People are lazy.
Why do you think the Internet of Things, The Cloud, 3G (and now 4G) were invented in the first place?
We all look for ways to make every single aspect of our lives just a little bit easier… including when we’re looking for a new job (it can be such a drag).
You’re probably amongst the 90% of people that currently uses their mobile to search for a job pretty much wherever you are… on the bus, on the train, on the toilet if you so wish!
But are you also within the 40% of those jobseekers who won’t actually apply via mobile, but will instead forward job ads to yourself until you can access a desktop or laptop?
Because it’s easier and safer, or maybe because you can’t access your CV?
A lot of people are unaware of just how to apply for a job via mobile because they can’t attach their CV to the application. Below, we’ve revealed six tools that help you to do just that and in turn, take your job-searching truly mobile…
If you haven’t heard of Dropbox… where on earth have you been?!
Have you had your head up in the Clouds..? (Couldn’t resist.)
With over 300 million users (as of May 2014) it’s definitely the top dog of cloud storage.
Recruiter Pro Tip.
What exactly is cloud storage?
Sites like Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive and Box UK allow you to upload files into online folders (password protected) so that, as long as you’re connected to the internet, you can access them whenever, wherever and from whichever device you’d like.
As you can imagine, this is really useful for businesses who need to share information across different offices and remote locations.
On a personal level, it’s great for storing photos, files and important documents, without worrying about using up storage on your electronic devices!
So, what does this mean for your job search?
Sign up to Dropbox (via desktop or laptop) upload your CV(s) and cover letter(s), then download the app onto your phone and you’ll be able to access and send off your CV whenever you want!
No more forwarding job emails to yourself to apply for later. (You’re bound to forget)!
Bit of a technophobe? Don’t worry – Dropbox will help you!
2. Google Drive
Of course, Google couldn’t let Dropbox have all the fun and in 2012, they launched a competing storage platform ‘Google Drive’ and now claim to host over 240 million users (as of 2014).
But Google Drive offers an added bonus; a set of killer office tools including word and spreadsheet processors and a presentation builder.
Everyone needs a USP after all. Even you.
If you have a Google account already – you already have Google Drive – check it out.
For a helping hand, pop over to their support page.
Nobody puts Microsoft in the corner!
Their cloud storage service ‘OneDrive’ (formerly named SkyDrive) now claims to have over 250 million users.
If you’re a Microsoft Office user (and/or have a Windows Phone) like so many of us, then OneDrive is for you.
It has been created to work in perfect harmony with other Microsoft products.
Here’s an example:
When you open up any of the Office apps, you’ll be shown a list of recent documents saved to OneDrive. Multiple users can edit these, any time and even at the same time.
You can see what you’re fellow editor is doing. Creepy!
Interestingly, Microsoft also partnered with Dropbox so that their files could easily be uploaded.
I admit it.
I’d never heard of Box until I started writing this blog… they’re sort of our favourite underdogs of the cloud storage race.
Box emphasise their uber-strong security, offering a range of privacy and password settings for their (clearly) corporate target market.
But heck we don’t mind!
As long as it’s easy to use (which it is) and does what it says on the tin (which it does) it’s a winner.
If you’re the type of person who’s repelled by ‘mainstream’ or seriously concerned by hackers – this is the choice for you.
Not sure which site to choose? Check out this article, comparing the 4 (and more).
5. Job Hunt Apps
I was hesitant to add a section on mobile phone apps tailored to the job hunt.
But I know you like to have all the options, so here we go.
Some of the big online job search sites will of course, allow you to create an account with them and download your CV onto their database.
You can apply to jobs with a mere click of the button (and they’ll send your saved CV).
Some examples of apps:
There are thousands of job opportunities and a wide variety of mobile phone apps.
(Imagine all of that used storage…)
You’ll miss out on opportunities and could end up sending multiple applications for the same job.
6. Apply With LinkedIn
“89% of recruiters report having hired someone through LinkedIn.” Capterra
So why haven’t you got an amazing LinkedIn profile?
OK, perhaps I’m generalising a little bit but I’m just so used to coming across ridiculous ones.
Job sites now offer a brand new feature which could make your life 10 times easier: ‘Apply With LinkedIn.’
Great news for you – one click applying! (As long as you do have a fantastic LinkedIn profile.)
Bad news for us – can you imagine how many applications we’re going to receive?
Warning: don’t apply with LinkedIn if your profile is making any of these terrible mistakes!
The six tools I’ve mentioned are all free and easily accessible.
If you’re not sure which one(s) to use, give them a trial.
You’ve got nothing to lose and a brand spanking new job to gain!
Recruiter Pro Tip.
Just a quickie.
Personalised CVs always work better than generic ones.
You have just six seconds to impress a recruiter and you’re much likely to do that if you’ve got a tailored CV to hand, rather than one filled with buzzwords and cliches.
Obviously, that can be pretty difficult, using the apps we’ve mentioned above… something to think about.
For more useful hints and tips on CV writing, click here.
Good luck job-hunting!- James Ball