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The FAQs of the Mobile Job Search

Many people have similar questions when it comes to moving the job search to mobile devices. Here's your chance to grab six fast answers to how to connect with a new job when you're on the move:

  • Which smartphones and tablets are most used in mobile search?

    Android (Google), iPhone (Apple), BlackBerry (RIM), and Windows (Microsoft) currently are the four leading smartphones and tablet computers job seekers use to search job boards, apply for jobs, obtain job interviews, video interview from their mobile device, and more.

  • Where can you find jobs via mobile devices?

    The three basic sources for mobile discovery of jobs are job boards, job search apps, and web-enabled company job pages.

  • Can I apply for all jobs from my mobile device?

    No. Chris Forman, online job search guru and CEO of Startwire.com, says some kinks remain to be worked out in mobile search:

    "As of mid-2013, about one to two jobs in five were mobile enabled (optimized for a mobile experience, or offer a simple enough application process that they can be completed effectively on a small digital device)."

  • How easy is it to apply for a job and send your resume?

    Forman also cautions that ease of submission and resume access vary:

    "A key benefit of mobile job search is the ability to submit your resume along with a job application. Check to see whether your smartphone's operating system allows you to save a resume on your phone. If so, is it easy to work with — or a pain to use?"

  • Can you send customized resumes and cover letters on a mobile device?

    Yes and no. If your device can handle resumes and cover letters, prepare in advance. Write and store a number of versions of key job search messages either in free job search apps or in free file-sharing services, such as Dropbox and Google Drive.

    Matching your qualifications to a job ad's requirements is critical. When responding to a job ad, choose the version of your document that most closely meets the requirements of the specific job you seek, and then tailor it as much as possible. The key to being hired, whether or not there is an opening, is customizing your approach.

    Don't expect to do serious, large-scale editing from your mobile device, especially one without a mouse-type pointer function. Editing is painstaking work and a tar pit for errors, especially when using miniature keyboards.

    Career strategist and coach E. Chandlee Bryan suggests a speedy way to produce mobile messages: "Simply compose sentences or important phrases on a laptop or desktop — and cut and paste them into your smartphone or tablet."

  • Is there an advantage to being in the first wave of responders to a posted job opening?

    Mobile job search gives you the timing tools to jump out ahead of your competition. When you see a job that interests you, apply as soon as possible before the hiring authority is overwhelmed with a fire hose of responses, assumes it has plenty of qualified candidates to choose from, and shutters the search.

    As job search app Proven.com CEO Pablo Fuentes says, "The early bird catches the work."

    Fuentes explains that because the job seeker can respond on the fly to a new job posting within hours or the next day, the quick response time mobile technology facilitates can spell the difference between being hired or not.

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