Tips for Avoiding Mobile Job Search Mistakes

By Laura DeCarlo

Your resume is the final endgame in your mobile job search. As with anything in life, you’re likely to make mistakes. But, you don’t need to make these. Here are three you can easily sidestep in your mobile job search.

Thinking technology overcomes poor resume quality

No matter how impressive the technology that puts it into a hiring manager’s hands, your resume speaks loudly about who you are and what you offer. Expecting anything other than that document to do your talking is a mistake. This caveat applies to all age groups, but has special relevance for seasoned job searchers.

Older workers know they can illustrate they work on today-time, not yesterday-time, by job hunting with the latest technology and techniques. But eye-popping technology won’t cover weak resumes that fail to address a job’s requirements, lack accomplishments, and are missing other persuasive qualities revealed in these pages.

Fail to create a first-rate, customized resume before you master technology, and you’ll have wasted your time on a mobile job search.

Going on too long when going mobile

Because the screens of smartphones are between 3 and 5 inches, consider sending in plain text a resume note (synopsis or summary with fewer than 500 characters) that links to your full-design resume stored on a web hosting site.

The screens of tablets and readers can handle total resumes, but hold the size to one or two pages. Consider using a 12-point font and sending the document as a PDF. Size counts. If the resume reader doesn’t have 20-year-old eyes and literally can’t read your resume, you’re out of luck.

Looking naïve in following up

Because the process of sending resumes through mobile platforms isn’t always perfect, if you don’t hear a peep back after sending yours, you may wonder whether your resume was lost in the weeds of the mobile web. Should you call the recipient company to ask? Not immediately. Most resume-intake specialists view such calls as flat-out nuisances.

There’s a better way to deal with the question of whether your mobile resume arrived at its destination: When you don’t receive even a computer-generated acknowledgment within a few days, resend your resume on a desktop or laptop computer to the employer’s email address.

Still no response? Okay, call. But make yourself appear more knowledgeable by asking: “Has my resume arrived and has it been routed? To whom? Is there any other information you’d like me to provide?”