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Best apps for senior job seekers

The slump in the economy has led to all kinds of unanticipated side effects. But one that nearly everyone could have predicted was the growth in early retirement by companies seeking to slash the payroll. This left many skilled seniors jobless and seeking work. If you find yourself in this group, with plenty to offer the right employer but few opportunities to get a foot in the door, here are just a few mobile applications that could help you make your case that you’re still relevant in today’s job market.

  1. LinkedIn. Over the course of a career you have likely developed an extensive network of peers and colleagues. Now is the time to make the most of such connections. After setting up an account on the website and linking with other professionals, you can download the complementary app for free and use the many tools to stay connected, make new acquaintances, view jobs, and follow groups and industry news. You can’t do everything with the app that you can with the web version, but it’s still a great way to keep tabs on your account on the go.
  2. Resume Designer. This handy app will set you back $2.99, but the user-friendly interface makes it worth the cost. All you have to do is select a template (or start from scratch), enter your information, fine tune the formatting, and start sending your resume out to prospective employers. It doesn’t get much easier for the professional looking to update a resume and get back to work.
  3. JobAware. Most people who are looking for jobs these days start with websites like Monster, Career Builder, or even Craigslist. But there are a couple of reasons why a seasoned job seeker such as yourself might want to steer clear of the apps associated with these sites. For one thing, they’re not highly rated by users. With problems like crashes each time you try to submit an application, you really don’t want to waste your time. Craigslist appears to be the most functional of the bunch, but do you really want to answer a cattle call job forum populated by positions that you’re likely overqualified for? JobAware, on the other hand, provides you not only with job listings, but lets you search by job type (full-time, contract, etc.), compare salaries, track applications, interviews, and overall progress, and even access information pertaining to creating a resume and preparing for an interview.
  4. KaiCards. It seems that the days of handshakes and card cases are long gone as one industry after another goes paperless and mobile. And despite the fact that there are several apps meant to replace the need for physical business cards, none truly deliver. KaiCards, however, comes the closest. Several design options will help you to create a workable digital calling card that you can share via Facebook, Twitter, and Tubmlr. And with in-app purchases you can either generate a PDF to email or print, or else send cards directly to your AirPrint device for automatic printing.
  5. Interview Prep Questions. Most people prepare for all kinds of things in life, from weekly dinner plans to public speeches to potential damage to mobile devices (where case mate iPhone 5 protectors come in handy). But for some reason, those who have been working for a while may feel that they don’t need to prepare for interviews. However, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, so it behooves you to go into an interview having practiced answers to a few common questions. This free app can help by providing questions, along with tips for answering effectively. And you can save those that you need to practice, allowing you to ace every interview.