According to Statista, today’s current number of mobile phone users is 4.78 billion, which means 61.20% of the world’s population owns a mobile phone. For 2020, the number of smartphone users in Canada is estimated to reach 31.38 million. From applying to vetting and negotiating via an app, the smartphone has become a job seeker’s — and a recruiter’s — best friend.

Given recruiters’ urgency to hire and ease communication with mobile phones, job seekers must know how to use their devices to find the right job that fits their lifestyle and career goals. So, here are four ways to use your phone to land a new job:

  1. Prepare

If you are looking for a job, it is vital to be prepared and capable of applying on the move. It is recommended to keep a folder with your resume, cover letter, references and industry certifications stored in your mobile device. Having this folder is extremely important, as you need to have your documents available from your phone. Make sure to have this information on all your devices to apply whenever an opportunity becomes available. 

Also, before you upload your resume or apply using a job-search app, make sure your profile is tailored and completed, as an incomplete profile may result in misrepresentation and missed opportunities.

2. Research 

It is critical to be as informed as you can be. Before applying for a job, do quick research online about the company and how their employees feel about it. Many recruiter apps like AGEMA Work allow you to see company wages, job descriptions, and other important information about the company — ultimately helping you determine whether an opportunity is a good fit.

3. Search 

Job opportunities are often posted throughout the day, and you may not always have access to a computer. But mobile apps are the perfect way to avoid missing out on millions of jobs from thousands of companies representing your next opportunity. 

4. Be Professional 

In today’s climate, recruiters are following-up via prospective employees via Skype or WhatsApp. Many companies and start-ups use these tools to give more information about the job and the company’s culture before coming for an in-person interview. While the apps may be quick and convenient, always use a professional profile picture and respond in full sentences in order to make a good first impression.

As you can see, mobile recruiting brings benefits to both candidates and recruiters. Remember, always keep your mobile communication professional, contact recruiters only at business hours, and don’t text unless you both agree to do it.