Mary Lorenz, CareerBuilder writer
You’re already using your smart phone to shop, play games, get news updates and avoid your family during holiday get-togethers – why not use it to advance your career as well? From building an eye-catching resume to building your professional network, the following mobile apps are designed to help you take the next step so you can get to the next level in your career.
Find your calling.
Pathsource: Pathsource helps you find the career that’s right for you based on various personality assessments and tests. One key feature is the Lifestyle Assessment, which determines the ideal salary needed to support the lifestyle you lead (or want to lead). From there, it recommends various careers that both match your career interests and have average salaries that support your lifestyle.
Good&Co: With the goal of bringing “greater happiness and meaning to your career,” Good&Co uses fun quizzes and personality assessments to help users discover their unique skills and strengths. It then draws from thousands of company profiles to match them with companies and positions that align with these attributes.
Build your resume.
Resume Star: With Resume Star, you just fill in your information and the app produces a clean, correctly formatted PDF resume you can email directly, post online or print out. The app is free to download and use, but the developers ask that you submit a payment once you get an interview (or better yet, a job).
VisualCV Resume Builder: Whether you need a completely new resume or to enhance an existing one, this user-friendly app has you covered. With VisualCB, you can import and modify an existing resume in Word or PDF or use the Basic or Visual Editor to build a new one from a variety of templates.
PayTrends: PayTrends aggregates company data and employee salaries from all over the world to help you assess your worth. Find out how much you should or could be making based on your background, location, industry, company and other factors. You can also see salary and compensation by company, industry segment, location and along the years of experience.
WageSpot: WageSpot helps you see how you compare to your peers by providing salary information by age, gender, location, commute time and job satisfaction. WageSpot gathers salary data from its users, who enter their salary information (anonymously) upon first opening the app.
Meetup: Meetup is a social networking app that helps people with similar interests connect and meet in real life. Use Meetup to join (or start) a group that meets your interests and start building your professional network.
Eventbrite: Check out the business section of Eventbrite to find career fairs, networking events, seminars and professional development courses in your area.
CamCard: Keep track of your new professional contacts with CamCard, which translates business card information into contact information and lets you manage your contacts efficiently.
Add skills to your resume.
Udemy: Udemy is an online learning platform that offers courses in everything from programming to marketing to design to cake decorating. With the mobile app, you can watch videos, access course documents, and even purchase Udemy courses wherever you are.
Udacity: Udacity helps anyone learn how to code (an increasingly coveted skill among employers) with mobile-optimized courses in HTML, Java, CSS and others, taught by experts from Google and Facebook. No wifi connection? No problem – you can download videos for offline viewing.
Duolongo: Add “multi-lingual” to your resume with free, interactive courses ranging from Spanish to Russian to Arabic. The popular app has 200 million users and recently added Asian languages to its offerings.
Search for jobs.
CareerBuilder Job Search: Well, obviously, WE think CareerBuilder’s mobile job search app is great – but we’re not the only ones! Consistently recognized as one of the best job search apps around, CareerBuilder Job Search lets you search for and apply to jobs on the spot or save them for later, track and manage your applications, get job recommendations and create alerts to learn about new job openings. But what really sets this app apart is the ability to get push notifications any time an employer looks at your resume and profile, so you know who to follow up with first.
Prep for job interviews.
Job Interview Question-Answer: Never show up to the interview unprepared again. This app helps you prepare better answers to common interview questions, such as “Why do you want to join this company?” with short videos explaining the types of answers employers are looking for.
Pocket Mentor: Currently only available for iOS, Pocket Mentor offers daily advice to inspire the confidence and motivation to get ahead in your job or find a new one. While Pocket Mentor offers a free seven-day trial for new users, it is $4.99 once the trial period expires.
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