Thinking of changing career, or looking to enter the workforce fresh out of University? Your Lumia has everything you need to help you get a job.
First things first: You’ll need a CV. Without it, an employer won’t know what you’ve achieved, what you’re capable of, and, more importantly, what you can offer the company.
Whether you’re creating a new CV or updating an existing one, you can do it all from your Lumia.
Create a CV
Preinstalled on every Windows Phone is Office Mobile, which includes PowerPoint, Excel, and Word. You’ll need the latter when creating your CV.
With three Word templates available, the “Report” one can be easily adapted into a CV. Alternatively, you can build one from scratch in a blank document.
You can also download one of the resume templates from the Office support page to Word Online and then access it on the Office app through OneDrive. I suggest these templates:
With a basic template on your Lumia, you’ll be able to start filling it out with past and present employment details. Stick to key skills and responsibilities and detail where necessary, including any voluntary work in which you may have participated.
You’ll also need a cover letter, which serves to introduce yourself to the hiring manager and explain why you’re the perfect candidate for the job. An example of a cover letter can be found at the Office Support pages and downloaded onto your Lumia here.
Note: If you’re applying for more than one position at different companies you might need more than one CV and cover letter, so tailor each CV.
Any document you create will be automatically saved on your OneDrive, making it accessible and sharable whenever and wherever you need it.
Connect with professionals and your friends
One of the largest professional networking sites today is LinkedIn and it has a free app that can be downloaded onto your Lumia.
Be sure to connect with past co-workers and university buddies on LinkedIn. As your network starts to grow and you begin to discover friends of friends, new opportunities may arise.
Remember that CV you created? Transfer those details to your LinkedIn profile to help with the next stage.
Find a job
As mentioned above, one of the advantages of LinkedIn is that it includes a “Job” section, where people, business, and agencies can post openings.
If one of your friends happens to work at a company where you’d like to work and that company has recently announced a new role, you have a significant advantage. Ask your friend to connect you with the person responsible for recruitment and put in a good word.
Another alternative would be to use Job Search (free) or GetHired (free) to search millions of positions from job sources including Indeed, SimplyHired, CareerJet, LinkUp, JuJu, CareerBuilder, USAJobs, and JobServe.
You’ll be able to find the right job whether you’re sitting on the couch, waiting for a train, or traveling on a bus right on your Lumia.
Get to the interview on time
If you’ve found your ideal job and submitted your CV, and the potential employer likes what you’ve presented, the interview process will come next.
Firstly and most importantly, don’t be late for your interview. Plan ahead and make sure you know the route.
Stick a calendar entry into your Lumia and Cortana* can remind you when it’s time to leave and warn you about potential traffic problems.
Maps (preinstalled on your Lumia) can help you navigate from your door to the interview room. Give yourself extra time, just in case.
If you’re planning on catching the train or bus, HERE Transit can help you with scheduling and pin the route to your Start screen.
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