Finding your perfect dream job is hard, but now applying for it doesn’t have to be. Smartphone and tablet adoption along with increased high-speed Internet access are making mobile devices a serious rival to laptops and desktops as the primary method for Internet browsing and communication. Smartphones are becoming the main online activity medium, and are increasingly used to search the web, watch videos, get news, check email, and connect on social media. In short, mobile users are constantly connected.
Think about your own morning routine. The first thing many people do is grab their phones, and most of us keep them within reach throughout the day. Considering the omnipresence of mobile devices, the online recruiting experience including employer career sites and application processes are being designed with the mobile user in mind.
An article on Mashable.com states that mobile can be advantageous in your job search. To explain why, Susan Vitale, chief marketing officer at iCIMS (that’s us!), was quoted in the article saying, "Applying via mobile is designed to help the candidate more than the employer. As the economy has improved in recent years, more and more workers are considering changing jobs. Essentially, the goal [with mobile job applications] is to make sure that when you do see a job opportunity listed, you can apply right away (when you’re excited about it!) versus having to bookmark the site and come back to it once you’re back on your computer."
Still not convinced? Check out the answers to frequently asked questions from job seekers about applying for jobs on their mobile device:
In one sentence, tell our readers what your organization does.
iCIMS is a leading provider of talent acquisition software solutions for growing businesses.
Are companies really hiring so quickly that I need to apply using my mobile device?
As the economy has improved in recent years, more and more people are considering changing jobs,flooding the job market and creating an environment that is extremely competitive. Accordingly, serious job seekers need to be quick on the trigger when it comes to responding to job openings. Very literally, every second matters in the job hunt. We realize this at iCIMS and have prioritized the candidate’s experience by developing a convenient mobile application process.
How do I know if a company’s career site allows me to apply for a job using my smartphone or mobile device?
If a candidate goes on to a company’s mobile optimized career site, the actual site itself should readjust to fit the screen of the mobile device. If a candidate is required to do a lot of left/right scrolling, then it is not mobile optimized. Usually when a career site is mobile optimized, the application process can be done easily on any smartphone or tablet.
This might sound really basic, but where does a person keep their resume (or pertinent work information) on their device so they can easily use it to apply?
There are multiple ways for candidates to access their resume or pertinent work information to facilitate a mobile job application. The first thing job seekers should know is the importance of maintaining an up-to-date LinkedIn profile. The best applicant tracking systems will allow the job seeker to create a profile with the employer using data pulled from LinkedIn.
Having an easily accessible resume or other pertinent employment documents is the job seeker’s next consideration. One option is that the candidate can store their resume and other pertinent documentation on their smartphone, if their technology permits. Alternatively, the job seeker can store a copy of his or her resume and other employment documentation in a Dropbox or Google drive account. Once the information is stored in Google Drive or DropBox, the candidate can easily upload their resume to the employer's applicant tracking system. The best applicant tracking systems will automatically parse data, including demographic information, work history, and education, from the job seeker's resume to minimize the manual data entry required in the application process.
I've heard a lot about using keywords and optimizing my application when applying online. Shouldn't I just wait until I get in front of a computer so I don't mess up my submission? Why or why not?
Again, considering the competition in the job market, job seekers should realize time is of the essence when it comes to applying for a job. That means that serious job seekers need to be proactive. Job seeker's must be diligent in maintaining updated resumes and LinkedIn profiles so that information can be used at a moment's notice. If you have all the materials ready for a job application and it's just a matter of submitting that information.
Name one advantage and one disadvantage to applying for jobs using a mobile device.
The mobile application process offers a huge advantage by allowing job seekers to apply for jobs anywhere, anytime. By having such convenient access, on-the-go candidates can be the first ones to find out about the latest openings and apply to them right away. That speed is extremely important in such a competitive job market.
The disadvantages associated with the mobile application process relate to how individual employers formulate the application process. If the employer requires a lengthy application that requires information beyond what an applicant tracking system like iCIMS can pull or parse, the mobile experience can deteriorate. At iCIMS, we consult with our customers on this exact issue and provide best practice tips on how to make their application process completely mobile friendly.
Last question: If a company accepts mobile applications, should I expect a faster reply?
Not necessarily; however, if the job seeker applies via the mobile device and is among the first to apply, there may be a quicker response because the application was at the very top of the application pile.