The Modern Job Seeker Report
Consumer Technology Trends Are Transforming the Hiring Process
Key findings from the report include:
How Job Seekers are Researching Companies Before Applying
- The content that is most important to job seekers when researching a potential company to work for include employer reviews (37 percent), textual content on a company website (24 percent) and company publications or products (24 percent).
- Seventy percent of workers have searched for a new job while at work.
- Nearly 1 in 3 workers have declined a job offer primarily because the company had negative online employer reviews.
The Importance of Social Media and Peer Referrals
- Social media is more than just a millennial trend. Ninety-four percent of all working Americans surveyed would visit a company’s social media page when searching for a job.
- The top social media apps for job searching include LinkedIn (56 percent), Facebook (54 percent) and Glassdoor (34 percent).
- Eighty-six percent of workers expect to be happier at a job they were referred for than one they were not referred for.
- Sixty percent of employers believe referrals bring in candidates that are a better fit for the company.
The Technology Capabilities Job Seekers Expect
- Job seekers expect the same ease of use and functionality they see in apps and websites they use every day when searching and applying for a job. When searching for a job, people want to visit job search sites that allow them to: Instantly mark jobs of interest (54 percent); receive recommendations based on job preferences and resume (53 percent); and input salary requirements and enable employers to reach out directly (53 percent).
- Sixty-six percent of working Americans, including 82 percent of millennials, expect every company to have a mobile-friendly career site and job application process.
- The majority of working Americans (85 percent) believe the popularity of mobile job search applications means they would have to act quicker than ever to be considered for a position.