Job search wordcloudToday’s job seekers better be on their technology game when it comes to finding, applying for and following up on job applications. Job search engines, human recruiters and companies themselves are all stepping up their digital recruiting abilities. As a result, candidates will be left out in the cold unless they too start using career job sites, job mobile apps and more.

More than half of all US adults now own smart phones and about the same number of people use their smartphones to search for something via their phone’s search engine at least once a day. Knowing how mobile use is trending upwards, more job recruitment firms are taking job search to a new mobile level.

According to numbers from the Internet research firm comScore, nearly 10 million workers searched for jobs this past spring. That’s an increase of about 8 million people. Additionally, search giant Google’s own internal data shows that more than 30 percent of the searches for the keyword “jobs” comes from smart phones.

The job search industry is gearing toward increased mobile access. Some employment experts think that it will be fairly common to use our mobile devices and mobile apps to find jobs in the next few years. For recruiters, mobile searches will help open up opportunities to find the right candidate quicker and more effectively. For candidates, mobile job search will offer more more opportunities to check jobs on their lunch break.

Mobile Apps

One of these apps is a startup called Proven. Techcrunch reports that the app aggregates job listings from some of the leading online job sites from,,, Craigslist and others. Mobile users can then slice and dice their searches by job categories, job locations, salary ranges and more. Once a user finds a job that fits his or her search framework, an “apply now” button appears, giving users a chance to apply on the spot. Users can also save the listing and apply at a more convenient time.

Job Search Apps

Here are a few of the popular job search/career growth apps you can download to your Android or iOS device. The apps listed below are free.

Indeed Job Search: Indeed enables users to search by location, job type, salary and authority level. Well known for its desktop browser version, Indeed aggregates available jobs from the major job search engines, sends daily alerts for new opportunities and shares it with users in one easy-to-read format. Job: The unique difference that LinkUp’s app brings to the job search tool box is one of finding non-advertised job openings and related online job applications. Its algorithms find jobs that are listed only on company job sites. These may not be advertised on the big job search engines, so LinkUp shows value by alerting users to these opportunities.

Simply Hired: Simply Hired’s app is as good as its desktop version, befitting its status as one of the Web’s best career search engines. This app finds job listings from almost everywhere, and users can target location, pay, level and more.