How Mobile Technology is Changing the Staffing and Recruiting Industry
The world of mobile technology has taken off, which is impacting a wide variety of industries.
According to the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, 91 percent of adults own a cell phone, 56 percent of Americans own a smartphone and 34 percent own a tablet computer. Another 26 percent of American adults own an e-reader. It’s easy to say that mobile technology is taking off, but how is this change impacting the staffing and recruiting industry?
Introduction of mobile-ready technology solutions
More staffing and recruiting firms are beginning to support the inclusion of mobile-ready recruiting software and practices in everyday ways. The faux pas of keeping a cell phone out during a meeting or on a desk has been erased in many work environments. According to a 2012 survey from CareerXroads titled, “The Evolving World of Mobile Recruiting,” more than half (about 54 percent) of staffing companies are now providing or subsidizing their recruiters and hiring managers’ mobile phones as an important business expense. In addition, nearly four in five (79 percent) of recruiting companies are conducting mobile-related staffing practices to better connect with job seekers – prospects and candidates. That’s up from 68 percent in the first CareerXroads mobile recruiting survey conducted in December 2011.
Other recruiting software technologies are becoming mobile accessible to better promote efficient practices. Staffing and recruiting software is now being made to promote greater usability with an intuitive web-browser interface which is mobile accessible. Staffing professionals can target the recruiting software solutions they want to access with a few finger swipes and a click of a button on a smartphone or tablet for streamlined production. Increase productivity and boost success with a variety of mobile-ready tools that are designed with a staffing professional’s responsibilities in mind.
Making job posts accessible to mobile users
Staffing and recruiting professionals are hardly blind to the growing mobile trend, which is why more and more jobs are being posted online on mobile-friendly sites and applications. Developers are creating mobile applications that make it easy for users to search and apply for jobs from their smartphones or tablets.
“Job searching is very ‘transactional,” said Vasu Nagalingam, senior product director for Consumer at Monster. “Job seekers typically visit job boards at frequent intervals for new jobs. The mobile-savvy audience is discovering their mobile phone to be the perfect channel for this type of behavior. Supporting these changes is critical to maintaining a healthy candidate pipeline.”
Nagalingam went on to say that the next generation of workers will find the ability to apply for jobs or research potential positions right from their mobile devices especially appealing.
“The emerging workforce is a popular group of mobile Internet users,” he said. “Employers who want to target this emergent workforce should review their recruitment plans and incorporate mobile recruitment strategies to increase their recruiting efficiency.”
Mobile recruiting is changing everything about the way staffing professionals find and research qualified candidates for positions. Candidates can fill out portfolio questions, take personality questionnaires for preemptive testing and provide sample work right from their mobile devices. Smartphones and tablets even allow for recruiters to use video conferencing and recorded interviews to be embedded in staffing software and recruiting software personnel databases for later review. Recruiting software and technology is continuing to advance and change the way recruiters handle day-to-day tasks; a professional needs to stay mindful of this, while remembering key drivers behind the industry – strategic and personable staffing that achieves results.