We know mobility can make or break a business. But it’s not just the business sector that’s taking mobility seriously. According to the latest research, people are turning to their mobile device more than ever for career advancement. The crowded, competitive landscape of today is forcing applicants to act faster and more efficiently to tap opportunities on the go.
As part of a recent survey in the United States, Pew Research has found that 34% of job seekers say the information they found online was the most important resource available to them in their job hunting. Personal and professional networks fell behind (20%) as the second most important job resource. A total of 45% of recent job seekers indicate that personal or professional contacts of any kind – both online and offline – were the most important resource they tapped in their last search for employment. Here’s where it gets interesting. Half of respondents used their smartphone to fill out a job application form, and 23% have used their smartphone to create a resume or cover letter from scratch.
The people who most frequently use their mobile to apply for a job are young (18-29) go-getters who don’t rely on word of mouth, acquaintances or personal references. This includes calling a potential employer on the phone or emailing someone about a job.
- Smartphone job seekers encounter problems like accessing content that doesn’t display properly (47%)
- 13% say their social media presence has helped them find a job, but many more (35%) look for jobs online, both successfully and unsuccessfully
- 32% (also) relied on government or private employment agencies in their most recent job search
- 32% (also) used ads in print publications
- 28% (also) used events such as conferences or job fairs
- 7% cite connections with acquaintances or friends-of-friends as their sole job-hunting medium
- 5% cite employment agencies as their only job hunting medium
- 5% cite job fairs and other events as the only way they look for jobs
- 4% only use print ads
Talking about people relying on online resources to land a job interview, here at 4PSA we want to make it easier for people interested in joining our team. Because people need more than a job description and an Apply button to send their resume. That’s why we share our values and our culture, we talk about our team, our workplace and the tools we’re working with – to help them make a well-informed decision from their first visit to our website. And when people do hit that Apply button, they’re in for more good stuff. They can take test their skills and knowledge on the job online. It’s the most efficient way for them to get a better idea on the job they want, and for us to know them better.