Mobile Job Search

It’s hard to remember a time when my smart phone wasn’t connected to my hand 24/7 and it seems I’m not alone. According to a recent survey by Glassdoor, one in five job seekers believes that their mobile devices are a go-to resource for job searches. Some other interesting highlights from the survey:

·         Mobile job seekers want more than just job listings on their device: While 60% are likely to search for jobs on their mobile device, more than half (54%) read company reviews from employees, and 52% research salary information.

·         Non-mobile optimized career sites deterring candidates: One in four (25%) job seekers are deterred from applying if the company career site is not mobile-optimized.

·         Employers beware – your employees may not be checking email on that mobile device: Among employees who admit they’ll look for a new job in the next 12 months, 89% say their mobile device is an important tool and resource for their job search – so if employees are checking their phone at work, it may not be work email or Facebook that they’re checking. Also any prospective employers may want to see what type of mobile device their candidates are using as 65% of job seekers with iPhones say that they would use their mobile device just before an interview to stay current with company-specific social media updates (i.e. tweets, Facebook posts, online reviews, etc.).

·         Think mobile devices have no place in an interview, think again. 1 in 5 say it is ok to check your mobile device during an in-person interview when the interviewer is not in the room. Nearly 1 in 10 say their mobile device is the best interview tool and use it during in-person interviews to show off technical skill and past achievements.