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Job seekers can tell you that searching all the job sites, job boards, and company websites or checking every job search engine for new opportunities and the latest job postings takes too much time. When you're on a job search, speed is key: The faster you can find the right openings and submit your resume to prospective employers, the better your odds of reaching a recruiter or hiring manager and getting a response.

That's one reason why job seekers are increasingly turning to their phones and apps for job searching, to network with colleagues, contact employers at companies they want to work for, fill out applications, and even to create a cover letter and resume.

Find the job listings you want to apply for and even submit your application or resume for that new position using these job search apps.

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1. LinkedIn (Android, iOS)

LinkedIn helps you search for, connect, and network with existing colleagues at your company or in your professional network and meet new ones that can help you progress in your career or into a new position at another company. You can also search for and apply for jobs on LinkedIn mobile and get relevant company updates and industry news that can help you further your career.

Start by populating your LinkedIn profile with your summary, work experience, education, skills and endorsements, recommendations, accomplishments, and interests -- along with a photo, and background photo -- so prospective employers gain a fuller picture of you than they ever could with a stark and formulaic resume.

The next step is to expand your connections beyond the people you know to include people whom you'd eventually like to work with as well as prospective mentors. You can also follow companies you're interested in working for, so you're aware when they post job opportunities.

Use the app's job search function to search for jobs or you can create and save job searches so that LinkedIn can serve the most relevant positions to you. Then start applying in the app. Or if a job has Easy Apply under it, you can apply to it with your LinkedIn profile without ever leaving the app in just a couple taps.

LinkedIn app
LinkedIn app (Credit: LinkedIn)

2. LinkedIn Job Search (Android, iOS)

To please LinkedIn users who only use the app to search for jobs, the company spun off its popular job search feature into a standalone app, in 2014, and called it LinkedIn Job Search. With an interface that'll be familiar to LinkedIn users, LinkedIn Job Search can help you land your dream job or make a career change, leveraging the power of your LinkedIn profile, skills, and network connections to serve you the most relevant job postings in your industry at the best companies. Then just quickly apply to these career opportunities within the app.

Start by connecting your LinkedIn account to the LinkedIn Job Search app, and you'll be taken through a series of questions to ensure the app sends you only the most relevant listings from hiring managers at companies you want to work for. First, add the job titles you're interested in, then select the locations you want to work in, and then flip over your proverbial "Open for business" sign by turning on the feature that alerts recruiters that you're interested in new career opportunities.

You can locate job opportunities at companies in your city or elsewhere with location-based search. Or you can directly search specific jobs or get recommendations and notifications sent to you based on your saved searches, previously viewed jobs, and of course, your LinkedIn profile.

When you find a job you like, just tap the job posting and read the job description, and if it's an Easy Apply job, then you can just press the Easy Apply button and the app will use your profile and contact info to apply to recruiters and hiring managers for you. You can still, however, use a cover letter and resume in Word or PDF formats, if you'd like.

Turn on push notifications and get everything from new job alerts to alerts reminding you to apply to saved jobs before they expire and even alerts when recruiters or prospective employers view your job applications.

LinkedIn Job Search app
LinkedIn Job Search app (Credit: LinkedIn)

3. Monster Job Search (Android, iOS)

You always hear that finding love takes work, so why can't job hunting become a more lovable pursuit -- even in a competitive job market? Monster Job Search, the companion app to the major job board -- which aggregates job openings from all the major job posting sites -- takes this to heart, matching you and prospective employers Tinder-style.

Allow location access, and your default homepage becomes a feed of local job openings, so you can apply to jobs nearby easily. Job seekers can input their resume directly to Monster Job Search from Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, or one of several other supported services.

Then apply for jobs using the Tinder-like application process. You'll be served a series of job openings on cards. Swipe to the right to express interest and to the left to decline. If you need more info on the job posting, just tap the card's photo. If you're not seeing the exact opportunities you expected, then you can filter them, so you only see jobs within the radius, salary, and posted date range that you want to see.

You can also just opt-in to get job alerts for positions within your field of work by push notifications or job recommendations via email.

​Monster Job Search app
Monster Job Search app (Credit: Monster)

4. CareerBuilder Job Search (Android, iOS)

The CareerBuilder app enables job seekers to search for the latest jobs from numerous job boards and career sites on the go, apply to many job listings with one tap, and track applications they've already put through.

Job candidates can either build a resume or CV from scratch in this Monster competitor app or upload a PDF or .doc from your phone, Dropbox, or Google Drive account instantly. Then you can quickly apply to job postings in one tap. Just look for the Quick Apply button under job listings to easily find these positions. Or with a public resume, you can kick back and let hiring managers, recruiters, potential employers, and companies come to you with job opportunities.

If you set up a profile and upload a resume, then the CareerBuilder Job Search app can serve you with relevant jobs via job alerts, and after you apply for jobs, show you similar jobs, so you can keep your momentum going.

With CareerBuilder's robust application management tool, you can easily view your application history and save jobs to apply for later.

​CarrerBuilder Job Search app
CarrerBuilder Job Search app (Credit: CareerBuilder)

5. Indeed Job Search (Android, iOS)

Search over 16 million job openings in more than 60 countries and 28 languages from thousands of company websites and job boards on Indeed, the companion job search engine app to registering, upload a resume .doc or PDF from your library. Then search its myriad job postings, many of which are "Apply with your Indeed Resume," which means that since they rely on your Indeed Resume for most of your info, you can submit applications for these positions with just a couple taps. Bonus: After you apply, you will see similar jobs to the one you just applied for to keep up the pace.

Indeed keeps a record of candidates' recent job searches, so you can see which jobs you've visited, saved, and applied to. Not ready to apply for a job quite yet? You can save jobs and also send yourself a reminder to apply later. Don't feel like searching for a position? You can get relevant opportunities that match your resume emailed to you. You can also easily get a recommended job alert to get the latest jobs in the area or areas you specify delivered to your inbox.

But with Indeed, do more than just search and apply for jobs. You can also follow favorite companies to get the latest jobs and updates, see how companies are rated by employees -- past and present -- and peruse 12 million-plus company reviews, as well as company photos.

​Indeed Job Search app
Indeed Job Search app (Credit: Indeed)

6. ZipRecruiter Job Search (Android, iOS)

The ZipRecruiter Job Search app facilitates landing your next position by aggregating listings from hundreds of job boards in one place and expediting the job application process.

Download the ZipRecruiter app and upon launch, you'll be asked for your minimum salary requirement. Enter it and agree to notifications, and you'll receive job alerts that meet this minimum.ZipRecruiter pushes you to flesh out your employee profile to generate more interest from employers. To enhance your profile, add your phone number, import your resume in one tap (or build one), and add a photo.

You can apply for any job now, on the go, if it's a Mobile Apply listing. Tap the job, then 1-Tap Apply, and your resume will be submitted instantly. If it's a Desktop Apply job, then you can create a list of Desktop Apply jobs to follow up and submit applications to later. Simply tap the heart button on the top right of the job listing and it'll be moved to the My Jobs section for easy access later. You can also save entire searches to come back to later.

Just so you know you're not applying to job postings in vain, you'll receive a notification when your resume has been viewed by a job poster. If you can't remember if you've applied for a position, no problem. Just tap the My Jobs tab and you'll be taken to your list of Applied Jobs.

​ZipRecruiter Job Search app
ZipRecruiter Job Search app (Credit: ZipRecruiter)

7. Glassdoor Job Search (Android, iOS)

It's one thing to land a job, but another thing entirely to find a job at a company you'd want to work for, with a great company culture and a great work-life balance that pays fair (or even above-market) salaries. The Glassdoor Job Search app helps job seekers find all three, with job openings, company reviews, salaries, benefits, and even office photos shared by current or past employees. And because employee reviews -- positive reviews and negative reviews -- are shared anonymously, you know you're getting a full picture.

Upon launching the app, you'll be asked for your current job title and city name, so that the app can serve you the most appropriate jobs from its millions of listings.

Tap any job listing, and you'll be able to save a job to apply for later, or if it's an Apply on Phone position, then you can quickly apply with a resume you've uploaded to your phone via Dropbox, Google Drive, or LinkedIn.

Enable notifications of new jobs from Glassdoor and as soon as the app finds new jobs, you'll receive push notifications, so you can be among the first to apply.

Glassdoor sets itself apart from competing job sites by also offering company info, reviews, and salary reports on job listing pages, so you'll get the inside scoop on the company's environment, culture, and senior management -- even the CEO -- in easy-to-read pros and cons. You'll also learn about the interview process and even some of the interview questions you may be asked if you're lucky enough to land an interview.

​Glassdoor Job Search app
Glassdoor Job Search app (Credit: Glassdoor)

8. Job Search Engine by LinkUp (iOS)

On a job hunt, but don't have time to search for jobs on myriad company websites? LinkUp's Job Search Engine app for iPhone, one of the top job aggregators, brings job seekers looking for a career change a regularly updated aggregation of 2 million job listings from 30,000 company websites.

Not every company advertises on job boards, so in the past job seekers would have had to go directly to each company website to check for open positions. But with the Job Search Engine app, you can forego the immense effort and see all these job postings in one app -- or in your email box if you set a job alert.

Better yet, LinkUp's jobs are regularly updated, so you know you're only getting active job postings. If you favorite a job, you'll even get a notification when the position is closed by the employer.

It's simple to apply to job openings via the Job Search Engine app. Open any listing, read the job description to see if it's a good fit, then tap the "View job on employer's website" button, and then follow the instructions to apply with your resume.

If you don't have time to apply for a job posting when you first come across it, you can save it to Favorites for quick access later via browser or feed reader. You can also email job opportunities you're interested in to yourself to apply to later. And you can get customizable email alerts sent to you with the latest jobs that meet your criteria.

​LinkUp's Job Search Engine app
LinkUp's Job Search Engine app (Credit: LinkUp)

Bonus: Bumble (Android, iOS)

Bumble may be best known as the female-first app that helps users of all genders find friends and relationships. But did you know that it also helps you find networking connections that could help you land your next job?

To get to this section in the app, tap BumbleDate and scroll past BumbleBFF to get to BumbleBizz. There you'll see user profiles, complete with photos and career interests and even opportunities to swipe just like you would in the dating and friend sections. Swipe to the right to express interest and to the left to decline. If you match, you can message each other, meet up, and then network -- and maybe even land a job. Just remember to make contact within 24 hours, or the connection expires.

​Bumble app
Bumble app (Credit: Bumble)

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Joshua Rotter is an Editor for