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JIBE Accidently Finds a Successful Mobile Business

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November 13, 2012

JIBE Accidently Finds a Successful Mobile Business

By Brittany Walters-Bearden
TMCnet Contributor

New York-based company JIBE has successfully found itself a place in the business world by creating a successful Software-as-a-Service business. With the exception of an “apply” button on the business social media site LinkedIn (News - Alert), there has not been a practical way for individuals to apply for jobs using any of the booming mobile devices that are dominating the world today.

JIBE has made such a name for itself that retail giant Wal-Mart recently signed on with the company to post its 3,800 job openings. The founder of JIBE, Joe Essenfeld, has found that, "Most big companies have already built mobile apps and sites. But, recruiting is a totally different function."

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Wal-Mart has a branded site with JIBE that allows people, who use the Wal-Mart site to look for employment, to go directly to JIBE to look for a job. JIBE has created a user-friendly site that allows for someone to add their resume to an application by using Google (News - Alert) Docs, DropBox, LinkedIn, or e-mail. Once the application process is completed, JIBE uses a global positioning system to locate where the information originated from and show the user which jobs are available within his or her area.

Many large corporations are looking to JIBE to handle their mobile recruiting, as JIBE’s mobile human resources site is attracting more than 250,000 visitors a month. Once JIBE locks in more companies like Wal-Mart, they expect their site to have more than two million users per month.

The ironic story of JIBE is that it found its success purely by accident. JIBE was originally founded to help job seekers connect with human resource managers. 

Joe Essenfeld told Business Insider, "In our first product, we built technology that that added social connections to job applications for large companies. We used the foundation of that technology that interacts with large company's job applications to allow them to use the JIBE platform to accept job applications on smartphones and tablets. We built this product in 2009 without knowing it. It was totally by accident."

Edited by Brooke Neuman

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