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Mobile computing is great! Except when it isn’t.

Over 50% of US consumers used mobile devices in 2012. And that figure is expected to grow to 65%–over 200 Million people–by 2015.

Those figures should not surprise anyone who reads this blog. Today there is an inherent expectation that people are ubiquitously connected. You are able to reach them at any time or place barring unusual circumstances like being stuck on a plane (an increasing number of which have wi-fi) or being off the grid by choice.

This is great for recruiters, because it means you can expect a near-instant answer when you reach out to a candidate about scheduling an interview or delivering an offer.

But let me caution you about how you use your mobile device when searching for a new job.

Many people have seen the website “Damn You Autocorrect“. (Note: DYAC contains numerous goofs some might find offensive. Read at your own risk.) It highlights the often hilarious mistakes made by autocorrect and hurried typing on the go.

Fun to enjoy the mistakes of others. But how would you feel if you were a candidate and you just replied to a recruiter at a key target company with this:

“Ease jeep me in mind for any future openings you might have. . .”

Real example of an email received that was sent from a mobile device. Would you want to un-send that email if you realized what you said after the fact?

It’s highly likely that for many of us, our mobile device(s) will become the dominant way we communicate electronically (if it isn’t already). But that requires some rethinking about how and when we send critical communications.

  • Stop. Don’t reply to that email while you’re sitting at a stoplight; wait until you can make the time to craft a reply.
  • Fully focus. For many, mobile email is something we do while we’re doing other things–walking, eating, working out, in a meeting. That means our attention isn’t fully on replying to that email. It often means you miss out on critical context or a specific request for information, which forces the requester to take more time and ping you yet again.
  • Read for detail. Did you catch everything they were asking? Were there details you need to know that were missed in the first quick read?
  • Write, and then proofread. I can’t emphasize this one enough; read the example above as to why this is so important. Sometimes critical words get autocorrected so the entire sentence no longer makes sense.
  • Wait until you get to your desktop. In many cases, this can be the best answer of all. You’ll have a real keyboard and a screen large enough to read the email for detail, plus you often have better integrated editing tools with desktop email programs.

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