Daily News

View All News

Mobile job seekers find application process more difficult, take longer to fill

June 03, 2019

For mobile job seekers, the application process is significantly more difficult, according to a report by Glassdoor. It found mobile job seekers complete 53% fewer applications and take 80% longer to complete each application.

Mobile use by job seekers in the US is already common and becoming increasingly so. Glassdoor reported that 58% of its users look for jobs on their phone, and mobile job seekers tend to be women and less-educated workers. And while blue-collar workers are more likely to use their phone to look for jobs, every occupation and industry has a high share of mobile job seekers.

However, lower-income workers complete job applications at lower rates and take longer to complete each application on both mobile and desktop. It noted employers hiring for low-income jobs often ask many questions and for applicants to self-report skills and education to try to filter them, but this shifts the burden of applying to jobs disproportionately onto lower-income workers and those applying on mobile phones.

Applicant pools also shrink the longer it takes to complete a mobile application. The report found that reducing the time needed to complete an application by 10% results in a 2.3% increase in applications from job seekers using mobile phones and a 1.5% increase in job seekers using desktop devices.

Having a mobile-friendly job application process can help attract talent, according to the report. Mobile-friendly processes can increase the number of applicants by 11.6% at the expense of jobs from other employers that aren’t mobile-friendly, it said.

Comments

Add New Comment

Post comment

NOTE: Links will not be clickable.