Our mobile phones have the potential to make everything in our lives easier. You’ve probably used one to help you get directions to a new restaurant, track your calories to stay on track with a diet, or downloaded paperless tickets for a movie, but have you used your phone to help you in your job search? Here are some ways it can help you:
1. Download mobile job search apps.
There’s an app for nearly everything, so it’s no surprise that there are several for job searching. Some of the most popular job search websites have a mobile version: LinkedIn, CareerBuilder, Indeed, and Monster, for example.
2. Bookmark mobile-friendly websites.
Mobile web is growing fast, and not all companies are keeping up. If you browse the Internet on your phone regularly, you’re familiar with the frustration that can be caused by a website that’s difficult to navigate on a small screen or a message like, “This content requires a plug-in.” (You can begin your mobile bookmark collection with the Contemporary Staffing job search!)
3. Think of your phone as an extension of your computer.
If you’re like most people, your cell phone is the realm of casual language and abbreviations. Don’t let this habit carry over into business correspondence! Make sure that you use correct grammar, full sentences, and the same professional tone that you use when you’re sending e-mails to potential employers on your laptop.
4. Your phone number is a tool, too.
If you’re employed and searching for a better job, you have to be careful when giving out contact information. You can’t use the phone number or e-mail for your current position, because you don’t want your boss to know you’re on the hunt for other opportunities. Giving your cell phone number allows you to be available during business hours while protecting the job you already have.
5. Search in your spare time.
Having a cell phone gives us easy access to distractions when we have a few spare minutes. The next time you’re in line at the bank or sitting in a doctor’s waiting room, instead of refreshing Twitter or starting a hand of Solitaire, launch a job search app. You may think you’re devoting most of your time to your job hunt, but you’d be surprised at how much more you can get done by avoiding mobile distractions and searching for a new career instead.