Indeed, Canada’s #1 job search site, today announced the launch of Job Spotter, the first mobile app designed to bring offline local job postings online, and help small businesses increase visibility of their local job opportunities.
By downloading the Job Spotter app, anyone can snap pictures of local job ads and upload them to Indeed. Job seekers then gain access to openings they might only have stumbled across had they been walking past a shop.
The app has already launched in the United States, UK and Australia, and soft launched in Canada in November 2016. Since then, over 300,000 hiring signs have been submitted by users in Canada. Globally, 2.4 million hiring signs have been submitted by users since January 2016.
“The ‘help wanted’ sign has long been a staple of small business hiring, and they’ve performed an important role in getting people into work but we’re currently seeing a spectrum of strategies that people turn to when looking for local jobs,” said Raj Mukherjee, global SVP of product at Indeed. “This is where we believe 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. Mukherjee 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 organization, 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.”
The app is available on Google Play and the App store. Job Spotter users who submit photos of hiring signs can earn redeemable points. For those who earn enough points, Indeed will give them an Amazon gift card, with no limit on the number of local job ads they may submit.
To find Job Spotter jobs in your area, simply type “Help Wanted” into Indeed job search.