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How to Build a Workforce Marketing Recruiting Strategy with Mobile
I’ve often said that recruitment teams should plan their corporate recruiting strategies the same way that marketers plan for new product campaigns. This means doing a little, A LOT of recon and research so that your recruitment marketing campaign communicates the right message to the right audience at the right time. In my mind that’s where social media and mobile engagement strategies come into play with much of your research time spent evaluating these emerging markets in addition to the more traditional platforms like job boards, LinkedIn, and career fairs. More people own a mobile phone than a toothbrush these days which makes having a mobile HR and recruitment strategy an essential part of your overarching recruitment and HR engagement campaign. Mobile happens in real time and often includes interaction with multiple mediums at the same time.
70% are on tablet devices while watching television
47% are using their smartphone while commuting to work
In Q3 of 2011, 26.3 million mobile consumers viewed mobile video
59% are using their smartphone while waiting in general like waiting in line, or at the bank, or for a friend
Mobile Recruitment & Job Distribution for HR and Hiring Managers
Mobile doesn’t always mean a mobile app for your tablet, smartphone, or other mobile device. These are costly and require an app on multiple platforms including Blackberry, Apple, and Android among many others. Having a mobile careers page that is truly mobile ready in my mind is more strategic and smarter alternative if as an employer you are just looking for job seekers to apply online. The average mobile website takes five seconds to load, and in mobile years that is forever. Time is money and when it comes to our mobile devices users are extremely impatient. If your recruitment team is leveraging a mobile app, it needs to offer a suite of services meaning something more than just a place to search for jobs. Offer up job and resume tips or a free video resource library for job seekers for hard to fill positions in addition to allowing them to search for jobs online in a mobile friendly place.
Best Hiring Recruiting Practices for Generation Y
Companies need to consider the entire experience and how they can innovate when it comes to recruitment and workforce marketing using mobile. It is no longer enough just to post your jobs using a online jobs feed via a social network. It is much more complex than that. Recruiters must engage and build relationships with job seekers who are increasingly doing so on the go and using their mobile device. Mobile market penetration is increasing. You can see from the graphic above that the largest age group being 25-34 year old range followed by the 18-24 demographic. Add to the fact that mobile is quickly becoming our everything. It is the first person we communicate with and the last we talk to at night. In fact, 90% of Generation Y sleep with their smartphones. If winning a man’s heart is through his stomach, the new majority workforce’s heart is won through their mobile device. That’s the new best hiring practices for recruiting and engaging your millennial and generation y workforce. It’s done quickly and with mobile in mind.
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Jessica Miller-Merrell is a HR and Recruiting evangelist committed to demystifying the human capital industry. She's the founder of Blogging4Jobs.com & works with employers to disrupt their workplaces with HR & recruiting strategies and technology. Follow her on Twitter, @jmillermerrell and on Snapchat, @jmillermerrell.