According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers’ most recent 2011 “Job Outlook Spring Update Survey,” employers expect to hire 21 percent more recent college graduates this year than in 2011. Graduating to a smartphone can help new college grads and career seekers optimize their search and respond quickly to potential employers.
Whether it’s trying to snag that first job or new career opportunity U.S. Cellular has a lineup of smartphones including Android™-powered, BlackBerry® and Windows™ devices that provide the ability to research, respond and react to job leads anywhere and anytime.
Employers are interacting with their job candidates more frequently through e-mail. Smartphones provide on-the-go access and allow users to receive, respond to and compose messages instantly. In addition, job seekers can download employment applications and get access to large databases of job listings, giving them the advantage of finding and applying for coveted opportunities faster. Here are some tips U.S. Cellular recommends for leveraging your smartphone to land a job:
Job Finder Apps – Job seekers can take their search on the go by downloading an application that will help them find their next career opportunity sooner. Many applications help make it easy to sort, locate and filter thousands of openings based on individual preferences such as location, job title and company. Applications like Job Search™ list opportunities from popular job sites such as Monster® and CareerBuilder®, and include public and private companies. It also breaks down the search process into categories such as salary range, job type and proximity to the job hunter’s current location so he or she can easily sort through the thousands of positions that are specific to their location or preferred work area.
Set up a mobile job search – Smartphone users can go to job aggregator sites like Indeed.com™ from their device, search by keyword for the positions they are targeting, enter the location and view the results. On the results page, they can sign up to receive updates.
Google Docs™ – Google Docs is a Web-based word processing application that allows job hunters to upload their resume and cover letter templates to Google Docs from their home computer. Then, with Google Docs for Mobile, users can view and edit the same documents on-the-go from their smartphone.
Apply from your smartphone – Once a lead has been found from a mobile job search, job seekers can instantly apply for it using their smartphone by downloading their resume from their Google Docs account and to their mobile phone. They can then click on the link to apply for the position and upload their resume from their smartphone.
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