In our high-tech, modern internet age, life moves pretty fast. And no device helps us navigate the day-to-day struggles like a smartphone. It’s something that has become ubiquitous and indispensable, which is pretty remarkable considering it’s a device that didn’t exist ten years ago. Smartphones have changed the game for many industries. From scheduling to gaming, to watching and making movies, or taking your office on the road, we can do practically anything with a mobile phone nowadays — Even look for jobs.
Whether you are an employer looking to hire, or a candidate in search of a new job, mobile technology is impacting you. Smartphones make it easy to connect to job sites and see and apply to open positions. Many career sites that allow someone to store their pertinent details online now have smartphone apps to make looking at jobs even faster and easier. With the rise of internet browsing by mobile job seekers , we decided to parse through some of our recent traffic data and analyze what mobile job seekers are doing when they visit NewHire® jobs. Our conclusions have shown, mobile users are like window shoppers. Most candidates are “just looking” – and few are actually buying.
We’ve found that our mobile traffic has skyrocketed in the last year. But all that extra traffic is just people looking at job ads, and not actually applying. Our conversion rate* (the number of applicants divided by the number of candidate views) in that time has plummeted. Interestingly though, we’ve also found that people in specific jobs or industries are more predisposed to apply by mobile device.
Mobile candidate traffic, on jobs advertised by NewHire®, has exploded this year. In 2015 approximately 22% of candidate traffic was from Mobile. this year, through October 2016, that traffic has increased to almost 39%. of our total job seeker traffic. This increased mobile traffic is ALL JOBSEEKERS including people who only view applications AND people who actually apply.
When we dig deeper we see that mobile job seekers are window shoppers. They look but when it comes to applying for jobs on their mobile device, they are not buying. Our Mobile Views doubled this year compared to 2015. However those mobile viewers MOSTLY DID NOT CHOOSE TO APPLY TO THOSE JOBS ON THEIR DEVICE. In 2016, through October, we’ve had almost 300,000 views from Mobile devices, more than double all of 2015! However, our mobile Apply count for 2016 is just about the same as for 2015. Our 2016 Conversion Rate* for jobs has plummeted for Mobile traffic. There has not been been a noticeable increase in applicants to correspond with the increase in views.
But the story is more complicated. It turns out that some jobs attract lots of mobile applicants and others attract very few. People who DO apply to jobs from their devices are doing so in some interesting industries. The jobs with the highest Mobile Apply activity in 2015 and 2016 include those in the Medical field, those in Skilled Trade, Drivers, and Food Service Workers — these are all professions where someone doesn’t spend a lot of time sitting at a computer and probably won’t be filling out a job application that way.
Conversely, we noticed very low Mobile Apply activity for jobs including Executives, Managers, Engineers and Human Resources workers, who usually have better access to computers during their normal routines.
Why are Mobile users just window shopping? There could be any number of reasons. It could be related to job or industry or location. It could be that candidates are looking and then coming back and applying later on either a desktop computer, or on their device. Or it could be that mobile employment applications are only important for some jobs and much less important for others.
Tl;dr or Key takeaways on Mobile Jobseekers
- Mobile candidate traffic is rising and will continue to be important force in the employment market place in 2017.
- Many mobile applicants are just window shopping and not applying for work.
- For specific jobs including drivers, food service workers, skilled trades and medical – mobile is an important for capturing applicants. Be sure these types of jobs are advertising on mobile platforms and be sure you have a mobile optimized application process.
- For job in engineering, human resources or at the executive level mobile is much less crucial for capturing applicants.
- Views = the count of people who look at a NewHire® candidate landing page and application. This link is an example of an application.
- Applies = the count of people who submits an employment application to NewHire® for a specific employment opportunity.
- Conversion Rate = Applicants (Applies/ Views) people who successfully fill out a job application) / Viewers (People who view a specific Job application