Mobile devices will be the most common way people search for jobs

You don’t have to be a futurologist to predict that mobile devices will be, if they aren’t already, the way we get information and how we stay current on the latest news locally and worldwide. While many people use mobile devices to send text messages, make calls, check in on Facebook, […]

You don’t have to be a futurologist to predict that mobile devices will be, if they aren’t already, the way we get information and how we stay current on the latest news locally and worldwide. While many people use mobile devices to send text messages, make calls, check in on Facebook, or do a number of other daily tasks, many also use mobile devices to help make career decisions.

In a recent survey from Glassdoor, 89% of employees who admit they’ll look for a new job in the next year say their mobile device is an important tool and resource for their job search. Highlights from the survey are captured in a new infographic that explores mobile job seeker behavior today and expectations for the future.

  1. 3 in 5 job seekers have searched for jobs on their mobile device in the past year
  2. 68% use their mobile device to search for jobs once a week or more
  3. 1 in 4 would not apply to a job if a company’s career site is not mobile optimised
  4. 84% believe mobile devices will be the most common way people search for jobs
  5. 15 minutes before an interview, candidates use a mobile device to read the job description
  6. 1 in 10 use the mobile device during an interview to show off technical skills and past achievements
  7. More than half (54 percent) read company reviews from employees
  8. 52 percent research salary information.

I think these stats speak for itself with regards to the importance of mobile recruiting today. However, only 13% of Fortune 500 companies have a mobile optimised career site. And 97.8% of Fortune 500 companies still don’t have a mobile optimised application process.

Here are some more facts about mobile recruiting in an infographic:

About Jacco Valkenburg

Jacco Valkenburg is an international recruitment expert, trainer and author of two books about LinkedIn. He has more than 16 years experience in global recruitment strategies and execution spanning numerous countries for leading companies. As founder of Recruit2 and Recruiter University he provides companies with recruitment and talent management solutions and expertise. His mission is helping companies ‘from good to great staffing’.

1 Comment

  1. Jacco,

    Great topic and information, thanks. Mobile devices are quickly becoming the preferred internet access point forcing HR to embrace plans to deploy a pure mobile recruiting experience. The technology is here to enable jobseekers to interact with employers at a much deeper and intimate fashion. It will be interesting to see how and when HRIS/ATS/CRM providers begin to play nicely with mobile devices enabling an open exchange of data to complete application processes. We are moving in the right direction.

    Thanks again,

    Chris