So you’ve done it. You’ve survived the late-night cram sessions, gargantuan projects, and ridiculous papers and finally got to take the long-imagined walk across the stage to claim your degree. Now that you’re out in the “real world” you’ve most likely found things to be a bit different than when you were in college. Your priorities are different and revolve around things like networking and resume building rather than partying and sleeping.
To keep up with the changing pace of your life, shouldn’t your social media use sort of “graduate” with you? Not that you need to abandon any current sites or apps you are using, but perhaps it’s time to broaden your horizons. Below is a list of smartphone social media apps that specialize in networking, job searching and more to help you better adapt to your new reality.
The LinkedIn Mobile App is probably one of the better known social networking apps available to users on their smartphones. Available across all phone platforms and operating systems, this free app keeps you connected with important colleagues and industry experts.
It currently boasts more than 160 million users worldwide and is almost like the mature older brother for Facebook. As you make your way through the business world, LinkedIn can prove an invaluable asset as it puts you in direct contact with your professional peers. The app is very user-friendly and allows you to access you inbox, see updates and view your profile. So no matter where you are you can better manage your growing network.
For eager job seekers, Indeed has developed a mobile app that allows you to job search anytime, anywhere with your smartphone. It also gives you the ability to share and save job posts you see to revisit later.
For the most part it’s a pretty straightforward app that is free and available on all smartphone operating systems. So, as you adjust to your new life after college, this app might be work some of your time.
For the young professional who already has a job, you might check out the Yammer mobile application. Started in 2008, Yammer allows people within an organization to interact with each other—sort of like a personal Facebook for your respective company or group.
The app allows you to access feeds, private messages and much more, so you never miss a beat of what’s going on with your coworkers. This is especially good for the young professional who travels a lot. It is free and compatible with everything from iPhones to Blackberries, Androids and everything in between. The developers are great about providing regular updates to keep the app up-to-date and running seamlessly.
Apps are the New Frontier
With roughly 78 million people using apps like Facebook in America alone, there’s no denying the growing trend of mobile use. Social media access from traditional gadgets like desktops and laptops is becoming more and more archaic as consumers opt for quicker, instant access—a la the smartphone.
To remain relevant and competitive, stay abreast of mobile application updates and offerings—you might be surprised what you find.
What social media apps do you find yourself using on a constant bases?