In a new Pew poll released this month, there are for the first time more smartphone owners (46%) than owners of non-smartphones (41%). In the same survey offered last May, only 35% of Americans reported having smartphones, showing explosive growth over a short time.
Smartphones have made my life a lot easier, turning what used to be a weekend trip into the office or bootup of a laptop into a quick look at my iPhone. That said, they’ve also removed one further barrier to an unhealthy non-stop job search. Even while away from home and the office, a job seeker can still conceivably job search from their smartphone.
Technology has made looking for a job easier than ever before, but it’s made actually finding a job harder. Job seekers are getting overwhelmed by how open-ended the job search is, both in terms of tactics (for example, online job postings) and time (night or day, 24/7).
Technology is very helpful in the job search if harnessed correctly. However, if technology like indeed.com or LinkedIn is viewed as a strategy rather than just a tactic in a larger strategy, it will quickly overwhelm a job seeker with decision anxiety and ambiguity.