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number sold two years ago. This is as a result of increased consumer demand, which has driven fierce competition in the market, with Samsung, Apple and Microsoft increasing the roll-out of new products.

In just a few short years, our obsession with smartphones has become an addiction: they have transformed from being a cutting- edge communications gadget, to becoming an essential part of our everyday lives. We are now using our smartphones for a wide range of tasks: from social networking and emails, to getting directions and organising our diary.

As a result, smartphones are quickly becoming an important part of our daily routine and structure: we are checking our emails and notifications as soon as we wake up, whilst getting news and weather updates throughout the morning, staying connected with friends and business contacts during the afternoon, and using them for online shopping and entertainment in the evenings. Our smartphones are always within an arms-length, and many people now get feelings of ‘tech anxiety’ when their phone loses charge or connection!

Many people have highlighted the negative impacts of our addictive relationship to smartphones, suggesting that we have become too reliant on them, as we never switch them off and feel a constant need to be connected. However, there are also

many positive aspects: they make it easier for us to communicate with friends, family and business contacts; whilst they also enable us to complete many tasks using the same device.

For graduates, smartphones can have an especially positive impact on helping to find a job, as there are now 1000’s of careers apps designed to help with different aspects of the job-hunting process: including networking, job- searching, interview preparation and CV writing. It can even be argued that smartphones are revolutionising the way we search for careers, and could help you gain the edge in an increasingly competitive UK jobs market.

Networking apps LinkedIn and Contacts Journal can help to keep track of your contacts, whilst apps such as LunchMeet allow you to locate colleagues and potential employers, to arrange

As you can see, there are a huge variety of apps available to help with your career-search. However, it is important not to completely rely on these apps: many large employers have not yet adapted their application websites for smartphone handsets; so the desktop versions of careers sites are often more user-friendly. Despite this, careers apps can still go a long way in helping your search for a job: they can provide a basis for your search, allow you to connect with important contacts, and refine your CV and interview skills. So make sure you put your smartphone addiction to good use, and embrace careers apps as part of your job search: opting not to use them could put you at a disadvantage; but using them will maximize your chances of getting the job you desire.

face-to-face meetings. Business Card Reader is also very useful, allowing you to instantly record and store the information in your contacts.

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