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10 apps to take your IT job search mobile

The job hunt is going mobile. Here are 10 apps to help you land a technology gig from your phone.

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When they say that everything's going mobile, they're not kidding. Glassdoor published a study that found 9 out of 10 job seekers will use mobile devices to job search in the next year.

"For job seekers, the survey results indicate that mobile job search is here to stay," said Ryan Aylward, CTO of Glassdoor.

One of the trends that surfaced from the study had to do with immediacy. The study found that 59% of job seekers thought that their odds of getting a response on a job were better if they responded to the posting as soon as it was online.

"The ability to be connected anywhere and the urgency of looking for a new job make mobile devices one of the most important job search tools," Aylward said. He added that there's still work to be done on the part of employers in terms of supporting mobile job search and application, but for now, we've put together a list of 10 apps to bring the job hunt to your phone.

1. Dice (Free)

Dice focuses specifically on tech jobs. The app let the users use Dice from their phones. That means they can search and apply for jobs with their Dice account, get customized recommendations, and share and save jobs. It's available on iOS and Android. A separate app, Dice's Career Guide App highlights things like search basics, interview tips, and hiring trends with the idea of helping users land their first job in tech. It is also available on iOS and Android.

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2. LinkedIn (Free)

If you use LinkedIn, you might consider the free app version. It basically lets the user access LinkedIn's normal functions - checking the newsfeed, making endorsements, accepting requests, etc - in mobile form. And if you're not checking LinkedIn regularly, the app's alerts are helpful for staying on top of new messages or endorsements. It's available for iOS and Android.

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3. Resume Builder Pro ($3.99 on iOS, $2.99 on Android)

This app lets the user create a resume based on their LinkedIn account, and export it as a pdf, with a few style options. You can either email the finished product, or upload it to Dropbox. It's available for iOS and Android.

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4. Jobr (Free)

The Jobr app, connects job seekers with hiring managers and recruiters. Recruiters and potential employees use the app to swipe through candidates or listings - swiping right expresses interest, swiping left passes. When there's a mutual interest, the job hunter and hiring manager can chat within the app. Jobr also allows the user to recommend a job to a friend. De Simone said that considering trends like the amount of time people spend on their mobile devices, as well as the increased frequency with which people change jobs, "Jobr brings these two trends together by leveraging mobile to create a frictionless, personalized, painless job search experience." Two weeks after launching, Jobr hit its 1 millionth swipe. It's available for iOS, with plans for Android.

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5. Glassdoor (Free)

The Glassdoor app lets you search and save jobs, but also do research on companies with regard to salaries, interview questions, and employee experience. In October, Glassdoor added a feature called Job Feed. "Once you put in your preferences, Glassdoor's Job Feed takes over and delivers you the latest, relevant job listings in a news-feed like format and/or via push notification," said Aylward. It's available for iOS and Android.

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6. Job Search (Free)

Job-hunting search engine Indeed makes this app. Users can search for and apply to jobs as they might on a computer. They can also find jobs using their phone's GPS to filter by location, and see how many employers viewed their resume if they upload it to the Indeed network. It's available for iOS and Android.

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7. Monster Job Search and Monster Interviews (Both Free)

Monster makes two job hunting apps. The first allows the user to access their Monster account, save and send job searches. It's available for iOS and Android. The second app is geared toward interview preparation that includes tips, advice, and a post-interview guide. It's only available on iOS.

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8. Get the Job (Free/Premium for $0.99)

After you've found a job, applied, and gotten a call back, there's the interview to worry about. Get the Job preps the user with possible interview questions, interview etiquette, and general info on things like how long it takes for a potential employer to form an impression of a candidate. The app is available for both iOS and Android in a free version, and paid version.

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9. Simply Hired (Free)

This job search app allows users to search for jobs based on criteria like location and job title, and send and save posts and searches. The user can also apply for jobs using their LinkedIn account. The app also offers personalized job recommendations and email job alerts. It's available for iOS and Android.

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10. Jobrio (Free)

Jobrio supports 15 different different job search engines so the user can search them all at once. The user can also pick search engines, rate, and annotate jobs, as well as save searches. If a user favors a search, they can get updates when new jobs are added. Jobrio's Bo Stone said that going to the computer still takes more time and effort than pulling out your phone to quickly check messages. "That's why Jobrio is focusing on search and triage. Our typical user would check notifications for the vital new postings, run or re-run quick searches, rate or annotate potential matches and post listings to themselves," he said, "Later the actual applying can be done from convenience of a laptop or desktop." It's available for Android.

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About Erin Carson

Erin Carson is a Staff Reporter for CNET and a former Multimedia Editor for TechRepublic.

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