The Rise of Mobile Technology in Talent Acquisition

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We turn to our smartphones and tablets for almost everything, and these mobile devices are well on their way to becoming the primary means for accessing the Internet. Whether searching for a place to eat, investigating what the weather is like outside, or even looking for a job, people are increasingly turning to the small screen for help.

However, the rise of mobile adoption by job seekers presents a new set of challenges for employers. Having a mobile presence is imperative for an organization to be perceived as modern and forward-thinking in order to obtain top talent.

A mobile-friendly application process can increase your conversion rates by providing the candidates with a simple application experience. According to a 2012 Career Builder study, one in five employers who have mobile career sites reported that at least 20% of their applications came through mobile devices. Career Builder research also shows that 40% of mobile candidates abandon the application process when they are notified that they are about to encounter a non-mobile friendly apply process. Since candidates are more likely to abandon sites that aren’t mobile-optimized, it’s critical for organizations to embrace mobile to attract top talent.

Simply Hired recently reported that 86% of job seekers would use their smartphone for job searching if the capabilities were available. When asked, here’s how those job seekers indicated they would use mobile for landing a position:

• 55% want to receive alerts
• 45% want to apply for jobs
• 45% want to be able to track application status
• 23% share information via email
• 19% share information through social networks

The writing is on the wall: job seekers are eagerly embracing mobile as a way to search and apply for jobs. If employers want to win the war for top talent they must provide a seamless experience between their online site and their mobile presence to attract potential candidates.

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