Its 10pm, you’re comfortable stretched across the bed and Twitter has your full attention. Why not search for jobs on your mobile device instead? According to the Jobvite 2015 Job Seeker Nation report, that’s what almost half of the Millennials (47%) are using their devices for, from bed.
Your phone can be a very useful tool for job hunting, Snagajob saw its users increase their mobile job searching by 95% over the past year. Almost one-third of CareerBuilder site traffic each month, now comes from mobile devices. However, this traffic doesn’t all translate into job applications. According to Snagajob, the number of job seekers applying for jobs via mobile device, dropped by about 4% over the last year.
CareerBuilder reports that when a mobile candidate encounters a non-mobile friendly application process, 40% end the apply process. That’s because an application process can be lengthy with multiple pages and isn’t designed for mobile. So you can find the job while mobile and do the application from your home computer.
Here are 10 tips for Using Your Phone to Job Search:
- Install apps. –There’s a lot of job-search-apps available for smartphones, you can download apps that search for jobs by keyword and location, email job listings, keep track of contacts, and even create a resume. You need one that will save jobs and can email the job listings, so you can access them from your home computer.
- Use a job site. –Sites like CareerBuilder or Monster, there you can apply with your existing application materials that you have uploaded for your home computer.
- Check for new job vacancies. –It only takes a few minutes to use your apps to check, so you can get the latest listings as soon as they are posted.
- Send yourself job listings. –it’s easy to email listings to yourself, either by using an app or by features built into your phone and open the email on your computer, once home.
- Get notifications and alerts. –This depends on the job site you’re using, but most have this option available to account users.
- Submit email applications. –If you email yourself a copy of your resume and save it in the In-box on your phone, you’ll be able to forward it to employers who request applications via email. Write your cover letter in the body of the email message.
- Set up a signature on your phone. –If you set up a professional signature on your phone you will be able to communicate readily with employers and networking contacts.
- Be careful when applying from mobile. –In most cases it can be easier to apply for jobs from a computer because of the information you’ll need to enter. Don’t waste time when it’s easier to wait until you get to your home computer.
- Use your phone for networking. –With LinkedIn’s mobile app, you can stay up to date with your network, update your profile, view and save recommended jobs.
- Send a thank you note. –It’s always a good idea to send a thank you note after a job interview, and you won’t have to wait until you get back to your computer to do so.
Read Article (Alison Doyle | about.com | 2015)
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