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Looking for new jobs and work opportunities have certainly evolved. In the current era of the search engine and the IoT, it has transformed into a process that is much more comprehensive, responsive, and adapted to your professional profile. There are multiple platforms and engines out there, built purposefully to save you time and wade on your behalf through the vast expanses of the internet in search of the perfect job, contract, or gig. Furthermore, they can help you find some unexpected opportunities or hidden gems that you might have missed otherwise.
One great example is the so-called vertical job aggregators. Essentially, these search engines focus on job ads by pulling job postings from specialized websites and job boards and integrating them into a single user-friendly platform. This can lead to impressive results – for example, job aggregator Jooble boasts over 690 thousand current vacancies from over 20 thousand websites in the U.S. alone, easily searchable by keywords and location.
Taking this a step further, there are many well-established apps for job search on the Mac App Store. The best is developed and published by the most prominent online job search platforms. They come with multiple perks and advantages, but with some individual setbacks, so we will take the most popular apps and look into each one separately.
6. CareerBuilder: Job Search
Founded in 1995, CareerBuilder is one of the largest employment websites in the United States. Their proprietary app lets you build or upload your resume for free (assisted by an AI), save jobs, and create custom job alerts, as well as research salaries and required skills. It also has the easy-apply and guest-apply functions. Besides keywords, you can search for jobs based on salary, skills, and geographic area.
On the downside, the app accepts listings from non-verified companies. On top of that, users have been reporting some filter functionality issues.
5. ZipRecruiter Job Search
With a rating of 4.8 based on 396 thousand reviews and currently occupying the 22nd spot in the Business ranking list, ZipRecruiter claims to be the number one job search app on the Store. After a relatively simple setup, it searches over 100 job boards for you and can send the results to your inbox daily. The app certainly has its merits –excellent privacy protection, plus an intuitive and transparent application process.
However, there have been reports of faulty notifications and receiving scams and inappropriate job ads.
4. Robert Half: Job Search & More
Robert Half needs almost no introduction – founded as far back as 1948, it is the world’s largest staffing firm in both accounting and finance, with over 345 locations all over the globe, as well as one of the “World’s Most Admired Companies,” according to Forbes. Their app has received numerous awards, including three w3 awards and a Gold Stevie from the International Business Awards in 2021. Besides the usual features of top job-seeking apps, like quick profile creation based on your resume, multiple search filters, one-tap job application, and application tracking, this app has an obvious advantage – your searches are powered and supported by a top talent solutions company.
The only disadvantage we could find so far is that there is no way to remove the jobs you have already considered in the past.
3. Glassdoor – Job Search &More
Labeling itself as a community rather than simply a job search platform, Glassdoor sure has a lot to offer. Aside from the essential functions of simplified job search and easy application, it provides search automation tools, the ability to organize your searches with “Collections,” and even salary negotiation tools. With its verified reviews of employers and information on average salaries, sorted by company and by position, Glassdoor aims for the maximum possible transparency on the job market.
Unfortunately, there have been some concerning reports of fake reviews in several instances, so make sure you double-check all the information.
2. LinkedIn: Network & Job Finder
LinkedIn’s role in today’s business world is not a matter of dispute anymore – everyone who is anyone is on LinkedIn.But besides its business and social networking roles, it has a highly efficient job search module. It lets you build an extensive profile (arguably even better than your resume), connect with companies directly, take quizzes to verify and confirm your skills, track your applications, get feedback on employers and jobs, and much more.
However, with the profile page being as extensive and all-encompassing as it is, it might take you quite a while to build a profile that stands out and appeals to employers. Furthermore, some seemingly ubiquitous functions, like auto-save for messages and an unlimited word count, are still lacking from the app.
1. Indeed Job Search
Indeed claims to have the world’s number one job search app and seems to have the stats to back this up – over 250 million job seekers looking at over 16 million jobs each month, spread over 60 countries and 28 languages. Also, it currently holds the third spot in Business on the App Store, with a rating of 4.8 based on over two million reviews. The job search engine is fast-loading and straightforward, so is the application process.
But while Indeed does seem to offer access to the giant pool of vacancies and candidates, the user interface is somewhat poorer than with the rest of the apps on this list. Here’s to hoping that this will improve soon enough.
Bonus – Job Search for Freelancers
UpWork for Freelancers
UpWork is well-known amongst members of the freelancing community as one of the top platforms for short-term contracts, assignments, and gigs. With over 12 million registered freelancers and over five million registered clients, UpWork reports combined spending over 2.5 billion dollars a year. Their app makes it even easier for you to get a piece of the action by taking the whole experience to mobile in an intuitive, user-friendly manner.
On the downside, some users have reported functionality issues, especially on iPad and scams, so please be careful.
Fiverr – Freelance Services
Towering at #25 in Business apps, with a rating of 4.9 based on over 323 thousand reviews, Fiverr is arguably the best app for freelancers out there. Dubbed “the world’s most affordable and efficient digital freelancer community,” Fiverr offers gigs and freelancers across over 400 different service categories. The app is easy on the eyes, user-friendly, and works almost flawlessly.
The only reported issue was with the notifications, which seem to glitch sometimes on the iPhone.