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Job Search Tips: 5 Ways To Leverage The Internet In Your Job Search

What a lot we lost when we stopped writing letters. You can't reread a phone call.” - Liz Carpenter

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 no where near a computer, all you have is your cellphone.

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 Quickoffice, 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 (and hopefully your smartphone is not like the one in today's picture).

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

1. On the Fly: So, if you are on the fly, then you will need to leverage your smartphone. And, in order to do that, you will need to have all of the right apps. What might they be, you may ask?

    • Apps to create, edit, and share your documents. Some of the more popular apps are Quickoffice (available in multiple smartphone operating systems), Office2 and Documents to Go.

2. Where's the File: Apps to access files you may need (but don't have) on your smartphone. Some of the more popular apps are Dropbox (available on most of the smartphone operating systems), Wuala (also several operating systems) and Live Mesh (there are restrictions as to where it can be installed). And, let's not forget Google Docs.

3. Who do You Know: Following up on my opening paragraph, who you know (and how you leverage them) is probably the most important tool in your Job Search Marketing Toolkit and LinkedIn is a really important tool (with really good smartphone support). Plaxo is another business social site that has support for smartphones.

4. Get That Job: So many of my posts have been about leveraging the Internet in your job search. But you can also find a job lead and apply from your smartphone. Many of the well known job search sites have their own apps. Take a look at Job Finder (aggregates jobs from a number of sites), Careerbuilder (supports iOS and Android) and of course Monster jobs.

5. Writing on the Road: Maybe you travel a lot by train, bus or plane and have time on your hands to (finally) update your resume. Resume App is an iPhone app (not free I'm afraid) that helps you build your resume. Looking for a free app? Try ResumeBear and "take your resume on the road".

Good luck in your search.

Author: CareerAlley

Article courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap, a content exchange service sponsored by CollegeRecruiter.com, a leading site for college students looking for internships and recent graduates searching for entry level jobs and other career opportunities.

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