How Generation Z is transforming job seeking with smartphones

Young job seekers are using their smartphones to hunt for jobs and changing the way it is done in the process. According to a recent Pew poll, 47 percent of those who use smartphones to job seek say it is very important for their job hunt and 37 percent describe it as somewhat important. Recruiters are also recognizing the increasing importance of smartphones for job hunts, with 37 percent of U.S. companies now using mobile career sites as part of their recruitment efforts, according to Jobvite.

All that being said, here are a few ways smartphones are bringing employers and young job seekers together.

Job Hunting

Young job seekers frequently search for employer information on mobile devices, such as a Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge or iPhone 6s. Over 90 percent of job seekers who use smartphones for job seeking use them to browse jobs online, according to Pew’s research. And 45 percent of job seekers use their smartphones to look for jobs at least once a day, reports a Glassdoor survey.

Job seekers who use their smartphones favor social media as a source for job opening information. Facebook is the most popular resource for job seekers, according to Jobvite. Close behind, 45 percent of job seekers use Twitter and 40 percent used LinkedIn. However, despite Facebook being favored, 62 percent of job hunters believe LinkedIn is the best place to look for a job, according to iCIMS.

Building Online Profiles and Resumes

Another way young job hunters are using their smartphones is to build online profiles and resumes. Pew’s research shows that 23 percent of smartphone job seekers have used their phone to create a resume or cover letter. And Jobvite found that 30 percent of millennial job seekers have used their smartphones to update their social media profiles to showcase their professional credentials.

Submitting Job Applications

Young job seekers are also using their smartphones to submit job applications. Kelton Research shows that 70 percent of active job search candidates want to be able to apply for jobs via mobile and 55 percent of job seekers want to be able to upload their resumes to employer career sites. Half of mobile job seekers have used their smartphones to submit online job applications, according to Pew. In some cases, online profiles and resumes are serving the function of traditional resumes for application purposes, and many job seekers expect employers to let them use LinkedIn profiles and online resumes to apply for a job.


Young job seekers are using their smartphones to arrange and participate in job interviews. Pew claims that 87 percent of mobile job seekers have used their phone to call a prospective employer. Mobile job seekers are also using their phones for video interviews with apps like Skype, which they say they prefer to other types of interviews. Video interviews are most common in software and technology industries, where 31 percent of job seekers have experienced a Skype or video interview, according to Jobvite.

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