People are relying more and more on mobile devices to interact with the world around them – and that trend extends to the job search process. Mobile job search apps allow users the accessibility to keep up with the latest job openings, and the privacy to pursue new opportunities on their own mobile device.
Who Is Searching?
Around the world smartphones are transforming how people seek out and apply for job opportunities — half of all searches on Indeed now come from mobile devices. To gain a deeper understanding of mobile job search, Harris Poll conducted a survey on behalf of Indeed, asking either unemployed or working people how they use their cellphone, smartphone or tablet to identify job opportunities.
The findings of the survey reveal that modern candidates want to take their job search with them – 32% of people say they would rely on their mobile device more in their current or future job search than they did in their last job search.* As job search continues to evolve from a desktop activity to a mobile one, the smartest employers know that competing for the best talent means reaching candidates when and where they’re receptive to the right job.
Some companies are prepared for the mobile moment, but those without a mobile optimized career site are reducing their chances to connect with the right talent. Job seekers have eagerly adopted mobile apply; in fact, over 200,000 applications are submitted each day on Indeed and that number has quadrupled over the last year. The results of the survey offer three key insights for organizations that are preparing for the mobile job seeker:
At the same time, a significant segment of app users opt to search by location to find jobs in their city, state or region. The Beyond.com Jobs Apps for Manhattan, San Diego, Canada, and Philadelphia rank the highest in downloads. There are also those who download the general Beyond.com app, which allows them to search by Industry or Location across the Beyond.com Career Network.
Best Practices for Job Seekers Using Mobile Job Apps
Job Apps have a variety of options and settings to facilitate the job search process. Beyond.com has highlighted the Top Six Best Practices for Job Seekers using Mobile Apps, to help them take full advantage of these capabilities. Setting up job alerts, saving search criteria and utilizing sharing options on your mobile device are all excellent ways to find jobs and network on your mobile device. While a majority of employer career sites and application processes may not be optimized for mobile access, it is important to note that the mobile accessibility will only continue to increase in 2012.
Mobile Traffic Increasing
The Beyond.com Career Network is witnessing job seekers’ move to mobile firsthand, with mobile traffic markedly increasing each year—with an over 100% increase from 2010.