Job Seekers Taking Their Job Search Mobile

Job search and recruiting are going mobile.

Leading job search engine SimplyHired.com has released its 2012 Mobile Job Search Outlook, a survey of current trends in U.S. mobile web activity and mobile job search.

The report also includes advice for employers using mobile technology for sourcing and hiring.

Managing a job search mobile devices is booming.

Managing a job search mobile devices is booming.

“Using mobile devices to find information has become a staple in our everyday lives and this is now naturally extending to job search–where we see 77% of job seekers utilizing mobile to look for a job,” said Gautam Godhwani, CEO of SimplyHired.com in a statement. “This report can help recruiters stay a step ahead and capitalize on this emerging trend as a way to interact with talent.”

As job search is becoming social, it is also going mobile, corresponding with the boom in smart phones and tablets like the iPad and greater accessibility Wifi or broadband cellular Internet connections.

Going Mobile

Wireless communications have become ubiquitous in the United Sates, where there were 322.1 million wireless subscribers as of June 2011, compared with 118.4 million subscribers in 2001, according to CTIA-The Wireless Association. Household penetration of wireless devices has risen from nearly 41% in June 2001 to 102.4% in June 2011, meaning that many households have more than one wireless subscription.

According to the SimplyHired report:

• 42% of all US mobile subscribers are using smartphones, and 44% in the UK, France,
Germany, Italy and Spain
• 19% of Americans own a tablet as of January 2012, compared to just 10% in December 2011

Data collected by the market research firm Aberdeen Group between October and December 2011 found that 73% of organizations surveyed were planning to use some sort of mobile communications technology as part of their recruiting and hiring. Recruiters and human resources professionals would like to be able to use mobile technology for everything from talent management to employee education, according to Aberdeen’s research.

By the end of 2012, the number of mobile-connected devices will exceed the number of people on earth, and by 2016 there will be 1.4 mobile devices per capita, according to the Cisco Visual Networking Index Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast Update.

There will be more than 10 billion mobile-connected devices in 2016, including machine-to-machine (M2M) modules-exceeding the world’s population at that time (7.3 billion),

It’s hard to argue with that kind of pervasiveness in communications. It’s likely we’ll see more job search and recruitment apps in the near future.

To that end, SimplyHired.com also released a suite of mobile job search tools, including an app for Android. The free mobile app is also available for iPhone and iPad.

Job seekers can search for jobs anywhere in the United States, view their job search history, save job listings, and share jobs via email–all from their smartphone or other mobile device. Mobile users can also access SimplyHired on-the-go by visiting the its mobile job search site.

Job Search on the Go
Being cooped up in your house or at the library in front of a computer searching for a job can become tiresome. Why not grab your beach towel and try job searching on your phone in some different scenery? We want to make job search more enjoyable. For that reason, SimplyHired is pleased to introduce a suite of mobile tools to meet your needs.
m.simplyhired.com: View Simply Hired from your mobile browser. You can search, view and apply to jobs from your phone. In addition, your recent searches are visible (saves you some extra typing) and you can email yourself jobs.

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