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The next 'sea change' in recruiting: Mobile

Sharon Florentine | Dec. 8, 2014
The way today's tech talent looks for work is changing. Prospective employees are using their mobile devices to connect with employers more than ever and this trend is expected to continue. Does your organization have a mobile recruiting strategy?

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Successful recruiting is about making connections with candidates on their own terms -- if those terms include being able to search for and apply to open positions on their mobile device, you'd better have a mobile presence or candidates will pass you by.

"Remember how quickly Internet adoption took hold in the 1990s? Mobile technology adoption is on pace to far exceed those adoption rates," says Dan Finnigan, CEO of career networking and recruiting site Jobvite.

"The majority of Internet usage is initiated via mobile for the first time ever. Mobile is a major sea change for all Internet behavior; any business that has an Internet component has to consider the impact of mobile and recruiting is no different," says Finnigan.

Jobvite's own research reveals that 55 percent of the 1,855 recruiters surveyed for their annual Social Recruiting Survey plan to use a mobile career site to support recruiting efforts, and of those that already have a mobile recruiting strategy in place, 14 percent are seeing reduced time-to-hire and 13 percent report finding higher-quality candidates.

Invest in a Mobile Recruiting Strategy
The first step to boosting your mobile recruiting strategy is making sure your first point of contact, a mobile recruiting site, is up to par. Your mobile interface is often the first thing candidates see, so it must be easy to navigate, clean and user friendly.

"Right now, mobile job sites are so ugly and clunky. Our clients who are head of the curve are already reaping the benefits of mobile recruiting technology, but there's going to have to be a widespread push for new, reconfigured career sites that are optimized for mobile or organizations will lose out," says Finnigan.

You also should make it simple for candidates to apply for positions using their mobile device, or to refer other qualified candidates. This is especially important for passive candidates who are currently employed and who may not be able to access recruiting sites on their desktop or laptop, but who access social networks on their mobile device.

"We've included a feature on our own mobile site that allows candidates to apply with either their Jobvite profile or their LinkedIn profile. Candidates can also take a picture of their resume and upload it. It's not difficult to add these tools, but they make a big difference for candidates," Finnigan says.

Leverage Mobile in Conjunction With Social Networks
Social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and others have become recruiting powerhouses. In fact, 70 percent of iPhone and Android users visit Facebook on their devices and more than 2 million jobs are listed on Facebook's Social Job Partnership application, according to this research cited by Forbes. LinkedIn, especially, is the ultimate mobile recruiting tool, and the social job connection site even has its own mobile recruiting playbook.


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