Mobile Matters This Year for Holiday Hiring in the Retail Industry

Summer is the Time for eCommerce Tune Up Before The Holidays HitA new survey report, 6 Tips to Score a Part-Time Job in Retail During the Holidays, released by iCIMS, Inc. — a provider of cloud-based talent acquisition solutions — shows that many retail employers will be paying their temporary employees an average of $13.37 an hour (twenty percent will be paying $15 an hour or more — much higher than the average minimum wage in the U.S. — making these temporary positions more attractive).

But escalated wages aside, the real story here in the mobile world is that retailers are seeking more mobile advantages in the hiring process.

The new report report in question indicates that hiring managers want more mobile assistance as they pursue part-time help in retail positions during the holidays.

In particular, the provides insight on the top technologies on retail hiring managers’ wish list to streamline their holiday hiring process.

Mobile job applications and a mobile app for hiring managers to view pending tasks remotely were cited as some of the top tools that hiring managers think will be the most effective to help hire temporary employees, along with an online interview scheduling system that syncs with email and calendar applications.

“Hiring managers also expressed interest in recruitment marketing software to send automated emails and social media posts, and video interviewing and video cover letter software to make holiday hires more quickly and effectively,” the report summary reads. “Among hiring managers who currently use an applicant tracking system (ATS), 100 percent agreed that their company needs to do more to integrate mobile recruiting technology into its current ATS.”

“With 48 percent of retailers planning to hire more seasonal workers, employers should not only rely on hiring software and recruitment marketing technologies, but offer unique perks to attract and retain talented temporary workers,” said Susan Vitale, chief marketing officer at iCIMS. “We wanted to provide employers with the tools and tips they need to make hiring decisions for the holidays, as retail and online sales are expected to be higher than last year’s sales.”

Job seekers looking to get hired this holiday season can view the full report here, and employers looking to enhance their holiday hiring process can reference these tips.