More and more people are using their phone for research, communication, and even to find jobs, so it’s no wonder job seekers need easy, on the go ways to search for a job.
According to surveys conducted by by Pew Research Center in association with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, nearly 2 in 3 Americans own smartphones, making the devices a key resource into the online world.
A big recruiting trend this year is having a mobile friendly application or platform as job seekers flock to their phones. Newer apps are emerging all the time as previous ones are updated to continue with the trends. These trends are targeting two key audiences: the young, emerging generations and ones who are low-wage earners.
Job boards allow you to create accounts, search for positions, filter jobs, and manage areas of interest all right from your phone. Some even have the ability for you to apply directly from the app. You can also create alerts to be notified about jobs that would be a good fit.
Determine what screen size will be best for certain areas of the job search: Even with the easy access and mobile friendly views that apps create, sometimes it’s just better to do things on a desktop computer. Resume writing and formatting are an example. Once you achieve the results you want, store a copy of your resume on your phone.
Do your research on mobile sites and apps: If you have downtime, use your phone to research new positions, learn about potential employers, and catch up on the latest industry news. This will help you while job hunting as you can gain valuable insight or get ahead of other candidates by seeing a position first.
Use Utility Apps for productivity: There are a lot of apps that can help with productivity, so take advantage of them to track things, make notes, or jot down names of people you might need to reference.
Remember, Apps can have limitations: If there comes a time when you’re trying to apply for a position or you want to connect with someone and you realize there are limitations on the app, keep track of the jobs or who you want to connect with on a utility app. When you have time on a desktop computer, finish the task.
Beware of smartphone limitations: Autocorrect is one of those things that can be a love hate relationship. Make sure your writing is clear and concise, not sloppy or have incorrect grammar.
Job seekers are busy people, many are currently employed while looking for something better or a position to advance their career so job hunting on the go is the norm for a lot of them. These tips can help you become more productive with your job search and hopefully land something in a shorter amount of time!