How To Create A Mobile-Friendly Résumé And Cover Letter

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A few weeks ago, Olivia wrote about tips for applying for jobs from your mobile device. These tips include paying attention to detail, utilizing job alerts, applying with LinkedIn, and having a mobile resume and cover letter.

But, what exactly goes into creating a mobile resume and cover letter?

There are three components you need to keep in mind. Your materials need to be easy to read, download, and share.

Easy to read.

The first thing to keep in mind when writing a mobile-friendly resume or cover letter is it needs to be easily read on a mobile device. Obviously, mobile phones and tablets have much smaller screens than personal computers. You need to take this difference into account when writing a resume if you want people to be able to read it on any device.

When creating a mobile website, one of the biggest suggestions is to reduce the layout from many columns to one column. The same principle applies for a mobile resume. Since most mobile screens are vertical, users prefer to scroll down.

Also, since all mobile devices have different capabilities, stick to standard font types and use font size to differentiate content. Make your mobile resume very basic by getting rid of any extra lines, images, tables, and colors.

Basically, you want to create a version of your resume (and cover letter) that is completely optimized for the mobile screen.

Easy to download.

The next thing to keep in mind is that your resume and cover letter are easy to download on a mobile device. You never know what kind of device is being used to view your materials. “Even with 4G networks,” Smashing Magazine reports, “bandwidth becomes a serious issue” for mobile users.

The worst thing you can have happen is have your resume or cover letter not open, or take too long to open, when recruiters are trying to view it. If you take up too much of their time, they won’t really care to see the content. You could be the perfect candidate and they will never find out because you didn’t consider their needs when creating your materials.

Again, the best way to relieve this issue is to stick to simplicity. Plain-text is your best option. Anything beyond that will add to the size of the file, making it more difficult to download.

Easy to share.

Finally, it’s important to make sure your mobile resume and cover letter are easy to share with recruiters. An easy way to do this is to include a link to the mobile version on your online portfolio in your email signature.

If your materials are already saved online, you never have to worry about them losing their format when you share them with recruiters. When you provide the link at the end of your email, you can give them easy access.

Overall, it’s probably a good idea to create a few different versions of your resume. If you can provide recruiters with your normal version and a mobile version, they can decide which one to view. You want to be able to show off your accomplishments, and to do that you need your resume to be accessible to everyone.

If you’re still unsure where to begin creating a mobile resume, there are lots of apps to help you. Try ResumeBearResume Maker On-the-Go, and Pocket Resume.

What advice do you have for creating a mobile-friendly resume and cover letter?

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