Inside the Mind of the Modern Job Seeker

Lauren Small

Millennials have entered the working world in full force, bringing a new mindset when it comes to employer loyalty and applying for jobs.

For example, 45% of job seekers are satisfied in their current job, but are open to a new one. Half of employed job seekers see their current position as a placeholder for future growth opportunities.

Jobvite analyzed the recruiting landscape to determine exactly how many job seekers it takes to fill one position. The answer: 536 job post views.

One of the most surprising statistics is that only 11% of visitors to your career website will apply for the position. Most job titles make it obvious what the position entails. So why are only 11% applying?

One reason may be that 47% of people are searching for jobs on mobile devices, and over half of these job hunters devote 10 minutes or less per session to look for their next job. Consider, too, that applying for a job on a mobile device is nearly impossible. Candidates won't likely apply via phone and will save the search and apply later only if the position provides a better opportunity than their current role.

With the growth in mobile job searches comes the increase of using social media platforms to apply for jobs. Jobvite's Job Seeker Study unveiled that 67% of job seekers use Facebook, 45% use Twitter, and 40% use LinkedIn when looking for a new job.

Job seeking is now done in bed (47%), on morning commutes (38%), in restaurants (36%) and even in the bathroom (18%). Looking for jobs has become a new pastime for many.

Given the changing nature of the job hunt, maybe it isn't so surprising that only 11% of people who land on your job listing actually apply. In order to grab the attention of job seekers, make sure your job postings are optimized for mobile devices and easy to view on-the-go.

Platforms like ZipRecruiter make it easy to post jobs to multiple boards as well as to Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. Optimizing your reach will allow you to target qualified candidates, move them down the recruiting funnel faster, and ultimately find the ideal candidate for the job.

Interested in learning more about the recruiting funnel? Check out the original article by John Zappe, ERE Media's editor and media consultant.

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Lauren Small

Lauren Small


Lauren Small is a content and social media expert who writes about hiring, onboarding, and HR best practices. Lauren comes by her HR insight honestly, having observed the culture at diverse employers Amazon, HubSpot, and GoodHire’s parent company Inflection.

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