The growth rate of mobile is staggering. It took AOL 9 years to get to 1 million users. It took Facebook 9 months. It took Draw Something 9 days. Global Internet users will double over the next few years—and most will be mobile…and the dumb-phone conversion to smartphone has only just begun. Check out this slide deck on Business Insider.
Is your résumé ready for mobile? Do you need a mobile résumé if you are seeking federal employment? Yes! I call it a mobile networking résumé and it is not for just private sector job seekers. If you have a smartphone, you can download a QR code reader and/or bump phones to share contact information or your whole résumé. Be sure your mobile networking résume is void of your private information that is required on a federal résumé, i.e., salary, supervisors, number of hours per week, et al. Keep it to two pages using just your career highlights.
Here is a sample of “page one” from a networking résumé I created a few years ago. Note the columns make it easy for scrolling horizontal or vertical on a smartphone, or seeing the whole “snapshot” on an iPad. I set the QR code to go to a LinkedIn profile, personal web portfolio, InfoStripe, Vizibility, or About.me (there are hundreds of landing sites). It is a great way to share information about you to your face-to-face network, as well as to a potential employer.
The mobile/networking résumé is only one tool that I think should be in every job seekers job-search toolkit for the 2012 market. Are you keeping up with technology, the job market, and rocking your résumé in 2012?