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More people use mobile phones to apply for jobs
(23/02/2011 16:55:32)

An increasing number of people in the UK are using applications on mobile phones in order to search for jobs.

According to bosses at Jobsite, more phone users are searching vacancies and applying for jobs by utilising smartphone devices such as the iPhone or HTC Desire, the Recruiter reports.

It is such capabilities that lead more people to consider mobile phone recycling in order to snap up the most technically advanced handsets at the expense of their old models.

According to Jobsite senior marketing manager Darren Sher, the number of people using a mobile device to access the firm's website grew by 200 per cent in the past 12 months.

He told the publication that eight per cent of the company's online traffic is generated through the use of mobile technology.

In many cases, jobseekers are using applications on the Apple iPhone and Windows Phone 7 devices, while a Jobsite Android app is also imminent.

Of all the firm's mobile-based services, 46 per cent were said to be accessed via the iPhone, although there has been a marked increase in the number of people using Android-powered phones to access Jobsite facilities.

Mr Sher said that he was surprised by the number of people directly applying for jobs via their mobile phones.

"More people apply for jobs via mobile than add them to their shortlist," he remarked.

"Originally we thought they would be more likely to 'add to shortlist' and apply later via the desktop."

Email alerts telling subscribers when jobs applicable to their skills set have become available have also proven popular among jobseekers.

These revelations follow a prediction made earlier this month by an HR director that mobile technology would revolutionise the recruitment industry.

Ochre House's Paul Daley suggested that more people would look to sell mobile phones that were deemed outdated and did not have the capability to cope with users' need for quick access to recruitment websites.

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