IT recruitment specialist, Candle, has targeted IT professionals looking for jobs with the launch of a new mobile smartphone website (www.candle.com.au).
The site provides instant access to IT job listings plus the ability to ask questions or provide feedback.
Candle executive general manager, Linda Trevor, said the trend for people to access information instantly through smartphones had increased rapidly.
“There is an expectation whether you’re on a bus, train or even on the beach if you have a smartphone, you can do just about anything including finding a new job,” she said. “Time is essential for checking job opportunities because it’s become so competitive today.”
The site search menu allows the user to scroll through listings, email a job listing to themselves or a friend, ask questions or offer feedback directly to Candle via email.
Trevor said the company had committed to responding to all feedback within one business day.
“There have been a few iPhone apps but as competition intensifies in the smartphone market, a mobile website which suits all smartphones platforms including Android, iOS, Symbian, RIM’s Blackberry, Microsoft, and not just Apple’s iOS, caters to a much larger audience,” she said.
Trevor said used several major surveys to back up her claim mobile smartphone browsing was about to go through a significant growth spurt.
According to the results of International Data Corporation's (IDC) Q3 mobile phone tracker, Australian smartphone shipments rose 67 per cent year-on-year in Q3 2010, with over 60 per cent of new mobiles now being smartphones.
“And IDC is forecasting the Australian smartphone market will continue to grow steadily at a compound annual growth rate [CAGR] of 19.3 per cent throughout the 2009-2014 forecast period,” she said.
“A survey by the Australian Mobile Phone Lifestyle Index [AIMIA], reported 45 per cent of respondents visited a website on their mobile phone on at least a monthly basis, compared to 42 per cent last year. Those numbers are going to increase sharply over coming years.”