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Applying for Jobs by Computer or by Mobile


Employment & Learning

It is bound to come, where applying for jobs by cell phone will be the common procedure. The level of technology at present day, however, makes that possible, but is it the most efficient?

Of course, the biggest attraction to using the mobile over the desktop or laptop is ease, and yes, being able to blast out your information to a large number of companies covers more ground. Having your resume and/or cover letter in your email and forwarding it is a snap. Even with that, there are more functional and possibly successful ways to proceed in your job applications.

When you send your resume and cover letter to a prospective employer, the email will indicate that it was sent from a mobile device. This tells the Hiring Manager some assumptive information. For example, it says that you are sending out resumes that are not directed to the company’s individual needs, but as a “pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey,” cover-all template.  They want to know you are willing to put in the work and research before you apply, and that you are self-motivated and proactive. If you want to stand out, it is better to individualize your resume and cover letter rather than sending a come one-come all version.

This is especially true for cover letters. Some people will type in a version of a cover letter into the actual email, but this is not as efficient in attracting positive attention as attaching a document that is easy to print out.

A proper cover letter should be dated, addressed to the company connected to the job posting even if you have to look up the actual physical address in a search engine, and identified the position exactly as it is mentioned in the ad, including competition number if one is attached. Sending a cover letter that is directed to the person and company requesting your information will garner the employer’s attention

Many companies also have online applications, where the person looking for a job needs to attach a resume after you create a sign-in with that website. These cannot be sent from an email as of yet, so there is still a need for the physical presence rather than just a click on a phone.

Microsoft Word or other word processing software are not easily navigated on a mobile device, so it is better at this stage of the technology development to actually work on the application on a desktop or laptop.

Fortunately, at YWCA Saskatoon Employment and Learning Centre, there is a Computer Lab where you can receive help with your resume and cover letter, in both wording and formatting. We can also help guide you through the process of attachments, or online applications. The Lab is open from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM, Monday through Friday. You can find out more information here:

This article was based on a previously published blog by Robert Barry Francos, at