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5 Ways to Leverage the Internet in Your Job Search

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In today’s very competitive job search market, those who get there first have the best opportunity of getting the interview. Recruiters and hiring managers receive more resumes than they need to fill their job openings.  Those qualified candidates that deliver their resume in the first round have the best chance.

Imagine that you are out for lunch one day and you get a call from a recruiter who has this amazing job opportunity, but he needs your latest resume in 15 minutes. You are nowhere near a computer, all you have is your smartphone. What do you do? Well, if you are “state of the art”, you use your cellphone to grab your resume from Dropbox, make some changes with Google Docs, and email it back to the recruiter using your smartphone. Or, you’ve got an interview in 15 minutes and you want to do some research on one of the people who will be interviewing you. Using your smartphone, you quickly use your LinkedIn app to find out everything you need to know.

Okay, you get the picture. If you have the right tools at your fingertips, you definitely have an advantage in your job search.

In today's very competitive job search market, those who get there first have the best opportunity of getting the interview.  Those qualified candidates that deliver their resume in the first round have the best chance.

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On the Fly

If you are not near a computer and need to access your resume (and maybe make a change or two),  you will need to leverage your smartphone. And, in order to do that, you will need to have all of the right apps to create, edit, and share your documents. Some of the more popular apps are:

  • Google Docs (Android or iOS)
  • Smart Office 2 (Android)
  • SmartOffice (iOS)
  • MS Office.
  • If you have an iPhone, Apple’s Page’s app is fully integrated.

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Where are your Files

There are many apps to access files you may need (but don’t have) on your smartphone or in the cloud. You probably already have and use one or more of the apps listed below.  Some of the more popular apps are:

  • Dropbox
  • iCloud Drive
  • Google Drive
  • Microsoft OneDrive
  • Box
  • Files (iPhone and iOS only)

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Job Search on your Smartphone

All of the popular job search sites (see a partial list below) have both a smartphone app and their web interface. Learning to leverage these tools on your smartphone will give you more flexibility in our search and allow you to react quickly if an amazing new opportunity pops up.

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Who do You Know

Who you know (and how you leverage them) is probably the most important tool in your job search and LinkedIn is a really important tool (with really good smartphone support). Xing, Meetup, Jobcase, and Opportunity are some of the alternatives.

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Get That Job

So many of the posts on CareerAlley have been about leveraging the Internet in your job search. But you can also find job leads and apply from your smartphone. Many of the well-known job search sites have their own apps. Take a look at Indeed.com (aggregates jobs from a number of sites), Careerbuilder (supports iOS and Android) and of course Monster jobs.

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