7 Free Apps to Make Your Life Easier: Commute, Inspiration, Social Life, News and Job Search

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If you’re constantly on the go, the right apps can make your life much easier. Below are some of the most innovative free apps I’ve uncovered so far for managing your daily commute, tough moments, social life, news and job search.

Keep an eye out for my next post on March 27 for app suggestions for productivity, travel and notes!

Do you use any apps that have changed your life? Share your favorites in the comments!

Commute:

Waze is a navigation app that includes real-time information about your route submitted by other users. Waze will alert you of slow traffic, accidents, police and gas prices along your route. If a Waze user makes it through a road that is marked as blocked, the app automatically updates the route to show the issue has been cleared.

Availability:  iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android, Windows Mobile, Symbian, Blackberry (Beta)

Inspiration:

Unstuck is a useful apps for those times when you need to take action, but aren’t sure what to do next – a “stuck” moment. Through the app, you can analyze your emotions, determine who is involved in the issue, identify which “stuck” personality you are acting like and create a plan to move forward. I was suspicious at first of the “new-age” mentality of the app; but pleasantly surprised by how useful it was!

Availability: iPad

Social:

HootSuite, a long time favorite of marketers, allows you to post and manage your Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare and LinkedIn accounts from a central location. You can even see basic stats about clicks and ratings of your posts.

Availability: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Android, Blackberry

GroupMe allows you to set up groups to share messages, locations and photos. You can like messages instead of responding, mute notifications when needed, or opt for direct messaging to have a one-on-one conversation. GroupMe allows people who don’t have the app to join the conversation through text messaging.

Availability: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Android, Windows Phone, SMS

News:

Feedly allows you to organize your favorite websites and YouTube channels into a personalized newspaper, organized by default or custom categories. As the websites are updated with new content, the app pulls the articles in. Without leaving the app, you can share articles via e-mail or social networks such as LinkedIn, Google+, Facebook, Twitter.

Availability: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle, Android

Pocket (Formerly Read It Later) comes in handy when you find a great article but don’t have time to read it. To save the article to your Pocket, you can e-mail it to your custom pocket e-mail address; or upload it directly from your browser or 300+ supported apps.

Availability: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire, Android, Browser

Job Search:

The Adecco App is the staffing industry’s premier tool to search for jobs across North America, apply for exciting openings or locate an Adecco office near you. Apply for jobs using your existing profile, or send jobs to your e-mail address to create a profile later. We also deliver the latest career news, advice and insight straight to your mobile device, no matter where you are.

Availability: iPhone, iPad, Android

Note: The apps included in this post represent my own particular preferences and opinions. I am not compensated in any way by app developers, app stores or device providers for promoting these apps. While I am employed by Adecco, I received no additional compensation for promoting the app.

Jenni Chelenyak About Jenni Chelenyak

Jenni currently works with Adecco’s global Information Management team as a Business SME on the Candidate Management Programme - Social Media. She’s been with Adecco’s Professional Staffing division since 2010 and held roles in on-boarding and compliance, client account management and technical recruiting. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends, yoga and working with an animal rescue group.

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