Apply for a Job on Your Phone? Will You or Won’t You?






My colleague Robin Erickson, Ph.D. and I just completed a webinar called “Get Ready for 2015: Ten Top Actionable Talent Acquisition Trends.” In the question and answer period at the end, one of the almost 1,000 registrants asked about the ability to actually apply for a job via a smartphone:  Will it make the recruiter’s job harder or easier?

It’s a good question, isn’t it?  Is ease in applying for a job a goal?  If it is really easy, will recruiters just be flooded with junk applications?  Or should the act of applying be laborious enough that only the truly committed apply?  Is it different by industry? By age group?

A poll during the webinar showed that over a quarter of participants used mobile in the recruiting process—but we really don’t know how many supported the ability to apply with a mobile phone.  And this moves us to the broader consideration—how do we in human capital management (HCM) plan to use smartphones with not only applicants but also with our existing employees?

What is your company’s stance on HCM apps on smartphones?  Do you use them today? Will you add mobile aps in the year ahead?  Please let us hear from you!  Take this short survey (just a few minutes, promise!) on use and intended use of human capital related apps on Smartphones by clicking on the link below.


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Christa Degnan Manning

Vice President, Solution Provider Research Leader / Bersin, Deloitte Consulting LLP

Christa leads technology and service provider research for Bersin, Deloitte Consulting LLP. In this role, she helps businesses align their workforce support strategies with appropriate third-party software developers, service partners, and governance models. A 25-year technology industry veteran, Christa’s expertise assists organizations in creating functional capabilities and employee experiences that increase productivity, engagement, and workforce efficiency. Frequently cited by business and trade media, she has presented market research on business to business trends, leading practices, and expected challenges and benefits at industry and user conferences globally throughout her career. Christa has a bachelor of arts in English from Barnard College, Columbia University, incorporating studies at University College, University of London. She also holds a master of arts degree in English from the University of Massachusetts and has completed executive coursework on business metrics at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

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