By the level of noise and chatter focused on the mobile recruiting trend over the past several years one would think that corporate talent acquisition teams have made great strides in adopting and deploying these solutions. But the results of our recently released 2014 Jibe Talent Acquisition Survey tells another story.
In our survey, our independent research partner Kelton Global asked more than 300 in-house recruiting and HR professionals their feelings and plans on various talent acquisition technologies, including mobile. Of those surveyed, 36% said that if they were in a candidate’s shoes, they would not say their application process was optimized for mobile. And 27% of respondents at companies of 500 or more employees reported that they’ve done absolutely nothing to optimize for mobile. So yes, we still have work to do.
And if you’re still thinking enabling mobile-friendly applications is a low priority item and candidates don’t care, think again. We also surveyed more than 1,200 job seekers, and a strong majority of them made it clear that they are ready – and even expect – to be able to apply from their phones and tablets. They also said that if they couldn’t, they’d move on to other opportunities. The impact of doing nothing is a big.
See below for more mobile highlights from our research, and download a copy of the full survey results now.
Here at Jibe, we talk to job seekers often to understand their point of view on the overall hiring process, including their thoughts on the state of mobile apply today. This year’s survey represents the largest and most comprehensive group of job seekers we’ve engaged with, and the message is clear around mobile: They are ready (and waiting) for mobile-friendly applications. Let’s get to it.
Today’s Job Seeker is already mobile
Unsurprisingly, our survey showed that a clear majority of job seekers expect to and are already using mobile in at least some parts of their job search.
The desire is there, but faith in the process is not
Job seekers expressed skepticism about the technology available to streamline the application process, particularly as it relates to mobile capabilities
Why the worry?
More than likely, many of these concerns stem from previous poor experiences job seekers have had on mobile devices, which is why it is so crucial to stay focused and work hard to improve the process lest we continue turning them away.
It is abundantly clear that today’s – and most certainly tomorrow’s – workforce is ready for a mobile-friendly search and apply process. Great strides have been made in recent years, but there’s still much work to be done. As we’ve said before, it’s time to go ‘all-in’ in this regard. Let’s not keep the mobile generation waiting any longer.
For more insight on mobile and more, download the 2014 Jibe Talent Acquisition Survey today.