JIBE, a NY-based startup, has created a niche for itself as a mobile recruiting solution. According to Business Insider, JIBE signed on with Walmart eight weeks ago, which has 3,800 job openings and has 1/3 of its job board traffic from mobile devices. Before JIBE, Walmart didn’t have a way to help these people have an easy way to apply via mobile device. Joe Essenfeld, JIBE founder, said, “Most big companies have already built mobile apps and sites. But recruiting is a totally different function.” Visiting Walmart’s site on mobile redirects the user to JIBE. Resumes can be uploaded via Google Docs, LinkedIn, email, or Dropbox. Additionally, GPS tracking notifies users of nearby job opportunities.
A majority of the deals JIBE’s sales people sign are six-figures. Essenfeld noted that 250,000 people a month visit the mobile career sites that it hosts. He expects the visitors will reach 2,000,00 once more big-name clients are part of JIBE’s service. Last year, JIBE raised $6 million in Series A funding and a Series B fund is currently in the works. When JIBE first launched it was a web-based feature that helped applicants create better connections with HR managers, however the company soon realized there was a larger mobile opportunity available. Essenfeld said, “We built this product in 2009 without knowing it,” Essenfeld added. “It was totally by accident.”