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?
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 device to search for jobs from their bed.
Mobile is changing the way Millennials 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 andcover letter are compatible for the mobile web. Make sure your resume is uploaded as a PDF to your professional website or portfolio. You should also upload your resume to LinkedIn so you can easily apply for jobs with your LinkedIn account.
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 asGlassdoor, Jobr, Poacht, Poachable make it easier for job seekers to apply for 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 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 the majority of job search apps 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.