If you are currently job hunting, you may have noticed that the application process has changed dramatically in the last decade. Many companies have switched from paper/mail-in applications to having all applications and résumés submitted digitally. Many have even started taking these entries via third party job listing sites. Do you have a grasp of how all this works? Here is a quick guide of the mobile and job site application process. 

Our society and, even more broadly, our world, has been shaped by the use of smartphones. We research, shop, and socialize on our phones. So it makes sense that our job searches would happen on our phones and devices as well. The process actually streamlines the application process for employers and allows for job seekers to apply anywhere and at any time.

Set Up Your Phone 

One of the first things you will want to do in order to get in on the digital application and job search process is to download legitimate apps to your phone or device. This will keep you informed of job openings in your field and region. 

There are actually hundreds of apps out there but some of the more well known include: Indeed, Glassdoor, ZipRecruiter, CareerBuilder, SnagAJob, and, of course, the granddaddy of them all, LinkedIn

Most of these are free apps that are fairly intuitive to use, but some do offer premium levels that will cost you a little bit each month. Many job hunters choose one or more to keep them up-to-date on the job postings that they may be qualified for or interested in. 

These job sites will allow you to search for open positions, keep track of your contacts, and even submit your résumé digitally. In order to do this you may need to use your other devices to add your résumé and cover letters so they have them on each app already. That way when a job posting shows up that you are interested in you can send your application in while on-the-go. 

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Arrange For Notifications

One of the best aspects of these job search apps is that you can plug in keywords relating to your search and arrange for an alert each time a job is posted with your parameters. This will allow for your résumé to be one of the first, rather than one of the last received. 

In order to respond as quickly as possible you will want all of your important documents saved on your phone, including your résumé, identification, cover letter, and potentially references. Don’t forget to set up a professional digital signature as well. 

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Follow Through 

If you do hear from a company and they have requested an interview, you should follow up after. Send a thank you note and reply to the job search app when they ask for feedback. If the business communicated through the app you may want to review it as a “responsive” employer and one that works well with online and mobile applications. 

Do you need help navigating the mobile application process? The North Shore Career Center   and MassHire North Shore offer many workshops where job seekers can brush up on their skills, practice interview techniques, and gain valuable insights on industry trends. Check out our calendar and consider coming in to speak with our team to find out some great strategies to land you the job you desire.