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Chinese job seekers move to mobile job searching and applications


Updated: 14 Apr 2016

Chinese job seekers are increasingly using mobile devices when looking for a new job.  A survey of 510 Chinese candidates by recruiting experts Hays shows that job seekers still do most of their job searching on their desktop, but a growing number are using their smartphones.


In the survey 61 per cent of respondents said they do their job searching mostly by desktop but sometimes by mobile, while 27 per cent said they search mainly by mobile and sometimes by desktop. Only 12 per cent search for jobs on their mobile device.


“Job seekers still prefer to submit most of their job applications on their desktop computer as they have larger screens and keyboards than mobile devices, enabling the user to sit comfortably while applying online,” says Simon Lance, Regional Director of Hays in China.


“However, a growing number of job seekers now prefer to use a smartphone for job search activities because they can search for jobs anytime, anywhere.


“When job seekers find a job of interest on their smartphones, they will often wait until later to apply via a desktop computer,” says Simon. “This is because one of the current hindrances to applying via a mobile device is that most people do not have a copy of their resume stored on their smartphone.


“Furthermore, many job seekers are deterred from applying for a job if a company’s career site or job listings are not mobile optimised.”


But with demand growing for mobile services, the recruiter says that those companies without the ability to receive applications by mobile are increasingly at a disadvantage when competing for talent.


“Our research has shown that most job seekers have yet to make the shift over to doing their job searching by mobile. However, once job seekers believe it is no longer difficult to apply for jobs on a mobile device, searching and applying for jobs on a smartphone is likely to become the new normal.”


So how can job seekers currently use their mobile to apply for jobs? According to Hays, the answer lies in the cloud. “When candidates update their resume on their desktop, they should not forget to update it on any of the online cloud storage solutions or online job sites they’re using. From job sites it’s easy to access a number of different versions of your resume and apply for jobs from an app or a mobile website,” says Simon.


“At Hays we have a dedicated mobile-friendly website, allowing job seekers to search for the most up-to-date job opportunities while on the move. Users can search for roles by location, keyword, salary and job type, and are able to view job specifications and then apply online quickly and efficiently, all using their mobile phone.


“The site is particularly useful for candidates who don’t always have immediate access to a PC but are looking for their next role. The site simplifies the online application process and candidates are also able to share jobs via LinkedIn, email or other channels, manage and create job alerts as well as find Hays offices with the mobile app.”


Not using a cloud solution? Now’s a good time to get started!


In China Hays operates from four local offices: Shanghai, Beijing, Suzhou and Guangzhou.


Hays, the world’s leading recruiting experts in qualified, professional and skilled people.


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About Hays

Hays is the leading global specialist recruiting group. It is the expert at recruiting qualified, professional and skilled people worldwide.


Hays Specialist Recruitment  (Shanghai) Co., Limited ("Hays China") operates across the public and private sector, dealing in permanent positions. Hays China’s eighteen specialisms span Accountancy & Finance, Banking, Architecture, Construction, Education, Engineering, Executive, Finance Technology, Human Resources, Hays Resource Management, Information Technology, Insurance, Life Sciences, Manufacturing & Operations, Oil & Gas, Property and Sales & Marketing.


Hays China operates four local offices in Shanghai, Beijing, Suzhou and Guangzhou. It is the local representative office for Hays plc, which is a global company. As at 30 June 2014 the Group employed 8,237 staff operating from 237 offices in 33 countries across 20 specialisms. For the year ended 30 June 2014, Hays placed around 57,000 candidates into permanent jobs and around 212,000 people into temporary assignments. 24% of Group net fees were generated in Asia Pacific.


Hays operates in the following countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Chile, China, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UAE, the UK and the USA.