In today’s competitive employment market, the mobile job search is changing the way people look for jobs. According to Randstad Canada, the country’s leader for staffing, recruitment and HR Services, the ability to search for jobs anytime, from anywhere, can provide job seekers with a competitive edge by staying informed, quickly reacting to new job opportunities and getting in front of prospective employers.
Lauralee Guthrie, Digital & Social Media Director, Randstad Canada says she recognizes the role that mobile recruitment strategies now play in the way employers and candidates connect with one another. “People are relying more and more on mobile devices to interact with the world around them – and that trend extends into the job search process. Mobile job search apps allow users the accessibility to keep up with the latest job openings, and the ability to pursue new opportunities on their own mobile device,” she says.
Due to it’s convenience, more and more jobseekers are turning to the simplicity and speed of mobile tools to access jobs on the fly, says Guthrie. “One of the advantages of mobile job search tools is that you can hunt for new job opportunities while you’re riding the subway or the bus, or sitting in the waiting room,” she says.
With smartphones and tablets increasing in popularity, Guthrie says she anticipates job hunting to continue its fast-paced migration towards mobile and offers jobseekers the following tips when using mobile tools in their job search:
- Social media apps. Mobile social media apps make it easier to stay connected to the job listings of many of today’s leading employers.
- Job alerts. Setting up specific alerts on job sites will help make searches more efficient. These alerts can be tailored to match your specific job criteria and weed out the positions you don’t want.
- Mobile job listings. Many companies, including our own, have launched mobile job sites where not only can you view jobs, but also apply for them straight from your mobile phone. You can also sort through the job listings when you have a free moment, then save it so you can carefully craft a cover letter and resume on your computer when you have the time.
- Organize your contacts. There are apps available that allow you to scan business cards and put the information directly into your device’s contact file. This will make it easier to store and organize all of the new contacts you make.
“Ulitizing the best apps, setting up job alerts, organizing contacts on your mobile device are all excellent ways to find jobs and network on your mobile device,” adds Guthrie. “But it’s important for job seekers not to depend solely on mobile as they search for a job. This is just one more tool to utilize in your hunt for your ideal job.”