Tips for Using Your Smartphone to Search and Apply for Jobs

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Your phone is a useful tool for job searching, and almost every job seeker is using a mobile device in some way for job hunting. In 2015, Indeed reported that 50% of site traffic comes from mobile devices. In 2016, Snagajob reported that 72 percent of hourly employee respondents use a mobile phone to find and apply for jobs.

When to Use a Smartphone for Job Hunting

Even though most people use their phone for some component of job hunting, mobile job searching doesn't always translate into mobile job applications. That's because the application process can be lengthy on a site that isn't designed for mobile job applications.

There can be pages of information you'll have to enter to apply. If you use a job board or job search engine, they may have a process in place where you can seamlessly apply. Otherwise, it can be simpler to keep track of the job and apply from your home computer.

Even if you opt not to apply on your phone, and job seekers are three times more likely to apply for a job from a computer than a phone, you can still effectively use your smartphone for job hunting. There are many apps for iPhones, iPads and Android phones that make it easy to look for jobs, and there are other tools you can use to job hunt using your phone.

Here's how to tap mobile to enhance and expedite your job search.

Install Apps

There are many job search apps available for smartphones and tablets. You can download apps that search for jobs by keyword and location, email job listings, keep track of your contacts, and even create a resume. For example, you can use the Search Jobs iPhone or Android App to search for jobs, save jobs, and email job listings so you can access them from your computer.

Use a Job Site

If you have an account on a job site like Monster or CareerBuilder, for example, you can apply with your existing application materials that you have uploaded from your computer.

On CareerBuilder, you can apply to jobs via your phone using the CareerBuilder app, choose an option to only view jobs that you can apply to using your phone, and instantly apply with a resume already saved in the CareerBuilder database.

Check for New Job Vacancies

It only takes a few minutes to check for new job listings. Use your apps to check frequently, so you can get the latest listings as soon as they are posted.

Use apps for job search engines like Indeed, SimplyHired, and LinkUp, to quickly find job postings.

Send Yourself Job Listings

It's easy to email job postings to yourself, either using a function built into an app or by using the features built-in to your phone.

Open the email on your computer, and you'll have all the information you need to apply.

Bookmark Job Postings and Websites

You can bookmark job postings and websites to visit later on, copy to your home screen, or print a copy of the listing directly from your phone.

Get Notifications and Alerts

Depending on the job site you're using, you may be able to sign up for text or email notifications of new job postings.

Most major job sites send relevant job matches via email or social media instantaneously, daily, or weekly. Opt for instantaneously if you want to get your application in as soon as possible.

Submit Email Applications

If you email yourself a copy of your resume and save it in the inbox on your phone, you will be able to forward it to employers who request applications via email. Write your cover letter in the body of the email message.

Set up a Signature on Your Phone

If you set up a professional email signature on your phone, you will able to communicate readily with employers and networking contacts, and they will be able to get back in touch.

Be Careful About Applying for Jobs From Your Phone

Unless you're using a job site app, it can be easier to apply for jobs from a computer than it is from a phone because of the information you'll need to enter into online job applications.

Don't waste time trying to apply when it's easier to wait until you can get to a computer to submit an application.

How to Use Your Smartphone for Networking

With LinkedIn's mobile app, you can stay up to date with your network, update your profile, view and save recommended jobs, keep current with your groups, and learn about companies.

How to Send a Thank-You Note With Your Mobile Device

It's always a good idea to send a thank-you note after a job interview, and you won't have to wait until you do get back to your computer to do so. You can send an email thank-you letter or take advantage of the Felt app, which will send thank-you notes for you.