Jobvite Introduces Mobile Career Site Service

Jobvite mobile resume screenshotJobvite cut the ribbon this morning on a mobile career center service that if the reality is as cool as the screenshots, is at once simple and convenient, and brings mobile recruiting about as close to what job seekers want as any service now out there.

This is not an app, but a full-fledged career site tool that is specifically configured for mobile users, particularly those who job search on phones and small screens. Instead of merely shrinking down a full-sized site or abbreviating what already exists, Jobvite has considered the usability issue, which is one that is ignored by too many employers.

Too many sites do little more than use responsive design to make tiny their desktop designed site. All that does is make the multiple form fields that are merely annoying on a full-sized monitor frustrating and painful to fill in by thumb on the small screen. It’s a sure way to turn off all but the most active of job seekers.

Jobvite’s mobile service limits the fields to the basics — essential contact info. Jobvite screenshot 1And that comes after the resume, which itself is even easier to submit. A pulldown gives applicants several choices for accessing their resume.

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If they’ve ever applied for a job with a Jobvite customer, seekers get offered the opportunity to use that resume. Other choices include using a resume stored on Dropbox, their LinkedIn profile, or a resume stored on their phone.

Jobvite didn’t have any sites to point to in advance of this morning’s beta release, so I can’t say how this works in actual use. But the screenshots and information Jobvite’s PR agency sent along suggest it’s going to be a winner among job seekers.

John Zappe is the editor of TLNT.com and a contributing editor of ERE.net. John was a newspaper reporter and editor until his geek gene lead him to launch his first website in 1994. He developed and managed online newspaper employment sites and sold advertising services to recruiters and employers. Before joining ERE Media in 2006, John was a senior consultant and analyst with Advanced Interactive Media and previously was Vice President of Digital Media for the Los Angeles Newspaper Group.

Besides writing for ERE, John consults with staffing firms and employment agencies, providing content and managing their social media programs. He also works with organizations and businesses to assist with audience development and marketing. In his spare time  he can be found hiking in the California mountains or competing in canine agility and obedience competitions.

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1 Comment on “Jobvite Introduces Mobile Career Site Service

  1. Since candidates are frequently advised to tailor their resumes for a specific opening, I wonder when mobile recruiting apps will allow applicants to do just that.

    I’m concerned because I especially feel for employers who say they are inundated with resumes that aren’t at all qualified for specific positions. If the technology makes it that much easier to apply and submit resumes, how can we guarantee quality of applicant also goes up?

    Mobile has the potential to increase the speed to make matches. Then again, it may exponentially exacerbate problems that started with widespread adoption in the 90’s of Applicant Tracking Systems.

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