It’s 10 p.m. and you’re in bed scrolling through your Twitter feed. Instead of blankly reading through updates, why not search for jobs from your mobile device?
Turns out, mobile job search is on the rise - In fact, 45% of job seekers report using their mobile device to search for jobs at least once a day, according to a Glassdoor survey.
Mobile is changing the way people search and apply for jobs. If you’re wondering how you can use your smartphone or tablet to aid your job search, here are five tips you should follow:
1. 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 to a folder or service in which you can easily grab it, like Dropbox, iCloud Drive or Google Drive among others, to submit and upload as you find jobs you're interested in and want to apply to instantly.
2. 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 make it easier for job seekers to research jobs, salaries and companies, then apply to jobs from any location.
3. 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 or push notifications 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.
4. Update your LinkedIn profile.
Since many job search apps can 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.
5. 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.
Over the upcoming years, we can expect mobile to influence the way job seekers connect with employers. By following these mobile job search tips, you’ll improve your job search and find more opportunities for your career.
Do you use your mobile device to aid your job search?