Your Mobile Might Be Killing Your Chances of Getting a Job

Mobile technology is more advanced than ever, but job seekers risk losing out on recruitment opportunities when they apply via their mobile phones, new research has revealed.

Data from the popular job aggregator Jobmanji shows that mobile browsing has been steadily increasing since December 2014, and job seekers are now twice as likely to access the site from mobile devices, as opposed to desktop computers.

However, mobile technology has not kept pace with these developments, leaving a huge number of job seekers at a disadvantage.

Despite ongoing advances in mobile technology and their relative ease of use, job seekers may be better off using the ‘old fashioned’ method of applying for jobs on a computer - at least until these technical issues have been ironed out.

Jobmanji analysts have discovered three key mobile-only limitations which may prevent mobile users from getting the job of their dreams, as follows:

1. Redirects may lead users to sites which are not mobile friendly

Aggregator sites such as Jobmanji allow users to browse thousands of jobs before clicking on the positions in which they are interested. This brings them to a third party site, which will not necessarily have been optimised for mobile use.

Search engines and aggregators cannot control the way third party sites appear on a mobile display, and many of these sites are not mobile friendly. Mobile technology has come a long way - from the green screen operating system of the past, to the scaled down desktop operating systems which are now in place – but the huge range of devices, software, and touchscreen technology means that most sites are not fully optimised for all mobile users. This may result in missing information, jumpy images, or redirect loops – all of which can stand in the way of a job application.

While aggregators can ensure that their websites are mobile and user-friendly, they have no say over how these third party sites are run, and therefore can’t guarantee that users will be able to continue the application process via a mobile device.

With 70% of Jobmanji users accessing the site via smartphone or tablet (as of 1 January 2016), this could have a real impact on a lot of potential applicants.

2. You can’t upload your CV

Almost every single job will ask applicants to upload a copy of their CV as part of the application process. This can be done in a matter of seconds when using a desktop computer, but it is much more difficult on a mobile device.

Some candidates get around this problem by forwarding a copy of their CV to their email account, or taking a screenshot of each page on their camera phone. However, these shortcuts are always obvious and can appear unprofessional to employers, who may assume that you have rushed your application.

Furthermore, a lot of application forms don’t give you the option to email your CV across, but rather ask that you upload it onto the form itself. By the time the user realises this, they may have already spent a lot of time finding the job and filling out the application form (which is all the more time consuming when done on a mobile device), before realising that they can’t complete the process without starting again from scratch, on a desktop computer.

3. Applications can time out or expire while users try to apply via mobiles

A good job application takes time, and it can be a long and tiring process. So it can be extremely discouraging when you spend hours constructing a detailed application on a mobile device, then find that you are unable to complete the process due to a technical issue.

By the time the applicant is able to get to a desktop computer and re-write the application, the job may have been filled, or the listing may have simply expired.

Not only that, but the multiple functions of a tablet or smartphone mean that users risk losing all or part of their application – for instance, if they receive a phone call while filling out a form. This can cause the application form to time out, or reset to the beginning. Or worse – to be sent incomplete!

Technical issues are much more likely to occur with mobile devices, where the application site has not been fully optimised for smartphones and tablets. However, often these issues do not become apparent until the end of the process – for instance, when candidates are asked to upload their CV, or fill in a form which is not entirely visible on their screens.

THE DATA

Jobmanji’s exclusive user data proves that there has been a huge shift over the past three years, as job seekers increasingly rely on their smartphones and tablets when searching for new positions.

On 1 December 2012, 83% of the site’s visitors were using a desktop computer, while 12% accessed the site via mobile phone, and just 5% used a tablet.

By 1 January 2016, only 30% of users accessed the site via desktop, with 51% logging in from mobile phones, and 19% with tablets.

According to the data, the turning point was 1 January 2014 – the first time that mobiles devices overtook desktop users (39% desktop; 43% smartphones; 18% tablets). Since then, mobile use has continuously increased.

“Job seekers should be aware of the limitation of mobiles,” says Jobmanji co-founder Guy Baldwin.

“Our data shows that mobile job-hunting is on the rise, yet most mobile platforms aren’t able to support the application process.

“We have raised this issue with other job aggregators and they have noticed similar data trends. Job seekers need to be aware that – until technology catches up - they should be cautious when using their phones to apply for jobs.”

About Jobmanji

Jobmanji is a UK-based job aggregator which is committed to matching the right jobseeker with the right employer.

It compiles recruitment information from job boards, agencies and companies in one place, indexing thousands of jobs every day for positions in the UK, USA, Canada and Romania.

Jobmanji strives to make job seeking as user-friendly and easy as possible.

Jobmanji was co-founded by former recruiters Jacob Johnson and Guy Baldwin in January 2013.