Monster designed the app to be the perfect complement to its website experience, giving you access to the Monster account you've already created online--including your resumes, your favorite job searches, your apply history, and so on. It's all completely accessible immediately via the app, from wherever you are. Plus, all your activity within the app (such as searches and job applies) is automatically kept in sync with your online account, and is immediately available via the website.
Here are some ways to get the most out of Monster's iPhone app:
Set up your Monster account and create your resumes.
If you don't have a Monster account, go ahead and set one up; then create your resume. You can save as many as five different resumes on your Monster account--and all of them are then accessible when you sign in to your Monster iPhone app. If you have any favorite job searches, go ahead and save them under Saved Searches. They, too, will be available on the Monster iPhone app.
(The iPhone's small screen would make creating a resume there difficult, so Monster recommends that you set up resumes via the website.)
Get the Monster iPhone app.
Download the Monster iPhone app or search for "monster.com" on iTunes.
Sign in to your account to access your data.
At the Sign In screen, use the email address and password for your Monster account to sign in to the app. This will allow you to access your resumes and favorite searches on the iPhone. (And if you're signed in, when you do find that cool job via the app, you can apply right away.)
After you sign in, you are taken directly to the My Profile screen, which allows you to access the app's functions.
Search for jobs.
There are two ways to search for jobs: a direct job search or a saved (favorite) search.
Tap on Job Search to start searching for jobs. Monster's latest semantic search engine--Power Search--is available on the app. Enter a job title, skills, and a location to search for jobs. You can also use the iPhone's GPS feature to search for jobs near you.
If you have favorite searches saved on your account, they will be accessible via the Saved Search option on the My Profile page. And if you perform a search on the app, you can save it as a favorite by tapping on Save on the Search Results screen.
View jobs and apply to or save them.
On the Search Results screen, you can tap each row to view employers' job postings. If you want to apply to the job and already have a resume saved on your Monster account, tap on Apply. Otherwise, tap on Save to save the job so you can apply later. (This saved job will also be available on the Monster website when you log into your account.)
Some employers require that you apply via their own websites; typically, these employer sites are not optimized for mobile devices, and the iPhone doesn't let you upload a resume to these sites. So the Monster iPhone app encourages you to save these jobs and complete the job application via the website.
Use the app to manage your job search.
The Monster iPhone app contains a few features that enable you to easily check for new jobs while on the go. When you sign in to the app the first time, the app, by default, will remember your account credentials. This allows the app to take you directly to your Profile on subsequent startups, so you can get to your jobs quickly and easily. If you don't want to be "remembered" on the app, you can change this behavior on the Settings screen, and tell the app to require your account credentials at every startup. (This setting is only on the iPhone app and does not impact your experience when you use the website.)
As the economy slowly begins its recovery, employers are beginning to create and fill new positions--and the Monster iPhone app for job searches is a great way to make sure you don't miss any of these new opportunities.