The Skill Set a Mobile Application Developer Needs To Get Hired
When employers complain about having trouble filling open positions because of a lack of necessary skills,
are they always talking about an inadequate number of math, science, technology, engineering or math
experts? Not necessarily.
From the moment you apply for a job, you’re being judged on more than just what your resume says.
Imagine you send in a cover letter with your resume but accidentally misspell a few words. This may not be a
big deal to some employers, but you’ve already demonstrated that you don’t pay attention to details and
may lack professionalism.
In the case of mobile application development jobs, having great soft skills makes you an extremely
desirable job candidate and gives you an edge over other job-seekers. When you focus on your attitude,
presentation and demonstrating that you’re prepared to take on a professional role, hiring managers will
see you as a welcome addition to their team.
Personality can play a lot into how others perceive you. Even if you’ve got the experience necessary for the
job, being spacey or rude can put a damper on your chances, and the mobile app job market is too
competitive right now to allow for any mistakes. Practice making a good impression by focusing on a positive
and friendly attitude with others, be it family, friends, the person serving you coffee or anybody else you
interact with. Impress your potential employer with your great attitude and interpersonal skills by:
Being polite and friendly
Showing enthusiasm and motivation for your career
Sharing why you’re prepared for this job with specific details
Demonstrating a good work ethic
Paying attention and actively listening
Throughout the application process there are plenty of opportunities for hiring managers to see what you
would really be like as an employee, even before you are asked to come in for an interview. Present yourself
as a well-prepared candidate by staying organized and paying attention to details, including:
An organized resume and other application materials: Is your resume customized to the job you’re
applying for? Did you follow the application instructions and include all requested materials and
provide answers for any questions asked? Although applying for jobs can sometimes feel like a
mind-numbing experience, you have to pay attention to the details of each application or you’re
potentially throwing away that opportunity.
Speaking clearly and answering questions completely: Not only does this show that you can follow
a conversation and provide your own opinion, but articulating yourself well demonstrates good
communication skills—something every worker in every industry needs.
Being punctual: Showing up late to an interview or responding slowly to an email conversation
you’re having with a hiring manager is unprofessional and makes it seem like you don’t care. Make
the effort to arrive early for your interview and promptly answer emails, which expresses your
interest in this relationship.
Being appropriately dressed at the interview and on the job: Hiring managers rarely judge job
seekers on their sense of fashion when coming in for an interview, but they do notice how you dress
because it’s an indicator of your sense of judgment. Dressing simply and professionally when coming
in for an interview shows the hiring manager you understand what a work environment is.
It is essential that you convey to the hiring manager that you are in fact ready for this position by possessing
the job-ready basics, this includes:
Time management abilities
Good communication skills, including phone and email etiquette
Acting as a team player
Strong work ethic
Ability to accept and learn from criticism
Flexibility and adaptability
Working well under pressure
Spelling and grammar
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