How Many Jobseekers Use Mobile Devices for their Job Search?

While there are many people already using mobile to find their dream jobs, don’t be misunderstood — using a smartphone to check out job boards isn’t just for early adopters or technophiles. In fact, it’s quickly becoming a mainstream method of finding a lasting career.
According to this infographic by mobile job search and recruiting company JIBE — based on research done by marketing research company Kelton Research — more than 4 out of 5 of surveyed smartphone users would use an iPhone, Android, Blackberry or Windows phone to search for jobs. Of those, nearly half would actually apply to a job right from a smartphone. Given the number of American who own smartphones has surpassed 100 million mark, the level of jobseekers looking to potentially score a job right on their phones can be staggering.
So what does it all mean? Plain and simple: if your company doesn’t have a mobile-friendly job board, it’s time to begin building one as soon as possible. More and more jobseekers are turning to the convenience, simplicity and speed of mobile to access jobs on the fly. If your mobile application isn’t optimized to suit the needs of potential employees, there’s an opportunity to miss out on quality talent.
Take a look at the infographic below to learn more about how mobile is changing the way people are looking for jobs. Would you use mobile to find your new job, or integrate mobile into your company’s recruiting strategy? Let us know in the comments.

Smartphones have become our go-to devices for a plethora of tasks. Undoubtedly, we have become much more productive when on-the-go. And according to an infographic provided by JIBE, this is also the case for those that are looking for employment.

Apart from Angry Birds and tweeting your mates, you can actually use your phone for something useful like finding a job. More and more smartphone users are clocking on to this and mobile devices are tipped to be the first port of call for jobseekers in the not too distant future.

And to prove that the mobile revolution isn’t just another fad, the good folks at Jibe have put together this infographic. Some key takeaways from the study include:

  • 86% of jobseekers who have a smartphone would use it to search for a job
  • 65% of those would search for available positions
  • 55% would receive job alerts
  • 47% would apply to a few jobs
  • 45% would track application status
The biggest benefits and challenges to applying to jobs on mobile are:
  • 65% that you can do it anywhere
  • 46% you can do it straight away
  • 50% career sites aren’t optimized for mobile
  • 53% it’s difficult to keep up with multiple tasks

Related: Top 10 Career Apps for Android Phones.

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By Jörgen Sundberg

Founder of Undercover Recruiter & CEO of Link Humans, home of The Employer Brand Index.