"You are about to enter another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind..." — Rod Serling
How about a dimension where a majority of job seekers search AND apply for jobs from their mobile devices, yet only a small fraction of companies are enabled to allow this? Now that’s a scary dimension. And it’s the one we’re living in right now.
How’s this for frightening?
That’s truly terrifying. But wait, there’s more!
And how many of those job seekers given the option to e-mail themselves and apply later from their desktops? We don’t have the number for that one, but if we did...
The reality is, today’s job seeker is mobile. Not “increasingly” mobile, but mobile. They’re already there. Today's job seeker expects to not only be able to search for jobs via mobile, but to complete the entire application process from their devices. That’s not the Twilight Zone, that’s the truth.
And “getting mobile” isn’t just about making sure your career site fits nicely and looks good on a smartphone or tablet, that’s only the beginning. Today’s candidate isn’t going to be impressed by your so-called “mobile friendly” site if they are forced to complete the process from their desktop… if they even have a desktop anymore. The next generation of talent may very well ask, “what’s a desktop?” Think that’s hyperbole? Think again.
Some companies — not very many, but some — get this already, and have made the move to mobile optimize their entire hiring process. In a presentation at last month’s Mobile Recruiting Conference in Atlanta, the following companies were revealed as the cream of the crop in terms of mobile readiness:
These are the firms to benchmark against (4 of the top 6 are Jibe clients, btw). Check out what they’ve done, and don’t delay any longer. If you do, you very well could end up in another dimension… one where all the best candidates don’t even know you exist. Now that’s horrifying.