When the smartphone was first introduced in Malaysia some years back, not many were able to afford a device that had the combined capabilities of an ordinary mobile phone and a personal computer. The last three years, however, saw a rapid growth in smartphone ownership among Malaysians, from 51 per cent in 2014 to 80 per cent just last year.
Thanks to the availability of affordable devices from smartphone makers besides Apple and Samsung, Sarawakians are now able to do many things at their fingertips such as social media, online shopping, photo-taking and more.
We can also use our smartphones to search for jobs, considering that there are now mobile app versions of job portals such as JobStreet and JobStock that enable us to stay updated on the latest job availability while we are on the go.
As such, it would be advantageous for us to utilise the smartphone as a job search tool that can start or further our own careers. Here are some things to keep in mind when job-hunting with your smartphone.
Make use of job websites and apps
Whether you prefer to visit these websites or install their mobile apps, doing so on your smartphone is a lot more convenient since you can check out job listings while you are away from your computer.
You can save postings for later reference, sign up for notifications or alerts, and even submit applications.
If you do intend on applying for jobs through your phone, it is advisable to have your resume and cover letter created on your computer first before saving them into your mobile device, as you would have a better view in editing and formatting these documents on a bigger screen.
Do some research
The smartphone has become a go-to device for online research. In context, if there is a specific job or industry you are looking for, you can read up on its nature, compare requirements with your own and hone skills and competencies that are deemed necessary.
You can also research on the company you are interested in joining, from its background to its works as well as news reports and testimonies from current and previous employees. This information can help you in your consideration to be part of the organisation.
Boost your network
Social networking sites such as LinkedIn and Facebook have their own mobile apps, so make sure you have them installed if you wish to connect with people from your desired industry. As mentioned on our previous column, create a professional profile on these sites and keep them career relevant to present a good impression for industry people who could be potential employers.
You can also join industry-related forums and discussions not only to keep up-to-date with the latest industry trends, but to form and maintain contacts with users there.
Maximise offline functions
Offline, make use of your productivity apps. These can include creating and updating contact list of potential employers, setting reminders of job interviews and job submission deadlines with your calendar, and taking notes on job-hunting related matters with your digital memo pad.
Considering the countless things you will be doing with your smartphone for job hunting, do not forget to keep it charged in case future employers decide to give you a phone call.
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