The first time I applied for a job, I printed out 20 CVs and walked into every company on my local business park, scoured the local newspapers for job openings and sat at my desktop PC, sending emails as to avoid the post. After about 3 weeks of hard effort, eventually someone noticed my CV, invited me for an interview and I was employed shortly after.

The last job I applied for I was in a well-known café drinking a cappuccino using the coffee shops free Wi-Fi. This time I was using my smartphone for convenience – from uploading my CV to searching for vacancies, and after only a couple of hours I started to receive email replies and telephone interviews. Within 2 days I had booked 5 interviews and within 1 week I was offered a Job.

So, what’s changed? The development and evolution of technology has had a huge impact on the way prospective employees and recruiters alike perform their jobs. The smartphone means that recruiters can not only advertise a job vacancy, but they can now email reply confirmation of the receipt of the application, assess the candidate’s CV and make telephone contact to progress the application, all in one day. This sort of immediacy really translates to happy clients as no one decides that they want to employ someone until the need has already arisen. Unfortunately, before smartphones this could be anywhere up to a month too late to find the correct candidate. The smartphone means that this process can now take as little a few days, with less paperwork and less time to administrate. This immediacy means recruitment companies can now fill job rolls in a shorter time frame, dealing with happier clients, resulting in greater added-value and a subsequent increase in revenue due to increased efficiency. The really exciting development is that when a job is advertised the potential employ can receive an email notification that a job has been added that fits their exact criteria and experience saving time for both employees and recruiters. When technology is used effectively with recruitment, it’s always a win-win.