Essential Facts About Today’s Mobile Job Seeker

When it comes to connectivity and portability in devices and technology, the job search market has seen drastic changes in the last five years.  Long gone are the days when the majority of users sat down at a desktop computer and perused listings for open positions. Today the majority of active job seekers grew up with a smartphone being their primary method for accessing their online content.

With these facts in mind, its important for hiring managers, companies, and recruiting professionals to ensure their listings are accessed via platforms that are mobile friendly.  Below we’ve compiled some helpful statistics about job searches and mobile use along with several best practice approaches for applications, scheduling, resume submission and more.

Current Mobile Use Stats

Curious about the current state of affairs when it comes to everything mobile and job search related?  We’ve compiled a few useful tidbits from a variety of sources and from Simply Hired’s own internal statistics to help stress the importance of online optimization for your open positions:

  • 79% of job seekers use social media to help in their job search
  • Mobile job searchers aren’t limited to tech or entry-level positions; professionals in fields from health care to office administration are looking for jobs while on the go
  • 45% of job seekers use their mobile devices in search-related activities more than once a day
  • Mobile users are 25% more likely to click on only the top three listings for any job search than desktop users
  • Mobile use is far more consistent and varied in time than desktop use; while data suggests users access mobile listings during a typical break, lunch and commute times, we also continue to see an uptick in usage throughout other parts of the day and on weekends

Google is Watching

In addition to being good business practices to match your ease of access to ever increasing mobile usage, there are plenty of other reasons to make sure your jobs are accessible across a range of portable devices.  For several years now Google and other search platforms have made it clear that websites and individual pages that aren’t accessible via mobile will lose priority when it comes to search results.

Best Practices and Takeaways

What’s this mean for you?  For starters, if you’re hoping to attract candidates via traditional internet search tools your listings are far less likely to be seen on the front page of search results, regardless of how spot on you are with your keyword listings if your website or application hosting site isn’t mobile optimized.  In addition, the ability to pay for advertising promotion of key positions can help boost your individual job’s visibility to the best and brightest of candidates who may only have time to peruse a limited number of listings. Finally, even if you operate in a less than traditionally techy field it pays to maintain a mobile-friendly platform for all of your hiring practices given the widespread use of technology across sectors and individual titles.

Simply Hired Has you Covered

If you’re feeling a bit behind on the mobile trend, or perhaps aren’t sure how to assess your current job listings, you’re in luck.  Simply Hired has maintained a mobile-friendly website for all of its hosting job listings for the last several years.  If you use to recruit talent you can rest assured that our internal team of web and technology experts has you covered by keeping on top of the latest trends in accessibility and promotion of our site to the largest number of applicants possible across numerous mobile device platforms ensuring that your listing reaches top-notch talent.

Surprised by our stats?  Want to understand more about our functionality and accessibility for mobile users?  Drop us a line in the comments to hear more about how SimplyHired is here to help candidates and recruiters connect.

Article Updated from the Original on Aug 5, 2018