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CNET News Video: Mobile apps are helping land jobs

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CNET News Video: Mobile apps are helping land jobs

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Sometimes landing a job is matter is timing -- finding out about the opening as soon as it's posted and applying quickly. Long gone are the days of flipping open the newspaper to the classified section to find a job. These days, job seekers are powering up their mobile devices and perusing a handful of new apps to get hired. CNET's Kara Tsuboi reports on this growing trend.

-Colin Kennedy was working as a freelance audio and video technician when he decided to look for a full time job. His job seeking tool of choice, his cellphone. -That's what's great about the mobile app is you can do it anywhere. So you have no excuse not to be looking. You know, if you're walking the dog, you know, you can be job hunting at the same time. -Kennedy tried a handful of new apps that aggregate listings and let you search based on keywords and zip code, but found success with one called Indeed. -I got a number of interviews from it as well, both phone and in person at a variety of places. I was hired within 4 days. -At glass store, we just did a study and we actually found that 68 percent of job seekers are now using their mobile devices at least once a week or more. Perhaps more interesting, 85 percent say they believe that mobile devices are gonna be the number one job search device, the best way to find a job in the next 5 years. -It's statistics like those that fuel CEO Pablo Fuentes and the team behind Proven, another mobile app for job seekers. -People are most of the time not more than 10 feet from their mobile device. So that enables them to react immediately to the opportunities that may show up and to have all their documents that really mattered to them for their job applications or résumés and cover letters, locked and loaded and ready to go. -And in today's competitive job market, timeliness can be the key factor to landing that position. In San Francisco, I'm Kara Tsuboi CNET.com for CBS News.

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