Getting the Job You Want After 50: Helpful Apps and Websites

By Kerry Hannon

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Make your job hunt easier by employing as many resources as you can. Many job sites, including CareerBuilder, craigslist, Indeed, Jobaware, Monster, LinkUp, SimplyHired, and SnagaJob, have corresponding smartphone apps. Networking apps and websites for Facebook, LinkedIn, Monster’s BeKnown, and Twitter are also very useful for networking and checking out job listings.

Here are a few additional job-search apps to check out. They’re geared to those who are employed but open to new prospects. You either transfer your profile from Facebook, which is then edited to keep you incognito, or you fill out a questionnaire with information about your credentials and the kind of jobs and companies that interest you. The service then pairs you with potential employers, while keeping your identity top-secret.

If there’s a match and both parties indicate an interest, the service introduces you and enables you to communicate with one another and set up an interview. These apps and websites are appealing to recruiters, who almost always prefer employed over unemployed candidates, especially when seeking candidates with specialized skills and experience.

  • Jobr: You build a Jobr profile by signing into your LinkedIn account and importing your profile (or you can use a résumé). Your photo, contact info, and other identifying information are removed, so you remain anonymous. Jobr then sends you job openings based on your salary preferences, location, skills, education, and work experience.

    You browse proposed job listings and then swipe to the right on jobs you want to apply for and left on jobs you don’t. Employers and recruiters do the same. If you both select one another, a recruiter may request a full résumé by email or schedule a phone interview.

  • Poachable: Poachable is a website that has listings for an assortment of job functions in a variety of places. The focus right now is technology, and jobs tend to be for engineers, product managers, and designers. Poachable also has a blog with posts on how job seekers can make themselves more attractive to employers.

  • Poacht: Like Switch and Jobr, but instead of using a Tinder-like swiping process to match you with potential employers, Poacht asks you a few screening questions, such as the salary you’re seeking and whether you’re willing to relocate. The app then notifies you when an employer is interested. At that point, you can accept or decline the introduction request.

  • Switch: Originally for tech jobs in New York City, Switch has plans to expand to other major metro markets. It works like Jobr; you and your prospective employer swipe to show interest, and the app introduces you.

Most of these apps and sites are pretty new, so they may not list as many jobs as do the big job boards. Although most offer a range of jobs in a variety of places, they’re currently geared to start-up technology, engineering, and digital media, located in techie locales, including New York and Silicon Valley.