Getting Your Resume Mobile-Ready

Many professionals use their mobile devices for work, but you may not be aware that the list includes job recruiters. Though it may not be a requirement for most jobs, anything that simplifies the route the hiring manager takes to find your resume is helpful. Jesse Siegal with The Execu|Search Group states that “a lot of people tend to use their phone to review new applicants … Getting your resume mobile-friendly is only going to help and give you a little more of a competitive edge in a pretty tight market.

Selecting the right font and paying attention to your layout and content are just a couple of things to help keep your mobile readers engaged. Donna Fuscaldo of Glassdoor has four more tips to keep you on track:

1. Keep It Simple

Pamela Skillings, Interview Coach and co-founder of Skillful Communications, suggests that you “avoid anything that is overly complicated, like columns” and “no colors and no crazy formatting. It might get garbled.” An exception would be if you work in a creative field where your resume acts as an extension of your portfolio. Keeping it simple is the best way to make certain your resume can be read on any device.

Siegal says that most people look at their mobile device screens vertically and scroll down, so you want to be sure your resume fits in the pane of that device. He also recommends using a basic font like Arial and to contrast sections of your resume with a smaller font instead of making them bold, so it’s a “little more compact and … easier on the eye.”

2. Be Concise

Say it with less. “Minimize scrolling and cater to short attention spans by ensuring that you get your point across with the least amount of words possible,” says Jesse Wright, VP of Recruiting and Delivery at Adecco Engineering and Technology. “Ideally, your resume should be able to be captured in a single screen shot.”

Skillings says that when someone is viewing a resume on a mobile phone, what they see first is “make or break it” for the applicant. She counsels putting the most relevant and interesting information right at the top and says “The biggest thing is making sure you are grabbing them with what is immediately visible.”

3. Take Advantage of Hyperlinks

Again, anything that makes it easier for the recruiter or hiring manager to reach you works in your favor. Have hyperlinks to your phone number and email so ideally, Wright says, the recruiter can call you directly from your resume. If you’re using social media as part of your job search, he suggests providing hyperlinks to those as well. Since many people have social media apps on their mobile devices, one click can have them checking you out on LinkedIn.

4. Test Your Mobile Resume First

It’s extremely important to test your resume on as many mobile devices as you can (iPhone, iPad, Android-based phones, etc.). You need to be certain your hyperlinks perform, attachments open and that your resume displays in the most ideal fashion. Wright says it’s a good idea to use the latest version of Microsoft Office because some new smartphones and tablets don’t support legacy versions of Microsoft. “You don’t want to make assumptions,” adds Skilling. “Testing it is important.”

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