Applications on the Go: The Rise of Mobile Job Search

Seems like everyone is glued to their smartphone these days, everywhere we go. Apps, texting, Instagramming, Snapchatting, posting, tweeting… And increasingly, we’re using our phones for yet another life task: the mobile job search.

A hot trend to watch is the rise in job seekers searching and submitting applications while  “on the go”. This is according to Jobvite’s 2014 Job Seeker Nation Report. There are some other very interesting take-aways as well…

Who Is Job Searching?




Jobvite looked at who was on the hunt for a job and it’s no surprise that 71% of you are engaged in some sort of job search (In other words, you are unemployed and actively seeking work, employed and actively seeking work, or employed and open to a new job.) And 51% of employed people are actively job seeking or open to new opportunities!

So how are they going about it?

Mobile Devices Are Key

jobvite-2014-mobile-expectations-300x89The rise of smart phones and tablets means you have access to information on the go.  Almost a third (27%) of job seekers want to use their mobile device to apply for jobs.

And 43% of job seekers have used their mobile devices for “job seeking activities.”  They’ve logged in from their beds, in the restroom, while waiting for a bus/train and even while at work!

Job Seekers Updating Profiles and Searching For Jobs




15% of people surveyed said they updated their Facebook profiles from their mobile and 15% said they searched for a job on Facebook. Make note, the data says that younger job seekers are more likely to use mobile devices. This may explain why Facebook percentages are high.

The other point to note is that only 36% of job seekers are using LinkedIn (yet 94% of recruiters are active here!) I hope the Facebook users get the message!




Reasons Recruiters Dismiss Candidates

Good news (maybe) for the Facebook users sharing their “good, clean fun” side: more recruiters react negatively to profanity (65%) and grammar and punctuation errors (61%) than to reference of alcohol use (47%). Poor grammar, punctuation and profanity in updates are more damaging than posts mentioning alcohol.

Sources for Finding The “Dream Job”

jobvite-2014-recruiters-preference-300x250Pay close attention to this: Referrals ROCK!

When job seekers were asked how they found their favorite or best job, they credit personal connections! (Think friends, family, and people you know!)

This aligns with what recruiters have found too! 64% of high quality candidates are found through referrals. Don’t overlook social networks and corporate career pages, though: 59% of recruiters have found quality candidates on social while 59% credit their corporate career site.

What is your “a-ha” moment from reading this summary? While searching for work online, will you do anything differently?





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HannahAbout the Author: Hannah Morgan is a career sherpa, guiding new job seekers through the treacherous terrain of job search. If you are looking for no-nonsense advice, check out her site Career Sherpa, and follow Hannah on Twitter for the latest job search news and trends!


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