13 Must-Have Job Search Apps - Find Your Dream Job Today

Ronda Suder, Resume Writer

12 min read

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It can be time-consuming to visit several job boards on your computer when looking for a new job. Plus, for those of us who turn to our phones to search for jobs, attempting to do so on a mobile browser tends to be nothing short of difficult. 

Fortunately, today, there are many job board applications to help you streamline the job search process. Read on to learn about the best job search apps available.

Why use job search apps?

There are several reasons it’s a smart move to turn to the best job search apps when you’re in the market for a new job. Here’s a few of them:

  • Job search apps allow you to streamline your job search process to save time and effort. 

  • You have the opportunity to easily use a few job boards at once to broaden your chances of landing a job.

  • The application submission process is generally simplified and straightforward, allowing you to easily and quickly complete an application and upload your resume and cover letter when applying for jobs. 

  • Apps often offer a lot of free resources to support your job search journey. 

  • Job board apps are typically free or very low-cost to use. 

What should you look for in a job search app?

The goal of job search apps is to make your life easier, not more complicated. So, when you access an app and you’re finding it difficult to use, you might want to move on to other applications. 

Here are some considerations to help you select the best job search apps for your needs:

  • Efficiency. You want a job app that saves you time and builds efficiency in your job search. The most beneficial features are those that allow you to easily search, save, and apply for jobs. Keep a lookout for job boards that offer a one-click application process, for example. 

  • Relevance. As long as a job board includes jobs of interest in your field, it’s a viable option. Several job boards are also tailored to specific job types, industries, and work arrangements. If you’re seeking a job in IT, search for job apps that focus on technology jobs, for example. Or, if you’re only open to remote or freelance work, consider a job board that focuses on those. 

  • Job alerts. One of the best things about job apps is being able to set job alerts, so you’re immediately notified when a job of interest is posted. This option allows you to use several job applications at once without the need to go in and review each job board daily for new posts. 

  • Organization. Again, if a job board app is complicated to use, it might not be worth your time. One aspect of simplicity is being able to easily organize your information, the jobs you’re interested in, and your applications. 

  • Customization. Having the option to customize your profile on an app supports you in more easily targeting jobs of interest while also allowing employers to find you. 

  • Cost. There are plenty of powerful and helpful job boards available that allow you to search for jobs for free. However, some job boards cost a small fee to use, like FlexJobs mentioned later, which can be worth every penny, depending on your career goals. That said, you shouldn't need to pay more than what you consider to be a nominal fee to use job boards unless there is a clear reason to do so — like using an industry-specific job board that locates hard-to-find job openings while offering additional professional perks and benefits, like professional networking and membership. 

The best job search apps to find your next job

Just do a quick search in the app store on either iOS or Android, and you’ll see an endless list of apps available for your job search. Whether you’re job hunting in stealth mode at work or simply don’t have access to a computer — there are some great mobile apps out there.

Zipjob’s team of career experts has done the dirty work and found the best job search apps available for download on both iOS and Google Play. Here is our list of the best job search apps, followed by a summary of what that app has to offer you.

  1. Indeed

  2. LinkedIn

  3. ZipRecruiter

  4. Monster

  5. Glassdoor

  6. CareerBuilder

  7. SnagAJob

  8. Dice

  9. FlexJobs

  10. Jibe

  11. Google

  12. JobStack

  13. JobGet

1. Indeed

You would, of course, expect the world’s largest job search website to have an app, and they do! The Indeed app is one of the best job search apps available for download on both Android and iOS. It’s also compatible with the iPad. Indeed is the world’s largest job aggregator, which means you’ll be able to browse full-time and part-time job listings from many of the major job boards all in one place. You can also set up job search alerts.

The Indeed app also allows you to upload your resume easily and apply for job opportunities with just a few clicks.

Related reading:  Indeed also appears on our list of the 11 Best Sites to Post Your Resume Online (Free), so check that post out next!

2. LinkedIn Job Search

We don’t think we need to explain LinkedIn, but we will tell you that they have one of the best job apps out there. There are many listings that could only be found on LinkedIn so make sure you search there. If you already have a LinkedIn profile you could use the same information to log in.

The LinkedIn job app also allows you to easily submit job applications for positions using your LinkedIn profile.

Related reading: Should You Apply to Jobs Using Your Resume or LinkedIn?

3. ZipRecruiter 

ZipRecruiter comes in third for the best job search mobile app. ZipRecruiter is a popular job posting tool for recruiters and hiring managers but has also been advertising their own job board which has gained a lot of popularity lately. ZipRecruiter is also a job board aggregator so you can find listings from other popular job boards as well. 

The app also allows you to upload your resume and easily apply for jobs with one click.

4. Monster

Monster is one of the biggest job search sites among job seekers out there and of course has its own app. The Monster app also allows you to upload your resume to apply for jobs with a single swipe. Consider it the Tinder dating app for job search. 

Just a word of caution on swiping: even though every job may seem attractive (pun intended), make sure you take the time to see if it’s actually a position you’d want and are qualified for based on work experience. Many end up swiping right for nearly all job matches only to receive tons of responses they really wouldn’t even consider. Swipe with caution!

5. Glassdoor

Glassdoor is useful for both finding jobs and looking up company reviews. Their app has a great user experience and makes it easy to both research companies and apply for a career opportunity.

Even if you don’t use Glassdoor for job recommendations, this is an app every job seeker should have to research employer reviews, salaries and other useful information. You could even find career advice and pointers about how interviews are conducted for a particular employer. This is a must-have app for your job search!

6. CareerBuilder

CareerBuilder is also another popular job search website that has its own app. It also allows you to upload your resume and apply for jobs with just a few clicks. 

If you’re already using the Monster and Indeed apps, you may want to skip out on this one. Why? Because Indeed and Monster both include job postings from CareerBuilder in their results. You’ll find that many of the major job sites do that, so you may want to only go with a couple of apps so you don’t waste time on duplicate listings.

Expert Tip

If you do download all the job search apps, be sure you’re organizing your job search so you don’t apply to the same job twice!

7. SnagaJob 

SnagaJob is a job search website that caters to hourly employees. Some of the biggest companies use the SnagaJob platform to search for candidates.

The app allows you to easily browse different listings and easily apply for jobs on the go.

8. Dice

Dice is a job search site that focuses on tech jobs.

If you haven’t made a career decision yet, getting into tech is a great option you should explore that comes with a generous salary. The Dice app makes it easy to search and apply for tech jobs at some of the most well-known companies. Dice is considered to be one of the best job search apps for those in the tech field.

Related reading:  Dice is also on Zipjob’s list of the Top 12 Sites To Help You Land A Job In Tech.

9. FlexJobs

FlexJobs is a niche job board focusing on flexible work arrangements and remote open positions. You’ll only find jobs the company has vetted to ensure they’re legit and offer flexible working arrangements. With the FlexJob app, you can search for full-time, part-time, contract, remote work-from-home, and hybrid jobs. Aside from searching for jobs, you can create a profile, save jobs, and receive daily or weekly email alerts. 

Many ask, “Is FlexJobs free?” Though searching for jobs is free, FlexJobs charges a nominal fee to see the full details of a job and to apply. Rates as of the date of this article are $2.95 for 14 days and $5.95 per month, with the option to save over 75% by paying for a full year in advance at $71.40. One snag is the fact that you can only download the app on iOS. 

  • FlexJobs App Link: iOS

Related reading: You can also find details about FlexJobs in the Top 7 Job Search Sites for Remote Work

10. Jibe

Jibe is a job board focused on entry-level positions. The app boasts a simplified process to connect entry-level candidates with entry-level jobs. Similar to many dating apps, you “swipe” as you navigate your job search. 

11. Google

Many people already have the Google app downloaded on their phones, making it easy to use the Google Careers feature. Once the Google app is open, enter “Google jobs” in the search field, and several open jobs will come up. 

You can search for and set job alerts based on location, experience level, skills and qualifications, degree type, job type, and organization. From there, you have the ability to filter your search by relevance or date posted. 

12. JobStack

JobStack is a great app for those seeking temporary work or are interested in trying out different jobs to see what they’re most interested in. They have job opportunities posted for work throughout the United States. 

13. JobGet

JobGet is an excellent app for finding local work. Find jobs in retail, hospitality, trucking, customer support, warehouse, and more with this app. It allows you to easily find jobs that match your skill set, with the goal of receiving a response from employers through the app within 24 hours of submitting an application.

Tips on how to optimize your job search with apps

Now that you know what some of the best job search apps are, how can you get the most out of your efforts? Below are some tips to help you out. 

  1. Select three to four apps. You can choose more, but going beyond a few apps for your search might get confusing and overwhelming. It’s best to choose the apps that stand out to you the most and align with your goals.

  2. Complete your profile. Fully complete your profile to make it easier when it comes time to apply for a job and for employers to find you. 

  3. Tailor your resume to each job application. Though it’s tempting to submit the same resume for each job, it’s essential to tweak your resume to align with each job you apply for if you want to increase your chances of an interview. Refer to each job description and make adjustments so that your resume is optimized for each job. 

  4. Submit early. Apply sooner than later when you see a job of interest. Employers can get inundated with resumes, so it’s helpful if yours is one of the first ones they get to review. However, don’t submit until after you’ve tailored your resume to the job, as noted above. 

  5. Set job alerts. As mentioned previously, job alerts allow you to build efficiently into your job search and make it easier to identify jobs that meet your criteria quickly. 

  6. Be selective. Instead of applying for any job you see, be selective and apply for the jobs that truly speak to you and align with your skills and qualifications. 

One major con to using job search apps

One drawback of using job search apps can be the difficulty of properly targeting your resume within the application. In that case, you can either upload a new resume to the app for each application or save the job of interest in the application and apply online through the associated website.

Strategize your job search approach

Job searching has changed drastically in the last few years with the advance of technology. Using your mobile device while on the go allows you to easily search, save, and apply for jobs. As mentioned, we suggest you stick to three to four of the best job search apps available, optimize your profile and settings for each, and check them anytime you have a spare moment.

Are you confident your resume is ready to submit to some of the best job search apps above? If not, then consider submitting for a free resume review for support!

This article was originally written by Caitlin Proctor and has been updated by Ronda Suder. 

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Written by

Ronda Suder, Professional Writer

With a drive to foster safety and expand possibilities through writing, performing, and working with others, Ronda brings 25 years of combined experience in HR, recruiting, career advice, communications, mental and behavioral health, and storytelling to her work. She’s a certified career coach and holds a Master’s in Human Resources, a Master’s in Film and Media Production, and a Master’s in Counseling and Development. As a writer, she’s covered topics ranging from finance and rock mining to leadership and internet technology, with a passion for career advice and mental-health-related topics. When she’s not at her computer, Ronda enjoys connecting with others, personal growth and development, spending time with her beloved pooch, and entertainment through movies, television, acting, and other artistic endeavors. You can connect with Ronda on LinkedIn and through her website.

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