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Five free mobile apps that can make your job search easier

There's no denying that looking for a job is hard work. But if you have a smartphone, here are some apps that can make the chore a little bit easier.

There's no denying that looking for a job is hard work. But if you have a smartphone, here are some apps that can make the chore a little bit easier.

1. Mobile Monster -works on iPhone and iPad

The popular job board, Monster.com, created this mobile app to let you search jobs, forward favorites to an e-mail address, manage resumes and fill out job applications.

2. LinkedIn Mobile -works on BlackBerry, iPhone, iPad and Palm smartphones

Used the same way as LinkedIn, this mobile version lets you create a profile that doubles as an online resume. It lets you do the same business connecting, but on the go.

3. ResumeBear -works on Droid, iPhone, iPad

ResumeBear's mobile application makes sending and tracking your resume easy as pie. You can not only access your resume, but you can send it to potential employers. Most significantly, once you send a resume, you will receive a text or email alert as soon as the resume's been read.

4. TweetMyJobs -works on any text-enabled phone

TweetMyJobs integrates Twitter and Facebook into a next-generation job search tool. It lets users take advantage of their existing social network connections to get personally introduced to potential employers, and it lets those doing the hiring get the word out to candidates.

5. Bump -works on iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, and Android

This could well be the strangest app. When you load bump into your smartphone, you can physically "bump" other phones equipped with the software to instantly exchange names, addresses, and phone numbers. The app is 100% encrypted end-to-end.

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Toni Bowers is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and is the award-winning blogger of the Career Management blog. She has edited newsletters, books, and web sites pertaining to software, IT career, and IT management issues.

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