According to research by job site Indeed 62% of jobseekers use a mobile device for their job search.
The study was in to the search habits of job seekers across Australia, the UK, and US and also found that 55% of jobseekers cite ‘convenience’ as the core driver for mobile job search, while 66% of individuals would apply for a job on a mobile device if the process was simplified.
David Rudick, VP International Markets at Indeed, said: “This research presents a new picture of the modern jobseeker. They are spending more time looking for jobs and want to apply for positions as soon as they become available. This presents both an opportunity and a challenge to HR departments. Mobile job search is putting opportunities into the hands of employees and is changing how they apply for new positions.”
Despite evident familiarity with mobile devices to search for jobs, it seems that there is still a degree of scepticism regarding the reliability of mobile tools in the application process.
Nearly half of job seekers in the UK highlighted small screens, difficulty tailoring CVs to apply for different jobs (34%) and issues with attaching multiple documents (26%) as key barriers to applying on mobile devices.
Rudick added: “To gain a competitive edge recruiting top talent in a strained local labour market, employers should look to attract savvy mobile jobseekers by removing the mobile barriers and ensuring they have the tools in place to make applying for a job as easy and reliable as possible.”