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9 Free iPhone Apps To Help You Land Your Next Job

Whether you're on the hunt for greener pastures, or looking for a complete career change, online resources are plentiful. Here are 9 iOS apps that could improve and shorten your search.
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If you're an IT pro considering a job change, it's a good time to be looking. IT salaries are on the rise and expected to climb an average of 5.3% in 2016 over 2015 salaries. Also, areas such as cyber-security are booming and are in need of more talent.

In fact, analysts expect cyber-security to become an estimated $170 billion market by 2020, up from $75 billion in 2015. According to a 2015 Cisco report on mitigating the cyber-security skills shortage, "There are more than 1 million unfilled security jobs worldwide."

Demand outstripping supply will mean salary premiums of about 9% -- or approximately $6,500 a year -- for cybersecurity workers over other IT jobs, according to Burning Glass, a company that develops AI-driven technologies to match people with jobs.

Burning Glass also notes that the retail, health care, and finance industries are seeing the fastest increases in demand for cyber-security jobs (a 137% increase over the last five years, in the case of finance, and 121% in health care).

To help get started in your search for the perfect cyber-security or any other IT-related job, we've put together a roster of iOS apps that can assist you with not only finding great openings, but in researching companies, tightening up your resume, and leveraging your network.

[See 10 Quirky Tech Job Interview Questions That May Stump You.]

As for how to go about your search, John Lees, a career strategist and the author of How to Get a Job You Love, offered advice in the Harvard Business Review that some might say could apply to romantic prospecting: Don't hold out for perfection.

"Perfect means hoping and waiting, but doing little," writes Lees. He also advises job seekers not to rely on second-hand information alone.

"Find out what the job feels like from the inside," writes Lees. "Don't allow employer branding or media portrayals make you starry-eyed: look with energy, get offers, and ask the right questions. If it's a role that takes your resume in a risky direction, perform as much due diligence as you would if you were an investor."

Which is to say, these apps aren't the whole hunt but a great place to get started. Take a look and let us know what you think of them. Would you use them? What apps have helped you in your job hunts?

(All images on the following pages via the Apple App Store.)

Michelle Maisto is a writer, a reader, a plotter, a cook, and a thinker whose career has revolved around food and technology. She has been, among other things, the editor-in-chief of Mobile Enterprise Magazine, a reporter on consumer mobile products and wireless networks for ... View Full Bio

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