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Nov 29, 2013

How Mobile Devices Affect the Job Market

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How Mobile Devices Affect the Job Market
The job market is surely strange and navigation must be learned by trial and error. There are many tools to use and many educational materials, but nothing aids learning like failing and then finding a better way. Prospective employees are not the only ones who have to learn "tricks of the trade". Employers sometimes miss out on large numbers of candidates because they are simply not looking in the right area.


There has been a huge increase in mobile job seekers in the past year. In fact, over half of those who are actively searching for a job are using mobile devices to view, browse and apply for those jobs. For those companies who are not up-to-date with the latest mobile technology, there is a vast number of lost candidates. This could mean the difference between finding the right fit for the job as opposed to finding a "doable" candidate. This does make a difference in the larger picture for technology.

Smartphone Job Search: Millennials Going Mobile to Find Their Next Gig [Infographic]
Smartphone Job Search: Millennials Going Mobile to Find Their Next Gig [Infographic] by experience.com


The mindset of the mobile user



It has become apparent that the mobile user is much more in tune to the job market than even those who use their home desktop system to find a job. The mobile devices generally are much easier to navigate thus keeping the individual more interested in finding the right job opportunity. Studies have shown that mobile job seekers have spent 25 percent more time on job sites than those who do not use the mobile applications.


Not only is the mobile job search reaching a large increase of users, but the users are generally those interested in administrative jobs and jobs in healthcare. These positions are highly sought after jobs that require more than just an entry level application. Those who are serious about their future and see their jobs as actual careers are the ones who are using the mobile devices for the most part. They are also the ones who are out and about and are more interested in taking the next big step in their future.


Another strange statistic would suggest that these job hunters are taking the search as their first priority of the day. As opposed to those who search via home internet at around 10 a.m., the mobile users are hitting the devices between 8 and 9 a.m. and being the first ones to catch the new job openings.


These job seekers are also doing most of their search time at the early part of the week, the highest volume on Monday and tapering off by around Saturday.


What does this really mean for employers?



For employers this may mean very little, especially if they are up-to-date on technologies advances. For those, however, that are relying mostly on the traditional ways, they may be missing out on some of the best candidates who have advanced with technology. This may simply mean that the more advanced the company is, the better the quality of employers that this company can attain.


This doesn't hold true in all aspects and is just one area of determination when it comes to finding the right prospect for the job. There are many other factors that come into play when it comes to hiring the best candidate. The thing is, if you the employer wants the best chance at the best qualified individuals, the best bet is get updated as soon as possible. This will only weed out the serious candidates and give the employer a better view on what options they have remaining to them. Picking the best employee is not only a wise decision, it is the only choice.

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