Searching for a job is a stressful and tiring process. You must find multiple listings, apply to various positions, and track all of them. Not to mention you have to keep ready things like a CV, customized cover letter, and contact information. These job hunt management apps will ensure you get the best job possible, whether you’ve been laid off, starting anew, or looking for a change in employment.
1. Roadmap (Web): Create a Structured Path for Job Hunting
Roadmap is a collection of career-making tools that ensure you have a structured path in your job hunt, and aren’t missing any must-have elements. By creating an account, you’ll get a career dashboard where you log your job search actions across four types: networking calls, workshops attended, jobs applied to, and interviews booked. These are the four basic activities you need to do to land good employment, and Roadmap tries to keep you on track with a daily push to achieve something.
The most impressive part of Roadmap is the free resources it offers. For example, the “Laid Off Toolkit” gives you detailed articles written by Roadmap executives about topics like job interview prep, discovering your career direction, and templates to reach out to your network. The Resume Review Game leverages the site’s community, where people review each other’s resumés and answer a few questions about it. That way, you’ll know what a stranger (like a recruiter) is likely to perceive from your CV.
Apart from these great tools, Roadmap offers a series of free virtual workshops that anyone can attend. There are multiple workshops each week that you can register for on topics such as salary negotiation, mock interviewing, overcoming imposter syndrome, etc.
2. Teal (Web): Best App for Guided Steps in How to Conduct Job Search
Teal is an excellent guide for job seekers who aren’t exactly sure what to do apart from looking for gigs on job boards. The app will help you organize any interesting positions you find on job boards, create a plan to follow through on them, and ensure you have an attractive resumé and online profile for recruiters.
Once you register, the app gives you clear and actionable goals, like setting a career goal, adding jobs to your job tracker, rating jobs, applying for one, creating a resumé, and filling out your work history. These are all steps to ensure you stay on track and don’t end up just passively searching job boards.
Teal also has a cool browser extension to add listings from job boards to your Teal dashboard automatically. You can also highlight important keywords from the job listings, which serve as tags in your dashboard to quickly filter jobs.
The two most helpful parts of Teal are its resumé builder and LinkedIn Review Tool. The resumé builder teaches you how to create a CV that recruiters will take notice of and how to customize resumés for particular jobs. LinkedIn profiles are now extremely important in job searching online, so use the LinkedIn Review Tool to optimize your LinkedIn profile on parameters like profile picture and banner, what you wrote in experience and skills, etc.
Download: Teal for Chrome (Free)
Several experts recommend organizing your job search in a kanban board app. It helps you visualize all your applications and their status in one glance and ensures you keep moving to the next step. Jobwell is an excellent execution of a job-centric kanban board, with the additional step of creating a kanban for networking with your contacts.
The jobs board has five columns: saved, applied, first interview, follow-up interviews, and offer. In each column, you can make a custom colored card for a new job that includes details for job title, company, location, posting date, posting URL, and job description.
When you move a card to any column, it’s automatically updated with a new task list for what you’ll need to do in that column. For example, in the “Applied” column, Jobwell recommends leveraging your network and following up with the recruiter. You can add custom tasks and notes to any card.
Like the jobs board, there is another board for networking. Here, each card is a contact, with their name, company, email, phone number, and LinkedIn, along with any other companies they are associated with. These cards move between columns like identify a contact, reach out, follow-up, schedule meetings, and staying engaged. Again, you’ll get recommended tasks for each activity when you move a card to a new column.
4. Job Hunter (Web): Free Notion Template to Track and Manage Job Applications
If you like how most of these apps function but none of them fits exactly what you want, look at the Job Hunter free template for the database app Notion. It features many of the same features but is also customizable as you can create and add anything to your own Notion page.
The main job search system is where you track your job applications, follow-ups, and interviews, so on. This includes all the data you need about a job application in a simple spreadsheet, with columns like salary range, location or whether it’s remote, primary contact, action items, etc.
The Job Hunter template also includes a network management system where you can add contacts and keep track of work relationships. The document management system is where you store and update all your personal documents and records that would be needed for a job application. Finally, if you don’t have a resumé yet, use the free template to create a minimalist CV.
Template designer Deepak Yadav has made it available for free, but if you find it useful, you can consider buying it for whatever you consider a fair price.
5. Job Hunt Buddy (Web): Most Powerful (But Paid) Job Hunt Management App
We usually try to recommend free apps, but Job Hunt Buddy is far too good to ignore. There is a free trial version for seven days, after which it costs $10 or $25 per month depending on the package you choose. You can also try a demo without signing up for the trial.
Job Hunt Buddy includes almost everything the aforementioned apps do, along with excellent cross-linking of information. You can add any job leads you find online and track them on a kanban board as cards in category-based columns like opportunity, application sent, interview set, closed, etc.
Clicking any category will show detailed cards, and clicking a card shows all the information you could possibly need. Each card has robust information apart from the job description. Job Hunt Buddy will find the company summary as well as contact details of employees on LinkedIn and Twitter. You can add tasks and notes to any job application, as well as upload documents. There is a separate section to manage all your documents as well. All in all, it’s a fantastic app that does everything right, and it’s only a matter of figuring out whether you want a paid app.
Don’t Stop After You Get the Job
Hopefully, once you get organized using one of these tools, you’ll find the right employment opportunity to grow your career. But once you get the job, don’t stop using the job hunt app. You can reduce how intensely you use it, but it’s still good practice to keep looking at job listings and networking with your contacts for future needs.