Mobile Job Searching in the Post-PC Era

iStock_000016854809XSmallWritten by Dave Cullen

In 2010, the late Steve Jobs declared that the growing migration from desktop computers towards mobile devices marked the beginning of a post-PC era. He compared desktop PCs and laptops to trucks on the road, consigned to a niche market for heavy duty productivity work, while most consumers would drive a car, i.e. a tablet computer or a smartphone. Now in 2013, it appears that once again, Mr Jobs has managed to demonstrate his powers of premonition. Mobile computing has now usurped desktop PCs in market share and consumers can use their phone or tablet for almost every task their old computer once performed, that includes finding a job.

As we have previously discussed in our blog, Using Social Media to Find a job, social networks are becoming a popular choice for jobseekers to discover new opportunities. Furthermore, mobile job applications are on the rise and it is therefore crucial that recruitment websites and job boards provide their users with an intuitive user experience that is optimised for the form factor of both smartphones and tablets.

Job search apps are a great way of searching and applying for new jobs on the go. Apple’s iOS store and Google Android’s Play Store contain a plethora of useful apps that can make your job search easier, allowing you to search for jobs via keyword queries, specify locations, email listings and track your applications. Although many of these apps will allow you to integrate with your LinkedIn account or build your CV from scratch, others may require you to initially setup an account through your home computer in order to upload your CV.

An additional useful function provided by a job search app is its notification facility. You can receive push notifications directly to your smartphone alerting you of newly posted vacancies that may be suited to your search criteria. However, these notifications can be intrusive and annoying if they are received too often. You can usually specify their frequency in their application settings.

Of course mobile job sites provide many of the same features as their app-based cousins albeit without a notification facility. LinkedIn’s mobile app is a great way of networking directly with recruiters and hiring managers, you can receive email updates notifying you of employers who are hiring for roles you may be interested in.

When corresponding with an employer or recruiter via email on an iPhone, it is recommended that you replace the generic ‘Sent from my iPhone’ signature with a full, professional signature. This can be configured in your iPhone’s email application settings. The new signature should include your full name, email address, telephone number and LinkedIn address. You might also include a link to any other website that you may be using to showcase your skills and knowledge, for example if you are a software engineer and you write your own personal IT blog, this is a great way of strengthening your candidacy.

Finally, as we have mentioned in our blog: “The Power of Thank You: How to Impress after a job interview”, sending a quick note of appreciation to a hiring manager following an interview leaves a great lasting impression. Nowadays the interconnected age has meant that there is no excuse for not emailing the employer to show your gratitude.

For more career advice, check out our previous articles: The 5 Key Ingredients of a great job and 5 job Search Tips for Recent Graduates.

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