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Smartphones 'set for key role in recruitment'
(11/02/2011 15:56:44)

Anyone on the lookout for a new job could benefit from recycling mobile phones and signing up for a new handset, if one expert is to be believed.

Director of HR consulting and services at Ochre House Paul Daley explained that smartphones offer a user-friendly experience for people.

He described how individuals can simply open an app on their iPhone when they have free time and browse through the work on offer.

Mr Daley pointed out that some workers have a lot of time to kill while travelling on buses and trains, with such online programmes allowing them to make use of these periods.

But it will involve a person owning a smartphone of some kind, which may mean they need to carry out mobile phone recycling to upgrade to a model that has the capability to use the applications.

"If you look at what some of the job boards have done with their smartphone apps, and especially their iPhone apps, they've made their content available in a medium through which people can access it," said the Ochre House representative.

In his opinion, it is preferable for a person to peruse available positions on their phone than at a desktop computer.

Mr Daley noted that the mobile web offers an easy medium with which to communicate with companies and apply for jobs.

He predicted that smartphones will become more popular over the coming years, which may mean more people sell mobile phones that do not have up-to-date technology on them.

The expert claimed that people tend to replace their handset every year nowadays, so obsolete models will not take long to disappear from the market.

Last week, recruitment firm Monster unveiled its latest Employment Index UK, which indicated there has been a 15 per cent increase in online job demand since the beginning of 2010.

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