Almost everyone these days uses their smartphones for work. Recruiters are too, which means you need to have your resume optimized for mobile.
While it may not be a requirement for most jobs today, anything that makes it’s easier for the hiring manager to read your resume is going to will give you a leg up.
“A lot of people tend to use their phone to review new applicants,” says Jesse Siegal, senior managing director – temporary staffing at The Execu|Search Group. “Getting your resume mobile friendly is only going to help and give you little more of a competitive edge in a pretty tight market.”
Getting your resume mobile ready doesn’t mean a complete redo, but it does mean you want to make sure the layout and content keeps mobile readers engaged. From choosing the right font to making it easy to read, here’s how to optimize your resume for mobile:
1. Keep it simple
Unless you work in a creative field where your resume is an extension of your portfolio, the best way to ensure your resume can be read regardless of the device is to keep it simple. “Avoid anything that is overly complicated like columns,” says Pamela Skillings, co-founder of job coaching firm Skillful Communications. “No colors and no crazy formatting. It might get garbled.”
Since most people will be looking at their mobile screen vertically and scrolling down, you also want to make sure it fits in the pane of the phone or mobile device, says Siegal. The font should also be something basic like Arial, he says, noting you can differentiate sections of the resume with a smaller font instead of bolding items. “You want to make it a little more compact and laid out and a little easier on the eye,” says Siegal.
2. Be concise and to the point
Recruiters and hiring managers are often operating under a tight deadline and don’t have time to read a resume that drones on and on. On a smartphone, people typically have even less patience, which is why brevity is your best friend. “Minimize scrolling and cater to short attention spans by ensuring that you get your point across with the least amount of words possible,” says Jesse Wright, vice president of recruiting and delivery at Adecco Engineering and Technology. “Ideally, your resume should be able to be captured in a single screen shot.”
Experts says to include all of the information about your career, accomplishments and achievements that pertain to the job opportunity up top and leave the less important things at the bottom. When someone opens a resume on a mobile phone, what they see first is the “make or break it” for the job candidate, says Skillings. You want to make sure you are optimizing that piece of real estate by having the most relevant and interesting information right at the top, she says. “The biggest thing is making sure you are grabbing them with what is immediately visible,” says Skillings.
3. Take advantage of hyperlinks
Standing out is pointless if you make it hard for the recruiter or hiring manager to contact you. An easy way to prevent that from happening is to add hyperlinks to your phone number and email. Ideally you want the recruiter to be able to contact you directly from your resume, says Wright. If you use social media as part of your job search, then Wright says to provide hyperlinks to those as well.
4. Test your mobile resume before sending it out
Anything can go wrong with technology, and the last thing you want to happen is a problem with your resume. That’s why it’s extremely important to test your resume on as many mobile devices as you can including an iPhone, iPad, and Android phones. Another option is to save your resume in the PDF format, which provides easy mobile viewing. “You don’t want to make assumptions,” adds Skilling. “Testing it is important.”