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Be Ready to Accept Job Applications from Mobile Devices

August 12th, 2015

The differences separating computers from phones, tablets, and other types of mobile devices are murkier than ever these days. And many contemporary job seekers prefer using their mobile device to submit job applications. It’s worth your time and effort to make this possible, because you would hate to turn away a talented candidate simply because of the device they used to connect with your company. Use these tips to ensure you’re ready:

Standardize the Experience Between Desktop and Mobile Sites

Make sure your mobile site mimics your desktop site as closely as possible. That makes things easier for you from a design perspective, and helps eliminate a lot of common misunderstandings. Go a step further and make sure your mobile site is optimized for usability with easy navigation tools, clear menus, and a simple interface for submitting applications.

Streamline the Application Process

Users are becoming increasingly comfortable with using mobile devices as their primary portal to the Internet. That being said, the mobile Web is fundamentally different. Job seekers may be willing to work though a long and complex application process when they are sitting in front of a computer screen, but they will have a lot less patience when staring at a phone. Examine your application process carefully and eliminate any steps that are unnecessary, redundant, confusing, or overly complex. If you do this thoughtfully, you can simplify the process without compromising its quality.

Test Your Efforts Carefully and Consistently

As you work to improve your mobile site and application portal, test your efforts carefully. Have independent users run through the process, closely observe what works and what does not, and be willing to use these insights to revise your efforts. This should not be a one-time process either. Test your portal regularly, and realize that the mobile Web changes so frequently and so quickly that you will need to make updates regularly.

Is it really worth it to put so much emphasis on receiving job applications from mobile sites? Just consider the fact that 71 percent of job seekers aged 18-34 want to use a mobile device to apply for a job. And they already are. Mobile job searches were up 33 percent in 2013 and 50 percent in 2015. Go where the job seekers are, make it easy for them to reach out to you, and you can easily develop broader and deeper candidate pools that improve your recruiting efforts significantly. Learn more about connecting with the talent you need for Connecticut jobs by contacting The Concorde Group.

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Free Mobile Job Apps That Will Make Your Job Search Easier

March 30th, 2012

Today’s job search experience is unlike any other in history. Despite the fact that there is strong competition for each and every job that’s available these days, there are technological edges you can employ that will help you get your resume seen by the right people for jobs that are ideally suited for your interests, talent, and experience. In fact, these free mobile apps can give you a huge edge over other job seekers competing for the same positions.

Here is a run-down of the top mobile apps that can help you find a job sooner.

Resume Bear

This free mobile app enables you to instantly upload and track your resume from your mobile device. More importantly, you can set it up so that you receive either an email or text message alert once your resume has been seen. The tracking abilities of this particular app make it a very attractive app for job seekers because you know who has seen your resume and how long it’s been in order to perform the proper follow-up process.

Evernote

The job search process can leave you feeling more than a little dazed and frazzled. Sometimes it’s hard to keep track of all of your job search efforts. That’s why it’s important to utilize and app like Evernote that allows you to keep track of what you see, do, and experience wherever you happen to be. You can use this app from your home computer or any of your mobile devices so that you always have access to the important information and details of your job search activities. You can even arrange them by specific tags or keywords for faster access while searching on the go.

Simply Hired

This is a massive job search engine that allows users to search job boards, company sites, and various Internet sites for available jobs. It’s possible to search according to categories, keywords, and/or location of jobs. You can also search according to whether jobs are full or part-time, seasonal, or entry-level/internship positions. The mobile apps allow you to take the job search with you so that you’re not trapped to a computer at home.

SnapDat Digital Business Cards

This free app allows users to create and send digital “business cards” from their mobile devices. Most people only think of business cards after they have a job but during the job search these can be invaluable tools for networking and making important business connections that can turn into jobs or job recommendations in the future.

The world is changing as technology evolves and advances. Anyone who has been out of the job market for any length of time would do well to take notice of the latest technological tools, such as these mobile apps, that can assist in the search.

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