Landing your dream job can be tough. But with career apps like Indeed, ZipRecruiter, and LinkedIn, applying to jobs has never been easier. In fact, a Glassdoor survey found that 45% of job seekers use their mobile devices to search for jobs at least once a day, and one in two think apps are quickly becoming the go-to way to find a job. So clearly, people do it. But can sending your resume off through a job search app really help you land the opportunity of your dreams?
When it comes to job searching sites and apps, I’m definitely more of a skeptic. I usually prefer to apply directly to a company’s website or will only apply to jobs via an app if an email address is provided. It just makes me feel like my resume is less likely to end up in a black hole somewhere.
But if you really want a chance to land the job of your dreams, don’t be like me. Job search apps can actually be super useful, if you know how to use them correctly.
We talked to women who successfully landed job opportunities using apps. Here’s how they did it and what you need to know to get hired.
“Finding a job via an online job board or app can seem like a tedious and fruitless endeavor. At least, that’s what I thought when I started to apply for jobs in November of 2017 on Indeed. It wasn’t until I implemented a few key changes into how I applied for work that I saw positive changes.
The first thing I did was thought about the job title I wanted and narrowed down my search. I really think this is key. Many of us feel that applying to a bunch of different job roles in different industries will increase our chances. But if anything, I think it just confuses hiring managers. Once you narrowed down your search to your job role, study the descriptions of each of the jobs in that role. Use the information you find to tailor your resume into a template for that specific job title.
Before I implemented these changes, I got maybe one reply a month from the jobs I applied to on Indeed. After I implemented these changes, I got maybe five replies a week to my job applications. Bottom line is, narrowing my job search to my desired job title, and tailoring my resume off of job descriptions for that role landed me my current position.”
— Moriah, Orlando, Florida
“I found my current role as head of communications for personal finance website finder.com via LinkedIn. When job hunting, having a contact at the company you are applying to is a good way of getting a foot in the door, particularly if they are inundated with applications. During my job search, I would ask any mutual connections for direct introductions to the company. It was a strategy I would use in tandem with the traditional application process. In addition to a position recommendation from a credible internal source, I found the introductions helped flag my name internally so that my application stood out. I was contacted by finder.com for an interview about six weeks after I had originally applied, by asking for introductions from mutual connections—which finally saw my application reach the right eyeballs.”
— Jennifer, New York, New York
“Months before graduation, I started connecting with people on LinkedIn who worked for companies I was interested in. I sent out introduction emails, but barely received any response. I even tried applying to jobs on the app but didn’t have much luck. One day I was looking through my news feed and found that someone in my network had commented on a post. The post was from someone looking to hire an assistant at a local beauty company. It was posted by the hiring manager herself and included her direct contact information. Long story short, I immediately sent her an email, landed an interview, and a few weeks later got the job.”
— Nicole, Culver City, California
“Although I’m currently a business coach, I previously had a successful professional career in marketing. I give credit to the success I’ve had to LinkedIn. I believe I successfully landed jobs by utilizing the power of my profile. It’s the first professional impression you will make with recruiters and potential employers. If possible, I suggest wearing a bright color in the photo to make it more [visually] appealing. Also, make your headline stand out. Instead of listing yourself as an Area Sales Manager, use descriptive words that highlight your accomplishments and strengths like Top-Producing Sales Executive.”
— Lauren, New York, New York
“I’ve used job searching apps several times. I did a lot of job searching on Monster (it was 2012) and ended up getting a job from that posting. It turned into a really great role for me and I stayed with that company for four years. My biggest learning from that was not to disqualify yourself based on ‘minimum qualifications.’ That job posting ‘required’ six-to-eight years of customer service experience, and I was two years out of college. I’m glad I didn’t let that stop me!
My current role, and the one I had before this, were both found on LinkedIn. Just a tip, if you’re cleaning up your profile on LinkedIn, it’s always good to disable the feature that notifies your network of changes to your profile. Your current boss might be suspicious if you start making adjustments. But I would say the biggest piece of job-hunting advice is to look for a job is when you already have one. It’s great to say ‘wait for the right job,’ but when rent is due, you need to pay the bills. So if your current job isn’t your dream job, don’t waste time. Start looking at jobs, find out what qualifications you need for your dream job, and get to work on building those skills and applying for that dream job.”
— Caitlyn, Denver, Colorado
Career expert Lauren Berger, author of Get It Together: Ditch the Chaos, Do the Work, and Design your Success and founder of CareerQueen.com, told HelloGiggles that you can even expand your job search to social media apps. Facebook, for instance, has Groups and the Marketplace, which can help you find opportunities.
Instagram has also become another go-to place for companies to announce they’re hiring. “I can’t tell you how many companies are using their Instagram (or their founder’s Instagram) to promote internship and job opportunities,” Berger said. “Even celebs like Aimee Song and Patti Stanger are using Instagram to announce that they are searching. It’s more important than ever to be tracking your dream companies (and dream company CEOs) on social media—specifically on Instagram and Instagram Story.”
Good luck out there, boss babes!