Mobile Apps for the Executive in Transition

Embracing technology is important for the evolving executive. Mobile apps are intended to make our lives easier, and they can, but often we get bogged down in them.  There are troves of apps offering everything from scanning business cards to job search applications. Speaking of Job Search Apps, there are a ton out there but we find that those are not very good at finding jobs at the executive level so their apps are more distractions and time-wasters than they are helpful.

Here, we are going to offer our suggestions for Apps that can help:

LinkedIn has grown from being a simple, browser based social tool to developing an entire suite of apps to help professionals. At the time of this writing, there are seven. Not all are intended for everyone and only a few will help you where you are at.

Screen Shot 2015-12-04 at 10.23.39 AM  First, LinkedIn (FREE): https://www.linkedin.com/mobile The flagship app and main LinkedIn interface. “Make the most of wherever you are. Stay engaged with who you know, discover industry insights, and share your expertise. It’s professional empowerment in your pocket.” We talk at length about the importance of LinkedIn for networking and we even devote an entire chapter in our training to leveraging the power of LinkedIn in our training. The app doesn’t do everything the web/browser version does but what’s left is catered to the mobile environment.

Screen Shot 2015-12-04 at 10.24.08 AM  A separate app, LinkedIn Job Search (FREE): https://www.linkedin.com/mobile This is the only Job Search app we recommend. LinkedIn Job Search gives you all the tools you need to easily find jobs wherever you want with location-based search & get automatic job recommendations & notifications based on your searches. If you create a job alert you will be notified when new jobs become available.

If you have a LinkedIn Premium account, you’ll be able to access it & Premium Insights on the go. Apply with your LinkedIn profile in just a few taps & do it all in total privacy. If you are already logged in to the LinkedIn App on your phone, you will be automatically logged in to LinkedIn Job Search when you open it up.

Screen Shot 2015-12-04 at 10.23.24 AM  The other good LinkedIn app is Groups. (FREE): https://www.linkedin.com/mobile One of the most powerful networking tools in LinkedIn and my personal favorite spots for finding open positions are LinkedIn Groups. with LinkedIn Groups, you also have access to networking with like-minded professionals. Join private communities, enjoy meaningful conversations, and get ideas from experts. Post comments, questions, or photos to add to any discussion. This one is not available on Android, Sorry.

Okay, Let’s get out of LinkedIn.

  Gmail (FREE): https://mail.google.com/ You will need an email address that belongs to you, not your present or past employer. We recommend a Gmail account for this. The first reason is that you can keep it forever. Because you keep it forever, you will never have to worry about what happened to the super-important email from a while back. We see a lot of our clients using email provided by their Internet Service Provider (ISP) and while this is private to you, it will be gone in an instant if you ever move or change ISP’s. Also, JohnDoe@comcast.net looks like you might work for Comcast and is generally considered less professional. All this to say we recommend Gmail because it’s free, personal, permanent, and more professional looking. It also gives you access to our next suggestions…

Screen Shot 2015-12-04 at 10.27.34 AM  Google Drive (FREE): https://www.google.com/intl/en/drive/ First, Google Drive lets you store any file. Drive starts you with 15 GB of free Google online storage, so you can keep photos, documents (resumes), and any other file on hand at all times. Second, you can share said documents very easily so if you find yourself needing to edit and send off that resume in a hurry. Google Drive for mobile also pairs up with a desktop app that will keep your documents updated across all of your devices and computers

A lesser-known feature (and my personal favorite) of Google Drive is Scan. If you have a hard copy of a document, receipt, business card, etc. that you need to save, simply lay it flat on an uncluttered surface and snap a picture of it. After you’ve scanned a document, the app will actually read/translate the text, save it as a searchable PDF file and store it right in your Drive. I use this feature so much I actually created a shortcut on my home screen. More on this feature here: https://support.google.com/drive/answer/3145835?hl=en

Yvxfp9Ym  Google offers three more apps that we suggest and will work directly with Google Drive. Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Google Slides (ALL FREE). All three of these work on your mobile devices as well as your desktop and are free replacements for Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Powerpoint. They really show their value if you need to make a quick edit to an existing document and send it back before you can get to your desktop or if you simply need to review something that was sent to you. There are a ton of other features to these apps but these are really what you will find the most important during your career transition


What we’ve laid out here are basically just two different suites of apps. We believe in keeping it simple and we feel these are your best choices for managing your job search from you mobile device.

If you have any additions or just comments, please feel free to reach out to me at GSykes@wetrichgroup.com