Going Mobile: Top Trends in Mobile Hiring and Job Searching

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Thanks to mobile technology, candidates can receive job postings, connect with recruiters and submit applications and resumes from their smart phones in the time it takes to say, “You’re hired!”

Mobile devices have become increasingly important in today’s job search. And for as many as one-in-five Americans, mobile devices have become a key source of online access.

A 2015 Pew research poll took a closer look at the use and impact of smartphones and social media on job seeking. According to Pew:

  • 28 percent of Americans have used a smartphone during a job search
  • 53 percent of 18- to 29-year-olds has used a smartphone as part of a search for employment
  • 37 percent of 30 to 49-year-olds have also used smartphones on their job searches
  • 35 percent of college graduates (and 33 percent of those who have attended but not graduated college) are smartphone job seekers, compared with 18 percent of those who have not attended college
  • Roughly one-quarter of “smartphone job seekers” have used their phone to create a resume or cover letter
  • Half of smartphone job seekers have filled out a job application using their phone; nearly one-quarter have used a smartphone to create a resume or cover letter

Despite the continued widespread use of mobile devices for job searching, Pew found that “Some 47 percent of smartphone job seekers have had problems accessing job-related content because it wasn’t displaying properly on their phone, and an identical 47 percent have had problems reading the text in a job posting because it was not designed for a mobile device.” Their problems lie in the fact that some recruiting sites aren’t mobile-friendly.

“If employers and recruiters hope to reach today’s candidates and not lose them to mobile-friendly competitors, they must do a better job of engaging them where they live,” says telecom recruiter, Alan Derry. “And, where they live is on their mobile devices.”

Derry adds that “Candidates are drawn to brands and organizations that offer compelling content and engage in conversation. Position your company as a resource for job seekers; job seekers tend to engage with companies that have content that helps them with their job search and career-related questions. Social recruiting can also include having conversations with your users about company culture and industry news. Engaging discussions will build and create long-term relationships with candidates.”

Getting up to speed with recruiting candidates on the move means more than just having a website that is accessible to mobile devices. Your site must be optimized for mobile users. But what makes a website mobile-friendly?

According to Patrick Sexton at Varvy, mobile-friendly:

  • Provide content that works on a phone
  • Do not need pinching and zooming
  • Are easily readable on a small screen
  • Are easy to navigate with a finger, not a mouse
  • Are helpful to someone using a phone

One caveat: While mobile recruiting is gaining in popularity, recruiters shouldn’t abandon more traditional forms of recruiting altogether.

“Like any other recruitment strategy, mobile is not a one size fits all solution,” says Derry. “Completely eliminating other channels like job boards and career sites will not produce the desired results. It is important for agencies to understand how mobile can enhance – not replace – other recruitment channels.”