Finding a job is often tiresome. Tweaking your CV, preparing for those daunting interviews, and once we have the job, who’s to say we’ll even enjoy it? And how do we keep those meetings, lunches and deadlines in check? I have compiled a list of seven essential apps to boost every aspect of your professional life so that you stay well-informed, organised and on top of your game.
Improve your productivity with Timeful
Timeful is an innovative app dedicated to improving the way we spend our time, combining an intelligent calendar with a to-do list. The app’s algorithm learns how we get stuff done and smartly suggests ways to build new habits and manage tasks, all on our own terms. The app attracted $6.8 million US in funding from firms such as Khosla Ventures and Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers, and has just been acquired by Google. It was founded in March 2014 by serial entrepreneur Yoav Shoham, behavioral economist Dan Ariely and data scientist Jacob Bank.
Better your job search with Glassdoor
Glassdoor boosts your future employer savviness by providing company insights from current and former employees. The app enables jobseekers to peruse company profiles, read up on what it’s really like to work there – the good and the bad – and help them make a better-informed decision. It was voted the ‘Best Employment Site 2012’ by the Webby Awards, and is hyped as “a free inside look at jobs and companies.” Employees can leave anonymous salary information, reviews, interview questions and photographs from current and past employees. Think TripAdvisor for jobs – if you are considering a job offer from a particular company you probably want to check out what others think of it.
Boost your creativity with Brainsparker
Developed by best-selling author and innovation coach, Gabriella Goddard, Brainsparker is one of the top creativity apps and uses packs of prompt cards to help spark the imagination, unblock the mind, and trigger new ideas. Brainsparker is free and comes with a Starter Pack of 200 random words, questions and actions. “Brainsparker is ideal for people who feel stuck and need a boost of creative inspiration,” says Gabriella Goddard, creator of Brainsparker and leadership development expert in innovation. It is available for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch. Additional packs for writers, innovators, bloggers and managers can be purchased in-App on iPhone and iPad versions.
Up your networking skills with Meetup
Not only is this New York-based app a great way of making friends, but it also widens your professional circle. Meetup is an online social networking portal started in 2002 in New York. It now has more than 21 million members across 180 countries.
There are more than 15,000 professional networking groups with over four million members, including the Entrepreneurs in London, Singapore Online Business Meetup, and Vancouver Professional Women’s Networking Group.
Hone your organisational skills with Wunderlist
Wunderlist has garnered huge popularity due to its elegant style and robust features that are easy to learn. With its paid option you can get several bonus features such unlimited tasks delegation and file uploads. But even if you want to remain a free user, it is still a wonderful app to have. You can add tasks via email and can star your important task as well as customize the look of the app. It has a broad platform that enables you to get access to your tasks from anywhere. Wunderlist is a great app if you want to start using a comprehensive virtual tool to assemble your tasks.
Boost your interview skills with Interview Prep Questions
This no-frills app helps prepare you for those probing interview questions, such as “what makes an ideal boss?” and “explain how your knowledge has grown in the last 12 months.” Just click the question to flip the app’s “flash card” over to reveal suggested answers, as well as what kind of details you should provide for an intelligent response. Save harder questions you want to work on to a “favorite deck,” and discard the “cards” you’ve mastered into the ignore list. With flash cards this useful, you’ll wish they had ones suggesting possible interview outfits.
Bring your CV to life with Visualize.me
Vizualize.me is a brilliant app that turns your LinkedIn profile information into a beautiful, web-based infographic. Having logged in via LinkedIn, you can edit your profile summary, work experience, education, links, skills, interests, languages, stats, recommendations and awards. And voila! A stunning infographic is created. The company’s vision is to “be the future of resumes.” Lofty goal, but completely viable, given that its iteration of the resume is much more compelling than the simple, black-and-white paper version that currently rules the world. You can choose from several themes, color schemes and create your own categories of stats to showcase your specific talents.
(Claudia Lambrichs is the Global Head of HR at Everjobs, the new job portal for emerging markets currently operating in Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Cameroon The company is backed by Rocket Internet, as well as the Asia Pacific Internet Group – APACIG – and the Africa Internet Group – AIG).