Here are some quick stats to get you thinking about one way you should approach your job search.
- 1 in 5 of all job searches are now made via mobile (Google)
- 30% of company traffic is now coming from a mobile device (WRC)
- 63% of passive candidates used mobile to search for their next role (Educate)
- 90% of smart phone users use mobile to read emails and search the web (ALP)
- 61% of users will go to a competitor site if you do not have a mobile site (Forbes)
In my life there have been two distinct job-search worlds; one when I graduated from college, the other just recently.
Here’s what my job-search world looked like when I graduated from college:
I graduated in May of 1995. The next month I got married. At that point, we certainly had no money and only an idea of what we wanted our future to look like. Obviously, the first priority was finding me a job. It seemed only fair. At that point, my wife had two. Actually, I was working a retail position. But it was time to find that ever elusive “career” track.
Back then I read the want-ads in the Sunday paper and circled the best possibilities. Because we did not have a home computer or printer I would find some time during the week to go over to my father-in-law’s office and use his. I would update my resume and write a cover letter, print it out and put it in the mail. So after reading an ad on Sunday I would be lucky to have my resume/cover letter in the mail by Wednesday or Thursday. Talk about lag time. Obviously, it was not the quickest or most efficient system. But I had to use the resources available to me the best way I knew how.
Contrast that to what my job-search world looked like when I was searching for a new position just a few months ago:
This time, no want ads. It would have been difficult to do that since I haven’t had a subscription to the paper in several years anyway.
I did lean on all the other avenues available to me, however. The most valuable was my network. I have spent the intervening 15+ plus years since my post-college job search building it and I knew it would be a powerful tool.
I also created several job-search agents on various job boards that met specific criteria I entered. The various systems would then email me the daily results. By the time I woke up every morning, I would have anywhere from a handful to several dozen opportunities waiting for me in my inbox. Even before my feet hit the floor in the morning, I could respond to any particular opportunity I chose by submitting my resume which was stored on my smart phone. I use the Galaxy S II and am a huge fan.
I had several versions of my resume to reflect various aspects of my career. I could choose which one to send based on the details of the opportunity. If a particular opportunity required me to make additional changes to my resume I would get on my laptop, make the changes and store the new version on my phone as well.
If a lead came through that looked really exciting I would get on Linked In and see if anyone in my network worked at that particular company. I would then reach out to them and ask for their help in networking with the right people at the target company.
The best example I can think of to illustrate how things have changed in my two job-search worlds is this story:
I was meeting a member of my network for lunch. I got there early and as I was a waiting, another member of my network who happened to be located in Pennsylvania had forwarded me a really good job lead. I looked through the details, composed an email/cover letter and sent it off with the appropriate version of my resume. By the time my lunch was over I had already received a response from the recruiter.
It’s fascinating to me how things have changed. Years ago, looking through the paper it took days to respond. Today, anyone can receive and respond to opportunities in real-time all thanks to advances in technology, their network and their smart phone. Did I mention I love my Galaxy S II?
If you don’t use your mobile device for your job search, you are missing out on a lot of opportunities. The ability to respond to opportunities in a timely manner is essential. Don’t miss out.