Let’s face it: iPhones have become commonplace in our lives. They make our day-to-day routines efficient, productive and convenient— so why shouldn’t they help us with our job searches as well? Lucky for you, they do! Welcome to our “iPhone Apps for the Job Seeker” Series!

Your job search is a full time job, and we’ve compiled the must-have iPhone apps that every job seeker should have!  Best yet, ALL of these apps are completely FREE.  Each post this week with feature apps from a new category necessary to the job search process:

Networking
Finding Available Jobs
Job Interview Prep
Keeping Your Search Organized

 Come back each day for the next list. First up: Networking!

Free NETWORKING APPS for the job seeker
Social Media is one of the most valuable tools you can use in your job search. Learn some tips for leveraging each platform to your benefit. There is no limit to the connections you can make, and now you can connect on the go:

1. Twitter –There are at least 10 Ways Twitter Can Help You Find a Job, so be sure you’re making the most of it by tweeting from anywhere–conferences, events, job fairs & more. Don’t forget to use your hashtags!  For the latest updates from YouCanDoWhatYouLove.com, follow us on Twitter @ycdwyl.

2. beamMe–We all know how important it is to have a business card, even if you’re unemployed. With BeamMe, you can have a mobile business card ready to send any new contact you meet. Customize it with your logo, choose between different themes and take notes on (and geomap) where you met someone. Better yet, beamMe will locate possible connections in the area by matching you with people who have similar interests. The other person doesn’t need BeamMe to receive your information, either!

3. LinkedIn–Connect on a more personal level when you get all of the benefits of LinkedIn right on your phone. Connect with our Founder on LinkedIn here.

4. Facebook–Facebook is a great way to follow your favorite companies online and chime in to ongoing discussions. Be sure to keep your account clean when you use Facebook for your professional contacts, especially if you choose to combine it with your personal account.  Don’t forget to visit us on Facebook!

5. HootSuite–Manage your social media accounts all in one place with HootSuite. Stream updates from Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, FourSquare and more. Update your accounts, track statistics (with a paid account) and stream keyword appearances. You can even pre-schedule updates and shorten links in-program!

6. SnapDat– Create a business card that is unique to you by choosing between dozens of business card templates or creating your own. SnapDat allows you to use your own photos to make as many business cards as you wish for any situation in your life (designate one for work, one for personal, etc). Send your card via email or social media links.

7. VolunteerMatch–Don’t forget that networking isn’t just online. It’s important to connect face-to-face as well. Get valuable networking opportunities and wonderful additions to your resume by volunteering at a relevant organization in your industry or skill set! VolunteerMatch will help pair you with an opportunity that is nearby and match your interests and skills.

Stay tuned all week for more apps to help you in your job search!  Find relevant jobs, prepare for your interview and stay organized–all on the go & all for free!

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After getting some great feedback on our 55 Non-Desk Jobs post, we’ve decided to tackle individual jobs from the list and provide further detail on what that job and its industry entail.  Stay tuned as we continue down the list of exciting jobs that don’t require a desk!

Landscaper

Simply put, a landscaper betters the health, functionality and aesthetic of an outdoors area. This property may be owned by an individual, a company or the government.

Work Environment
The majority of Landscaping jobs take place outdoors. Being outside in the fresh air while everyone else is cooped up in their offices and cubicles? Heck yeah! As a landscaper, you may be expected to work in a backyard, park, shopping center or college campus among many other possible settings.

Be aware that, due to very hot working conditions during the summer, it is also helpful to know about the signs of heat stroke, wear protective covering (such as hat), wear sunscreen, and get regular check-ups from your doctor. Those with fair skin or a history of skin cancer should keep this in mind and act accordingly.

Education
A B.A. and experience in the area (an internship will usually suffice) is typically encouraged for these positions.
As well, Landscapers must have knowledge of government regulations, licensing and guidelines. Often permits are required for working within certain types of environments (for example, land that is currently under construction), so be sure to research your individual state and county.

Many landscapers take an environmental angle to their work—one that is popular, helpful and progressive. Being aware of ecological techniques and the process of creating a sustainable environment has generally become a standard requirement.

Various types
Landscaper: This position (or Landscape Contractor) usually maintains the look and health of a lawn. Clipping, trimming, mowing, etc.

Landscape Architect: This position, Landscape Constructor, installs the necessary pieces to an area to beautify or make it more functional. Planting, adding lighting features, laying down concrete.

Landscape Designer: This position has the greatest responsibility by creating and designing the space that is being worked on.

In short, a Designer creates the blueprint, the Architect does installation and the Landscaper does maintenance.

Salary
The average salary for a Landscaper, according to Indeed.com, is approximately $24,000, whereas the salary for a Landscape Designer or Landscape Architect can pay double that or more.

Related Job Boards
http://www.landscapejobs.com/
http://lda.ucdavis.edu/newsevents/jobboard/
http://landscapearchitectureresource.com/landscape-architecture-jobs-internships.html
http://www.landscapemanagement.net/business/recruiting/job-board
http://www.thelandlovers.org/careers.asp

Have anything to add about Landscaping jobs or the information above? Let us know! Leave a comment below or email me at feedback@ycdwyl.com with any additions, concerns, job opportunities or questions!

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It seems fitting to commemorate Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple, on a website such as this.  The man who revolutionized the way we think, create and work passed away earlier today at the age of 56.  Indisputably one of the most innovative minds of our time, he truly understood what it means to follow your dreams and live life to its fullest.  His personal philosophy is one that resonates deeply with the goal of this site—to encourage you to live life as he did, and to always remember that if you believe it, it can be true. You can do what you love.

Thanks, Steve.

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” –Steve Jobs

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 I’m proud to let you all know that YouCanDoWhatYouLove.com is featured in a new FoxBusiness.com article today! In “Seven Ways to Ruin Your Resume,” I weigh in on how job seekers can avoid common resume pitfalls and blunders. Take a look at the article, listed below:

Kayleigh Kulp.  “Seven Ways to Ruin Your Resume”.  Fox Business.  September 20, 2011. http://www.foxbusiness.com/personal-finance/2011/09/20/seven-ways-to-ruin-your-resume/.

Thanks for reading & Keep chasing that dream job!
Mary Alice Franklin
Founder, YouCanDoWhatYouLove.com

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In honor of Social Media Day (#SMDay), I’ve decided to compile all of our social media guides to create a sort of Job Seeker’s Social Media Bible—essentially bringing together all of the best resources and tips for using social media in your job search that we’ve covered in the past year or two. Behold, your job-finder life-saver, courtesy of YCDWYL.COM:

LINKED IN:
A Job Seeker’s Guide to Linked In

TWITTER:
10 Ways Twitter Can Help You Find a Job
How Twitter can help your resume and cover letter

from JOB SEARCH ANALYSIS MONTH:
How many social media sites do you use?
Social Media: personal vs. professional use

from HASHTAG WEEK:
What is a Hashtag and how can it help my job search
Twitter Hashtags for the Job Seeker
Hashtags: How to participate in Twitter chats

BLOGGING:
Blog your way up (to a job)

SELF-EMPLOYMENT:
Steps to successful Self-employment: Get a Website

FOR SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS
Book Feature: Your Social Media Roadmap

Notice something we’re missing? This is an ever-growing list, so let us know what will help you out in YOUR job search!

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