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| Job-hunting apps make it easy to hunt for your next opportunity from anywhere, day or night. You can sign up for alerts when new positions in your field are posted and you can even zap your résumé to a hiring manager straight from your device.
The big players in the area of online job boards are CareerBuilder and Monster, and they've been around for many years. But there are several free up-and-comers definitely worth considering. Here's a look at nine of them:
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1. Facebook Jobs
We think of Facebook as a social place to connect with friends, but it has a huge jobs board as well. The Jobs link is on the left column of your desktop or laptop Facebook home page, under the Explore section. You can comb it using the Facebook mobile app, downloadable from Google Play for Androids or iTunes for iPhones.
If you find a posting that appeals to you, tap the Apply Now button. This takes you over to the employer's Facebook page. Hit Apply Now again, and up pops a page with your name and any education or employment history that you've made public on your Facebook page. There's also a text box where you can Introduce Yourself in 1,000 characters or less. When you hit Send, the information goes to the employer as a Facebook message.
Best feature: The ability to send an employer a minisummary of yourself based on your Facebook profile, rather than having to create a new profile and upload a résumé.
2. LinkedIn Job Search
LinkedIn, the online networking site, has an app for job hunters called LinkedIn Job Search. A Jobs link also appears on the header of your profile page. Click on the icon and you'll be transferred to a page listing jobs the app believes may interest you, based on experience listed in your LinkedIn profile and companies where you have contacts. This makes LinkedIn a leader in working your connections for a referral.
Under the Update Preferences tab, you can check a box to let recruiters know you're on the market. You type in a short (no more than 300 characters) introduction laying out what you're pursuing. This feature is meant to be private, meaning no one in your public connections is to know you're engaging with recruiters. But the site does warn: "We take steps to not show your current company that you're open, but can't guarantee that we can identify every recruiter affiliated with your company."
While the basic LinkedIn Job Search is free, the site also offers a premium subscription for a monthly fee starting at $24.99 with features that evaluate you against other job applicants for the position, provide specific salary information and bump you to the top of recruiter lists as a featured applicant.
Best features: That heads-up to recruiters that you're on the prowl. And alerts about which LinkedIn connections have contacts at a company where you'd like to work.
The app's search filter scans through millions of listings on the site to find potential jobs for you based on location, salary, company size and job title. Find something you like? You can apply directly from the device. Those are standard features in job apps, but Glassdoor goes further than many in helping you understand a company that has an opening that interests you.
For a start, you can peruse reviews of the company by current and former employees, and the numbers are enormous. When last checked, the Home Depot entry had 13,578 employee reviews, which gave the company an overall rating of 3.5 stars (out of five) as a place to work. 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 have to keep in mind the limitations of online reviews about anything — people tend to go to the trouble of posting a review when they want to gripe, not sing praise. Still, the review feature can give you an insider's peek at working at a particular company. And Glassdoor maintains a policy of not allowing employers to delete or alter reviews.
Best feature: Standout tools for researching a potential employer.