Tips & Tools For Effectively Using Your Smartphone To Apply For Jobs

March 11, 2014  |  

We all pretty much live on our cell phones. And these days, you can use your phone for pretty much everything from ordering food, to booking a flight, and even managing your personal brand. But can you use it to apply for a job? You can if you have the right tools.

Although mobile sales are outpacing PC sales, just  26 of the Fortune 500 companies have recruitment via smartphone opportunities available. But numbers show that the practice is likely to increase. While just  20 percent of top companies have a mobile-friendly recruiting site, those who do post jobs that are optimized for mobile tend to have a faster response time.

“Applying online is now requisite in most pre-hire situations, and with over 7 billion mobile devices out there, applying via mobile should be an obvious standard,” explained Rayanne Thorn, a spokesperson for global talent management software platform, in an interview with Mashable. Job sites like Simply Hired, Career Builder, Monster and LinkedIn are all mobile-friendly.

According to comScore, mobile job searching has grown 108 percent. Yet, 40 percent of mobile job seekers abandon an application when the site or job posting is not mobile friendly. Often job board sites, mobile submissions utilize resume and applicant information already stored on the site from the profile the user created when they signed up using their computer.

“If a company accepts mobile applications, their recruitment strategy is ahead of most companies, including most Fortune 500 companies. Companies that ‘get’ recruiting respond to top talent the same day a candidate applies, reply to all rejected candidates with an invitation to connect on LinkedIn or Twitter and close all interested talent within two weeks.” explained David Smooke, director of content and social media for SmartRecruiters, a collaborative and social hiring platform, in an interview with Mashable.

Here are some tips to make applying for a job using your smartphone easier.

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