Apps Are Taking Off in the Job Search

There's no question that mobile technology has changed the way people communicate for the better, and this is certainly true for job seekers and employers.

These days, mobile apps allow candidates to do everything from upload resumes to apply for jobs from a smartphone or tablet, but it also allows employers to view applications and update vacancies on the go.

This means that career seekers can get hired faster while giving employers the opportunity to receive resumes faster than ever.

Few Concerns

As an employer, if you choose to use an app to post listings, be prepared.

Even though the economy seems to be slowly improving, many people are still out of work, so each posting may receive dozens of applications.

In fact, some postings receive hundreds or even thousands of resumes. This means that you need to have the manpower available to review these applications as well as a clear strategy for picking the best applicants.

For job seekers, you need to ensure that your resume is formatted properly.

Although mobile technology has advanced over the past few years, there are still issues with formatting when it comes to different file types.

Job Seekers Need to Remember Professionalism

As pointed out in the article, "Why Job Search Apps are Becoming More Like Dating Apps," job searching using mobile technology is becoming a lot like dating using mobile technology. This, unfortunately, can lead some job seekers to put aside professionalism.

In addition, employers need to also keep professionalism in mind when posting open positions and when responding to applicants.

Just because the communication is easier and faster does not mean that you need to treat people like disposable objects.

Be Prepared at All Times

Another important thing to remember about using mobile technology to seek a job or candidate is that you need to always be prepared to talk.

You may submit an application and receive a call back within minutes, so be cautious of when and where you use career apps. If you're out with friends and you come across a job opportunity, don't be surprised to hear back from the employer while you're still out.

Having a bunch of noise in the background or not having your resume in front of you can lead to a negative first impression.

Instead, only apply to jobs when you're available to talk on short notice and when you have your resume in front of you.

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About the Author: Andrew Rusnak is an author who writes on topics that include mobile technology and career counseling.

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Comment by Katrina Kibben on October 29, 2015 at 9:51am

You make a great point about being ready to talk 24/7!

On the other hand, I think the employer forgets that too when they delay responding. The best moment to respond is immediately when it comes to mobile. 

Thanks for the post! Keep the great stuff coming!

Comment by Andrew Rusnak on October 31, 2015 at 5:33am

Thanks for the comment!

I agree 100%! Mobile technology is "now technology", and employers that fail to realize this end up losing out on great employees when they refuse to respond quickly. This is especially true when we're talking about millennials and younger as these people have grown up with and have become accustomed to the immediacy of mobile.

To all employers out there...you've been put on notice: if you expect a quick response, be prepared to provide a quick reply. 

Comment by Andrew Rusnak on October 31, 2015 at 5:33am

Thanks for the comment!

I agree 100%! Mobile technology is "now technology", and employers that fail to realize this end up losing out on great employees when they refuse to respond quickly. This is especially true when we're talking about millennials and younger as these people have grown up with and have become accustomed to the immediacy of mobile.

To all employers out there...you've been put on notice: if you expect a quick response, be prepared to provide a quick reply. 

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