Looking to kick off the new decade with a job change? There’s an app for that. Actually, there’s a bunch of apps for that. How can you tell which ones are legit? Lucky for you, we did the legwork and found 2020’s top 5 job search apps.
We made sure to choose apps that are available for both iOS and Android devices, were free, and well-reviewed by users (at least 4 stars). By including what’s great about each app and where it falls short, you’ll be able to the job search apps that fit your needs.
Considered the #1 social networking app for professionals, LinkedIn’s app has 4.4 stars and over 1.5 millions ratings. It allows you to quickly tap into (or build out!) your professional network, connect with recruiters, and see if you know anyone at companies you’re interested in.
Easy Networking. The app makes it to find people that you know, as most working professionals have a LinkedIn account. It’s social media that prioritizes business over pleasure, so for what it lacks in memes, it makes up for with genuine business contacts.
Robust Filtering. You can search for and keep up to date with companies that you want to work for. You can also check to see if you have a friend of a friend that could help you get your foot in the door!
Long Set Up. To truly make the most of LinkedIn, you have to invest in filling out your full profile. It can take a while to put everything together, but it’s time well spent for professional networking.
Not Newbie-Friendly. If you’re new to the working world, it can be hard to build a profile that piques a recruiter’s interest.
Glassdoor wants to help you find a job you love by giving you the inside scoop into a company’s culture. Real employee reviews tell you a lot about whether or not the company is the right fit for you. Glassdoor’s app has 4.7 stars and has over 500,000 ratings.
Company Exploration. It’s easy to filter companies by their ratings, allowing you to find companies with excellent ratings that you may have otherwise missed.
Salary Comparison. Employees can include payment information, and that level of transparency can help you when it comes time to negotiate salary.
Login Issues & Crashing. Recently, users have reported several problems with the app’s function. However, their software team is working to resolve the issues as soon as they can.
One of the first online job search engines has become a mainstay for job seekers. By sheer volume of opportunities, Indeed lets you search for any job anywhere. Indeed’s app has 4.7 stars and over 2 million ratings.
Quick Apply. Indeed lets you upload a resume and apply in just a few clicks. It’s easy to get lots of applications out fast.
So. Many. Postings. There are literally millions of jobs on the platform, so you can use filters to find the perfect fit for you.
Overwhelming Options. Having millions of job listings gives you lots of options, but it can also bowl you over like a tidal wave. If you suffer from decision paralysis, this app isn’t the best fit for you.
Poor Filtering. Shows jobs that are far outside of a job seeker’s location filter, lots of job spam, and jobs that have already been filled.
ZipRecruiter is a modern job search app with a clean, simple interface that keeps you from feeling overwhelmed. One of the app’s coolest feature is the Salary checker that will email the employer to give you accurate compensation numbers. ZipRecruiter’s app has 4.8 stars and over 550,000 ratings.
One-Click Apply. Could it be any easier? After uploading your resume and filling out a basic profile, Zip takes care of the rest.
Good Response Rate. ZipRecruiter has been blowing up recently, and that’s due in part to engaged hiring managers using the platform. There’s a companion app for employers so they can stay on top of their postings.
Lack-Luster Job Matching. The filtering could use some work, and job alerts often include ads for jobs that aren’t of interest to you.
Beware of Scams. Like most job sites, there is a risk of getting scammed. Fortunately, there are things you can look for so you can avoid putting yourself at risk.
Feel like the job search is a broken process? JobFlare agrees – and wants to help you find a job without the traditional suffering. They focus on helping you forge a connection with employers by highlighting your potential to succeed. JobFlare’s app as 4.6 stars and over 3,000 ratings. In addition to helping you find work – the games are actually fun. JobFlare took the #2 spot on GameKey’s list of top games for September.
Play Your Way. Chuck the idea of a humdrum search out the window. JobFlare combines brain games and a clean app experience make the job hunt way less soul-sucking.
Great for Entry Level. No experience? No problem. JobFlare lets you showcase you most important asset to employers: your cognitive aptitude.
Limited Geographies. Currently, the app focuses on major metro areas in the US. However, the app is frequently adding new companies and expanding to new places.
Not Great for Senior Positions. JobFlare believes finding the right company fit is more important than getting the right title, making the app better suited for people looking to expand their horizons rather than finding a specific VP role.