How The Job Search Process Has Changed

Ahem, The Job Search Process Has Changed

Remember when it was common for companies to hang a “Help Wanted” sign in their storefront when they were looking to hire? Ya, a lot sure has changed in the last ten years. In today’s fast technological times, where one can order a car or food instantly from their smartphone, it’s hard to fathom the job search process of the past. Thankfully, modern technology has changed the job search process for the better. However, how job seekers apply isn’t the only thing that has changed.

What Else Has Changed?

Jobs Are Now Online

The internet has revolutionized how job seekers and companies interact in the last decade. Job seekers can now access dozens of opportunities in just a few clicks of their mouse. Gone (but not forgotten) are the days of the “Help Wanted” sign.

Job Seekers Are Now Applying From Their Phones

The smartphone has enabled job seekers to easily apply for a job within seconds with minimal effort. While it’s a wonderful thing for candidates, this has created yet another issue for HR managers to overcome to continuously attract top talent. In short, companies have had to Go Mobile or Go Home. Making career pages mobile-optimized has become essential to attract quality candidates and rank higher in search results thanks to a clever algorithm put in place by Google.

Job Search Engines Offer More Opportunities

A decade ago, job boards like Monster and CareerBuilder were the go-to platform for job seekers. However, with the rise of platforms like Indeed job seekers now can search instantly across multiple company career pages with just one click of their mouse…err… smartphone.

How Employers Can Deal With The Ch-ch-ch-changes

So what can companies do to consistently attract superstar talent in today’s technology-driven job search process? Companies must make sure their virtual “Help Wanted” signs are seen on high-traffic job boards and then they must make it easy for applicants to apply from their phones by mobile-optimizing their job postings.

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The Importance of Indeed

Indeed is the #1 job site in the world with over 180 million unique job seekers visiting the site each month. So if your job postings are not on Indeed, think about the number of qualified candidates who are not viewing your jobs.

CareerPlug partners with Indeed to allow our users to advertise current positions directly on the site. Candidates will find your postings and click to apply via your CareerPlug account.

Here’s why we love Indeed:

Simple Search

The job search process can be incredibly overwhelming and tedious. With Indeed, a Google-like search engine for jobs, applicants find it easy to search. Applicants search by keywords, job titles, company name and by city, state or zip. And this is how it works for applicants around the world – no matter where they are, they search for what they want and where they want to do it.


Mobile Friendly 

In this market, more job seekers are using their mobile devices to search. Over 50% of Indeed’s traffic comes from mobile and their app has been downloaded over 46 million times globally. Employers who add Indeed Apply to their jobs make it easy for job seekers to apply through mobile.

Mobile job search is an essential part of the process since 59% of applicants believe they have a better chance of being considered if they apply as soon as the job posted. Applicants want the ability to search for jobs, save jobs, and receive alerts about job openings and Indeed’s mobile platform is built with this in mind.

Proven Results

Research has shown that Indeed is the leading source of external hires. According to a study by SilkRoad, Indeed is the primary source of interviews and hires with 52% of interviews and 54% of all external hiring coming from Indeed.


With the tracking and analytics on CareerPlug, we see the majority of hires made by our clients come from Indeed as well:


We are proud that Indeed is our partner in making hiring easier!

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Taylor Wilson is one of CareerPlug’s Dedicated Account Managers.