instead. Here’s what I found:

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