When was the last time you searched for something on a desktop computer? Your phone? I bet your phone searches outnumber your desktop searches by a landslide.
Just the same, when it comes to looking for a job, more people are using phones than a desktop computer as a primary device. Of course, the laptop still comes out on top as the primary job search device, but it’s losing momentum, and the mobile phone is catching up fast.
According a recent study conducted by my team here at MedReps.com, in 2012, 59 percent of medical sales job seekers reported primarily using their laptop, and 11 percent used a mobile phone in their job search. Just two years later, that number is down to 44 percent using laptops, while mobile job seekers rose to 27 percent.
We are moving away from the desktop and laptops to a mobile, more social-media focused approach in the job search, and it’s changing things big time. As a job seeker, it’s important you are aware of these changes so you can stay ahead of the curve, particularly in highly competitive industries.
I predict this shift to mobile use will change the future of the job search the following ways:
People search for their jobs on phones everywhere. A Jobvite survey found 51 percent of 18- to 29-year-old job seekers search for jobs in bed, first thing before getting out of bed, or right before going to sleep. Twenty-three percent who change jobs frequently search in a restaurant. Even 14 percent of 18- to 29-year-olds search on their phones in a place we wouldn’t think about — the bathroom!
Mobile enables us to find the information we seek and communicate virtually anywhere anytime, so why not search for jobs in those moments of downtime? Everyone else is doing it, and the more frequently you check for job updates, the more likely you’ll virtually be in the right place at the right time.
The search will be continuous. With the advantages of mobile searching at our fingertips, we have opportunities to entertain our curiosity like never before. That means passive job seekers will be another segment of competition to look out for. People who already have jobs are looking at job opportunities on their mobile phones, and, according to Jobvite, 21 percent of them do it while at the office where they currently work.
You are no longer just competing with other unemployed job seekers on the job search. You are also competing with professionals who are already working in the industry who are open to new opportunities. To remain competitive, get active in the industry by joining groups on social media, network on industry-specific job search platforms, and keep up with industry trends.
Social media and job search apps will eclipse in-person networking. An IDC study reveals that people only spend 16 percent of time on smartphones, while 70 percent of time is spent using the Facebook app.
Social media and apps are slowly taking over the job search too. The MedReps.com survey shows 49 percent of people search for medical sales jobs using mobile apps. While LinkedIn and Indeed.com were close runnerups, the most popular was our own job search app, likely because it caters to job seekers searching specifically within that industry.
Since everyone is using mobile apps to search for jobs, the key to snagging a job will be keeping your search focused and industry-specific.
Texting recruiters will be the norm. Job alerts by text are not necessarily a novelty, but here’s some news: according to our survey, 31 percent of job seekers are texting with recruiters. Could you imagine receiving a job offer by text? At the rate this is going, that day probably isn’t too far in the future.
Job seekers will use their phones to video interview. Although the MedReps.com survey found that only four percent of job seekers use their phone for video interviews, that number is projected to grow with the rising popularity in video interviews. Research by the Aberdeen Group shows 32 percent of organizations used video interviewing in 2013.
Most video interview and chat programs offer mobile apps. Considering people spend nearly five hours each week watching video on their phones, it’s only a matter of time before a mobile video interview is as common as emailing a resume.
Digital, mobile, and social technology are changing many aspects of the job search. As long as you stay in touch with industry trends, you should have no problem staying competitive during your job search in the future.
What are some other ways you predict the job search of the future will change?
Michele P. Dambach is the Digital Marketing Specialist at MedReps.com, a job board which gives members access to the most sought after medical sales jobs and pharmaceutical sales jobs on the Web. Connect with Michele and MedReps.com on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.