Growing numbers of jobseekers are hunting on their mobile devices.
Growing numbers of jobseekers are hunting on their mobile devices.

Jobseekers go mobile in hunt for work

WE USE smartphones for pretty much everything - banking, entertainment, navigation, the occasional phone call - so what role do our devices play in job seeking?

According to the recruitment experts at Hays, it's an increasing one, but is still hampered by not insignificant barriers.

Nick Deligiannis, managing director of Hays in Australia and New Zealand, said jobseekers tended to split their online hunt between their devices and desktop.

"A growing number of jobseekers now prefer to use a smartphone for job search activities because they can search for jobs anytime, anywhere," he said.

"When jobseekers find a job of interest on their smartphones, they will often wait until later to apply via a desktop computer.

"This is because one of the current hindrances to applying via a mobile device is that most people do not have a copy of their resume stored on their smartphone.

"Furthermore, many jobseekers are deterred from applying for a job if a company's career site or job listings are not mobile optimised."

But with demand growing for mobile services, the recruiter says that those companies without the ability to receive applications by mobile are increasingly at a disadvantage when competing for talent.

"Our research has shown that most jobseekers have yet to make the shift over to doing their job searching mainly by mobile," Mr Deligiannis said.

"However, once jobseekers believe it is no longer difficult to apply for jobs on a mobile device, searching and applying for jobs on a smartphone is likely to become the new normal."

Hays surveyed more than 1100 Australians, and found jobseekers still do most of their job searching on their desktop, but a growing number are using their smartphones.

In the survey 73% of respondents said they do their job searching mostly by desktop but sometimes by mobile, while 25% said they search mainly by mobile and sometimes by desktop.

Mr Deligiannis said comfort and convenience were also determining factors.

"Jobseekers are still submitting most of their job applications on their desktop computer as they have larger screens and keyboards than mobile devices, enabling the user to sit comfortably while applying online," he said.