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1 in 2 Candidates Spend 3+ Hours A Week on Mobile Job Search

At least half of job seekers with mobile devices spend three or more hours searching for jobs on their devices each week, according to CareerBuilder’s Candidate Behavior study.

If you want to break it down by device, nearly half (49 percent) of candidates use their smartphones and nearly 3 in 5 (59 percent) do so via their tablets.

The 2013 Candidate Behavior Study, a survey of 5,518 job seekers and 2,775 hiring managers nationwide, highlights the disconnect between what candidates expect during the job search process and what employers deliver.

What does this mean for you?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard the term “mobile recruiting” a LOT lately. It’s not a buzzword or a fleeting phase; it’s here to stay. Like mobile or not (and some people don’t), people can’t live without their mobile devices. It’s the first thing the vast majority of young people check before even getting out of bed every morning.

And that extends to the recruitment realm as well.

Mobile job search is growing at a rapid pace. Are you mobile-optimized? If not, you might be limiting yourself by not being truly accessible to the talent pool that’s out there.

Here’s a checklist to find out if you’re mobile-optimized and more information on the opportunities and advantages of mobile recruitment.

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Deanna Hartley

About Deanna Hartley

Deanna Hartley is a senior copywriter and community manager on the creative services team at CareerBuilder, where she writes about issues that are top of mind for employers and recruiters – including talent acquisition, employee engagement and retention. An avid social media user, Deanna is the face behind @CBforEmployers on Twitter as well as CBforEmployers’ Facebook and Instagram pages, so it’s easy to stay connected with her. Prior to joining CareerBuilder, Deanna was a senior editor for the Human Capital Media Group, publishers of Talent Management, Chief Learning Officer, Diversity Executive and Workforce Management magazines. Deanna holds a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. She loves caffeine, social media, pop culture and dogs – though not necessarily in that order.


  1. […] 1 in 2 Candidates Spend 3+ Hours A Week on Mobile – Deanna Hartley reviews CareerBuilder’s 2013 Candidate Behavior Study results–highlighting the difference between candidate and employers in the job search process. […]

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