Job site, Indeed, has announced Job Spotter, what it calls the first mobile app designed to bring offline local job postings online, and help employers increase visibility of their local opportunities.In many parts of the UK, says Indeed, a large proportion of vacancies can only be discovered if jobseekers walk past a “Help Wanted” sign. The estimates in the UK alone, hundreds of thousands of jobs are only advertised in storefront windows. Since most people explore new career opportunities online, “We’re Hiring” signs may never reach the eyes of jobseekers.
By downloading the Job Spotter app, anyone can snap pictures of local job ads and upload them to Indeed. Jobseekers then gain access to openings they might only have stumbled across had they been walking past a shop.
The app launched in the US and Australia last summer, where users have uploaded over 800,000 jobs. Job Spotter is already the #2 source of mobile clicks amongst US jobseekers.
Commenting on the launch, Chris Hyams, President at global job site Indeed said: “The ‘help wanted’ sign has long been a staple of high street windows, and they’ve performed an important role in getting people into work. But our high streets are changing, and this means those signs aren’t as effective as they used to be. It’s time to rethink how people find local jobs. Job Spotter can help.”
Job Spotter was initially conceived as a project out of Indeed University, Indeed’s internal training program in data driven product design for software engineers that also functions as a new product incubator. Hyams continues: “Aggregating jobs was Indeed’s first innovation, and we’ve succeeded in becoming the world’s largest job search engine.”
He adds: “But we’re constantly looking for new ways to help people get jobs and improve their experience. That means seeding innovation within our organisation, creating a culture of entrepreneurship and always thinking about the next product with the potential for big impact. Innovations such as Job Spotter are exactly the sort of linchpin we believe can help bring job search into the 21st century.”