You may be enjoying a cup of coffee as you read this post on your iPad. Or, you may be walking to class and reading it on a smartphone. Either way, it’s evidence that our society is becoming more and more mobile. In fact, it’s estimated that 77% of job seekers are using mobile devices to conduct job searches and 24% of those people are college grads or entry level candidates.
What’s more, a recent survey showed that 4 out of 5 smartphone users are using an iPhone, Android, Blackberry, or Windows phone to conduct a job search. And considering that over 100 million people own one of those devices, that is a lot of searching!
With the rapid expansion of apps, job seekers now have more resources at their fingertips than ever. Sites like CareerBuilder and Monster have downloadable apps to alert you on up to the minute open positions in your area. LinkedIn also has an app that allows you to accept invitations to connect or read and comment on LinkedIn Group posts. Whether you’re eating lunch in the campus cafeteria or waiting for a movie to start in the theater, you can now build your network and search for jobs virtually any time, anywhere.
Corporate Mobile Apps
If you have your sights set on a specific company where you’d like to work, companies are starting to optimize their career web sites for mobile access to make the search process easy. A few companies have even developed a mobile app. Often these apps provide you with the ability to search for jobs but then you must return to your computer to actually apply for a job.
The good news is that this technology is quickly advancing. As a testament to that, Sodexo recently became one of the first companies to launch an app that allows candidates to apply to jobs directly from their smart device. Not only can candidates search and apply for jobs, but they can join our Talent Community and connect with the touch of a finger to our recruiting team through social media channels. The app is an incredible portal that provides a glimpse into the company’s culture, while allowing full access to our world, 24/7.
Even more, corporate apps like the Sodexo Jobs App provide company employees quick access to explore, build and grow their careers within their company. Corporate apps help make it as easy as possible for all candidates–both external candidates and internal employees–to help manage their careers and job search strategy.
As the mobile world continues to evolve, so will mobile recruiting. Today’s savvy job seekers have tremendous opportunities to be in the know about career opportunities much faster than just a short year or two ago. It goes without saying that mobile job seeking is convenient and quick.
Have you used a mobile app to search for jobs? Share your experiences! And, if you’ve tried the Sodexo Jobs App, we’d love your feedback.
Finally, a job search tool you can take and use anywhere.
Michele is a Senior Recruiter for Sodexo, a world leader in quality of daily life solutions that contribute to the progress of individuals and the performance of organizations. As a former assistant director at the University of Maryland University College’s Career and Cooperative Education Center, she’s no stranger to students trying to plan their careers. During that time, she worked with non-traditional college students to gain school credit for on the job work experience. Michele also taught seminars on job searching, resume writing and interview techniques, and partnered with local employers to help students gain employment. At Sodexo, she has continued her interest in shaping student careers by serving as a mentor to an intern in the company’s Future Leaders Program. Michele began her recruitment career in 1999, joining Sodexo in 2008 where she recruits for a range of food, facilities and environmental services positions. Michele holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland College Park (go Terps), is a charter member of a Baltimore area Toastmasters chapter, and a Certified Internet Recruiter (CIR) and Certified Diversity Recruiter (CDR). When not giggling with her two girls, Michele enjoys writing … and watching the Yankees win, much to the dismay of her husband. Join her on LinkedIn or just Network with Us at Sodexo.