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Networking apps for getting your next job

Networking apps for getting your next job

If you need a job, you need to network. Networking is how you hear about positions (including the ones that are never advertised), avoid the application pile, get introduced to hiring managers and recruiters, get the inside scoop on the company, and find mentors. These three apps help you find the people who can help you find the job.

LinkedIn (iOS, Android)

LinkedIn, the grandaddy of networking apps, is a must-have for anyone looking for a job. First, create a profile with your objective, career and education history, relevant skills, and endorsements, and get discovered by hiring managers and recruiters who scour LinkedIn for qualified candidates.

Take a more active role in your job hunt by scanning open positions and reaching out to people in your network for more information, advice, or an employment recommendation. To reach those outside your network, however, you'll need a LinkedIn Pro account at $29.99 per month.

LinkedIn has also developed LinkedIn Lookup (iOS, Android) for networking within your current company. Connect your LinkedIn account and verify your email, and you'll be able to search coworkers by name, title, or skill. You can even contact those outside your network to learn about exciting opportunities.

Shapr (iOS, Android)

Shapr is the Tinder of professional networking. Swipe right to like or left to reject potential matches among high-caliber professionals who are near you and have similar interests. If you're nervous about getting rejected, rest assured that your picks remain anonymous until they're reciprocated. Once you match, you can arrange a face-to-face meeting by messaging in the app.

Meetup (iOS, Android)

Networking events can feel so nerve-racking, as you blast through speed meetings with strangers. A better, more relaxed approach might be a meetup. The Meetup app lists thousands of these informal get-togethers -- clubs, hackathons, and mixers -- that you can leverage for professional gain.

When registering, select your interests from 24 diverse categories. Job seekers should start with Career and Business, which can then be narrowed to Young Professionals or Business Intelligence on the next screen. You'll then see a customized list of meetups that you can filter by date or group name. Tap the group you're interested in and then Add Me to join. Once you're approved, you can start RSVPing for upcoming events.

Tip: When selecting your interests in the Meetup app, don't discount recreational ones. You might just land your next job through someone you meet in a book club or wine tasting.

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Joshua Rotter is a copy editor for Download.com and covers iOS.