The modern human resource department must move to an online method of bringing applicants in. However, it is no longer just necessary to focus on Internet-based application methods. Rather, it is even more necessary to offer mobile recruiting options. Mobile recruiting allows individuals using smartphones and tablet computers to access potential employer websites from their devices, locate available jobs for that company, and to submit applications immediately. Why does this matter?The Growing TrendOne of the most important reasons to focus on mobile recruiting as an HR department today is because of the dependency that people have on their mobile connectivity. For example, one study indicates that as many as 91 percent of all United States citizens have their cell phones within immediate access to them. When considering all Internet users, a massive 25 percent of them say their sole method for accessing the web is through their mobile devices.A Business Needs ItTo remain competitive, businesses must reach potential applicants where those applicants are. One of the hiring challenges for 2013 will be finding methods to connect with key applicants through mobile devices. Creating a strategy that allows potential applications to browse employer websites, find pages with positions available, and to apply directly is a must. Optimizing a website to ensure an applicant can apply for a position on those tiny screens and keyboards is not always as easy as it sounds. Yet, it is a step employers need to take to bring in key applicants.What to ConsiderWhen considering mobile recruiting methods, keep in mind the importance of turning to an application method that streamlines the process. Long, typed answers are not often possible in this environment. However, individuals can easily submit their social media names and provide links to resumes and profiles. This may not seem like enough, but this is the information that most HR departments need to have anyone to get a good sense of who their candidate is.Though many businesses are just getting their hiring process started online, it is time to think about mobile recruiting. To find key applicants who have mobile devices in their hands, you need to be able to connect with them over the mobile network. Do not shy away from using mobile recruiting as a method for managing applications. It may be the perfect opportunity to reach a new audience of top notch professionals and prospective employees you have yet to tap.