It’s 2015, and half of the world’s job search is filled with “millennials.” As a millennial myself, I’m aware that my generation relies heavily on technology to communicate. The one piece of technology that you can almost ALWAYS find with us, is our cellular device. This device is small, so we’re able to carry it any and everywhere.
This gives us the opportunity to look for career opportunities, any and everywhere. According to Glassdoor, “nearly half of Millennials are using a mobile device during their job search, according to the Jobvite 2015 Job Seeker Nation report. In fact, 47 percent of job seekers use their mobile devices to search for jobs from their beds.
1. Be Mobile Friendly.
As a mobile job-seeker, you first want to make sure your resume, cover letter, and whatever other documents you need are compatible with the mobile web. This means, making sure these files are saved as PDF files. If you have a smartphone, you’re ahead of the curve. Use an app like Dropbox, to store your files, this way you have access to them whenever you need them.
2. Use Your Apps.
There are tons of apps out there to help you with your job search. Sites like Glassdoor, Indeed, and Craigslist all have official apps, that are compatible with your smartphone. Other apps like Jobr, Poacht, and Poachable also make it easier for job-seekers to apply for jobs from anywhere. With apps, you’re not restricted to your desktop.
3. Create Alerts.
Most alerts are annoying. They’re most times a reminder that we need to do something. However, in terms of mobile alerts for job opportunities, they can be rewarding. One expert suggests that “whenever you use job search engines, be sure to subscribe to email updates 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. Maximize Your LinkedIn.
Do you have a LinkedIn? If you do, good. If you don’t, create one as soon as you finish reading this blog entry.
A majority of job search apps require you to sign up with your LinkedIn account. This gives you convenience, because your profile is already up-to-date, or at least it should be. 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. Become a Social Media Expert.
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.
It’s safe to say, that in the future we can expect mobile to influence the way job seekers connect with employers.
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