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Frequent Issues with Online Job Searching You Can Easily Avoid

Online job searching is here to stay. In the 20 years since the Internet was first introduced to the public, its role in helping applicants find work has grown from simple job listings to full-on application websites, one-stop shops that make finding a new position easier than ever. However, with the increased ease of the technology has also brought along more than a few issues, and some of them are very easy to avoid.

Never apply from a smartphone

As many as 20 percent of people who work on online job applications have said they'd give up on the application process if the listing didn't support them doing it from their phones, according to Time Magazine. Additionally, more than 25 percent of bigger companies have not focused on smartphone job searching or applying at all. When mobile technology is now more popular than personal computers - CNN reported in February 2014 that smartphones and tablets now outnumber desktops when it comes to internet access - that can be a huge problem for some applicants. For those with a mobile-first focus in their daily lives, applying from smartphones can cause problems, such as web browsers being unwieldy to use or documents being unattachable when necessary. In the future, applying via mobile might become more prevalent, but until then it's best to stick to a desktop. 

Don't rely on one social media website

There's no doubt that social media plays a role in finding a job in the modern market, and not just for bosses looking to vet their hires before making them an offer. Social media sites everywhere often see companies post information about future job openings and the immediate future for their businesses, and following these companies on different sites can be very helpful for a variety of goals. At the same time, though, relying on certain sites and eschewing others is a fatal mistake for many job searchers. Time reported that just one in five recruiters use Facebook or Twitter to find their candidates. In contrast, 97 percent of them said they use LinkedIn. Even if you love Facebook or Twitter, it's simply a good idea for the future of your job search to rely on LinkedIn, at least for the next few years, as it's where the vast majority of the action is for job seeking.

Tighten your resume

Commonly, people write an open resume, one that can be used for many jobs at once with a smattering of skills relevant to several industries. However, relying on a vague resume might extend your job search, Business 2 Community reported. If you're not focused on a specific role, hiring managers may question why you're applying to a job. You want to craft a relatable and identifiable skillset that can prove how you excel in a given position, not a barely-defined assortment of previous job experience that leaves you appearing to be scattered or searching desperately for a job. Even simply customizing your resume by small amounts each time you apply to a job that might be outside of your initial wheelhouse can have great effects over time.

Keep trying

It's also too common that candidates give up when they come across difficulties in their application processes. Almost 25 percent of people will stop applying for jobs at a company if they struggle with an online application process, Time found. This can severely limit options or have negative effects on your search if you follow these steps. Instead, just keep fighting the system - often, if you brute-force an iffy application site, you'll find success. Barring that, don't hesitate to contact a company, as they may not know about the issues in applying.