Labor Department Capitalizes on Mobile Apps to Make Job Search Easier
Taking its cue from the widespread adoption of mobile Apps, the U.S Department of Labor announced the launch of five new Applications that can be used to access jobs and information through its CareerOneStop Website. Using mobile Apps via smartphones, tablets such as iPads®, and other mobile devices can now leverage these DOL App downloads to conduct the following jobs-related searches:
- Find an American Job Center App lets users quickly locate and contact their closest American Job Center in their area.
- Find a Job App provides access to all job listings in local U.S. areas.
- Veterans Job Search Apps will connect job seekers with military job experience access to civilian careers.
- Salary Finder App provides information to help users determine average hourly wages based on occupation and location.
- Training Finder App offers access to education and training programs in their local area.
According to technology research consultants, Gartner, Inc., mobile devices are expected to surpass PCs as the most common Web access tool in 2013. And with Apple recently announcing that its customers downloaded over 40 billion Apps, with nearly 20 billion of those downloaded in 2012 alone, it’s not surprising that App usage in all areas, including job search, will continue to increase
Why use Apps to find a job?
- The job search is a 24/7 endeavor and arming yourself with the best tools will net the best results.
- Most Apps are free and can help you identify opportunities – anytime, anywhere.
- Apps are fast and convenient. You can quickly and easily search for and apply for jobs.
- Apps are a great way to network. You can use Apps to maintain your online networks, as well as arrange meetings with in-App messaging features.
- Apps can help you uncover hidden jobs. Some jobs won’t be posted via traditional methods, so it is up to you to uncover all opportunities, including those opportunities that may only be posted via job search Apps.