The 21st century has been shaped by many things, but the most influential has been the rise of smartphones. They have revolutionized nearly all aspects of daily life. From how we connect with each other to how we shop to how we drive to how we get from one place to another. With that in mind, it’s surprising that it’s taken so long for the job search to go mobile. But the time is finally here! Read on to learn how to make the most of your mobile job search.
Set up a signature on your phone
Let’s be real: “Sent from my iPhone” is not a solid sign-off for a professional email. Fortunately, there’s an easy fix! Simply head into your settings, find your mail client, and create an email signature.
It can be super basic:
First Name Last Name”
It doesn’t have to be fancy to be effective and professional!
Use trusted job search apps
If you’re looking to start your career, Craigslist shouldn’t be your first stop for job openings. Instead, download a free app from a reliable company – like Indeed or JobFlare – that allows you to apply to jobs in-app.
Embrace mobile networking
Not only should you apply to jobs on the go, but you should take your networking skills mobile too! Consider apps like LinkedIn Mobile, Shapr, or Bumble Bizz to help connect to others in your industry of interest – from anywhere.
Set reminders on your phone to keep you on track
Calendars, alarms, the whole 9 yards! You’ve probably already got your daily routines saved in your phone’s calendar. Time to extend that courtesy to your mobile job search efforts. When you score a phone interview, set a reminder 20 minutes before the call so you have time to collect your thoughts and find a quiet place (with good cell reception!) to talk. Once you land the in-person interview, add it to your calendar so you don’t forget all the details. By adding job search events to your phone, you’ll stay on top of everything.
Follow through on your follow up
We’ve mentioned before how important it is to send a thank you note. But it is the 21st century after all – so there’s no need for snail mail. You can fire off a thank you email at any time, but it’s best to do it within 24 hours of your interview.
Save your resume on your phone
You’ll need to have your resume handy when you’re looking for a job. Whether you need it for mobile apply or sending it to a new connection, it’s important to be able to access it easily. Simply can email your resume to yourself as an attachment. It’s easy to download from your email client and save it as a pdf in a reading app, like iBooks. This way, you can quickly find it whenever the need arises during your mobile job search.
Host your resume for easy access
The tricky thing about having your resume on your phone is that it’s a pain to edit it. But here’s an easy work around: Add your resume and cover letter to an easily accessible site like Dropbox, Google Drive, or iCloud. You can make any changes or updates as you need them from a computer and update your mobile-ready resume simultaneously.
When all else fails, email the job to yourself
It’s possible that the job openings you’re interested aren’t optimized for the mobile job search. If you’re really interested in the opportunity, there’s nothing wrong with playing it safe and emailing yourself a link to the job opening so you can check it out later. Especially if there are a lot of fields on the application, navigating it on your phone can be hard. Just forward the link to your email and apply from the comfort of your laptop whenever you’re ready.