Mobile has become so ingrained in our everyday culture that it’s hard to imagine a time when we didn’t have immediate, on-demand access to just about anything we wanted to know. But, it really wasn’t that long ago that we used to use cell phones just for talking. If you watch movies made even 10 years ago, it becomes quickly apparent the vast changes that have occurred and the influence mobility has had on society.
One area that is picking up steam is the mobile job search, especially with younger generations. With mobile, you have immediate, always-on access to the latest opportunities and can immediately respond to recruiters’ requests. According to the Jobvite 2015 Job Seeker Nation report, nearly half of millennials are using mobile devices during their job search. Heather Huhman, Glassdoor.com, writes that “over the upcoming years, we can expect mobile to influence the way job seekers connect with employers.”
In this slideshow, Huhman has identified five mobile job search tips that will help you improve your job search and find more opportunities for your career.
Mobile Job Search Tips
Click through for five tips that can help streamline your mobile job search, as identified by Heather Huhman writing for Glassdoor.com.
Resume and Cover Letter
Create a mobile friendly resume and cover letter.
As you apply for jobs from your mobile device, it’s important to make sure your resume and cover letter are compatible for the mobile web. Make sure your resume is uploaded as a PDF to your professional website or portfolio. You should also upload your resume to LinkedIn so you can easily apply for jobs with your LinkedIn account.
Job Search Apps
Download the latest job search apps.
There are dozens of mobile apps that are changing the way job seekers apply for jobs and interact with employers. Instead of having to fill out boring job applications from a desktop, you can have fun applying for jobs through mobile apps. For example, apps such as Glassdoor, Jobr, Poacht and Poachable make it easier for job seekers to apply for jobs from any location.
Create mobile alerts.
The best way to avoid missing out on job opportunities is to create mobile alerts. Whenever you use job search engines, be sure to subscribe to email updates that can be sent directly to your phone. Also, whenever you download a mobile job search app, turn on your notifications. This will keep you up to date on job opportunities and whether employers are trying to contact you.
Update your LinkedIn profile.
Since the majority of job search apps require you to sign up with your LinkedIn account, it’s important to make sure your profile is up to date. Be sure to have a professional headshot and a LinkedIn summary that contains keywords relevant to your field. You should also have your experience and skills section filled out as much as possible to make yourself a more marketable candidate.
Use social media to your advantage.
Do you check Facebook or Twitter on your morning commute? If so, you could be using this time to devote to your job search. Scan your social media accounts and follow hashtags relevant to your field. You can also participate in Twitter chats or join industry-related LinkedIn groups. This way you can use social media to build your professional network and become a more productive job seeker.