Companies that have embraced mobile job applications, such as McDonald’s, Macy’s and Frisch’s, say they can more quickly identify and match candidates to job openings. And job seekers, such as Teppe, say they can more conveniently search for jobs and decide which suit them best.
“It used to be you had to strap on a backpack, clean yourself up and scour the city for a job,” said Teppe, of Norwood. “Now you can sit in your house, get a coffee and, before you know it, 10 or 20 things come up on your phone.”
Explosion in mobile devices
Economists and recruiters say the move to mobile job applications is inevitable as millions more Americans every year make tablets and smartphones their preferred way to access the Internet.
The same hand-held devices that allow people to shop for books or a new pair of shoes are now helping them shop for a new job while they sit on the couch or ride the bus. And the change is happening fast.
Mobile devices represented 25 percent of online job searches last year, up from 1 percent in 2009, according to iMomentous, which develops mobile career sites.
Numbers like those are why some companies, especially big retailers and restaurant chains with thousands of employees, jumped into the mobile job market early.
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