Businesses that have not adapted to the increasingly mobile world could be losing out on talented job candidates, according to Monster.co.uk research. Just 39 per cent of UK businesses have a site dedicated to mobile and smartphone users. This is despite a third of job seekers using their mobile device to search for jobs and almost half use it to research potential employers.
This lack of mobile compatibility could reflect poorly on the employer’s brand, with 19 per cent of job seekers saying their view of a company has been negatively impacted due to an inability to apply using their mobile internet device. As a result, many job seekers could be dismissing prospective employers, simply due to an unfriendly mobile experience.
On the upside, one area that UK employers are increasingly embracing is social media, with 76 per cent of the employers saying they engage with job applicants via channels such as Twitter and Facebook. This approach clearly goes down well with job seekers, as 15 per cent of respondents said their view of an employer is positively impacted if they are able to engage with staff via social media. There is still a way to go, however, as the popularity of YouTube is being overlooked. Only 11 per cent recruiters use video content to engage with candidates.
Sinead Bunting, marketing director at Monster.co.uk, said: “In our increasingly connected world, job seekers expect to engage with employers through multiple channels, platforms and devices, rather than simply relying on a one-dimensional job advert or career site. Despite this, our research shows that a worrying number of recruiters are not embracing social media or mobile and are at risk of damaging their reputation and losing out on talented employees as a result.
?Employers need to ensure their approach to recruitment matches their consumer marketing. This means making the application process and jobs information available across a range of devices – including mobiles, smartphones, desktops and tablets otherwise they?ll find a new generation of job applicants will slip through the recruitment net.