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JIBE: A Triple Play of Recruiting Tools Built for the Enterprise

"Almost Overnight, Every Single Economically Viable Human Being On The Planet Has Acquired A Cell Phone." Joe Essenfeld

Joe Essenfeld, CEO JIBEJoe Essenfeld

In a white paper written by our guest, Joe Essenfeld, the CEO of JIBE, he states, "A recent Cisco study projected that the number of mobile-connected devices will exceed the earth's population by the end of this year." Another stat: "By the end of 2014, nearly every employee of every American and European company will be using a smartphone." Nice. But... how many people want to use their smartphone to apply for a job?

First, let's back up a minute...

JIBE is a referral-based hiring platform that enables jobseekers to tap into their existing social networks to gain access to the jobs they want through the people they already know. JIBE provides jobseekers with a wide range of career opportunities, insight into how many connections they have at a given company and the ability to contact their connections, ask for referrals, and then attach those referrals to their job application. JIBE works directly with enterprises, many of which are Fortune 1,000 companies. Founded in 2008 by Joe Essenfeld, JIBE is based in New York City and backed by Polaris Venture Partners, Lerer Ventures, Zelkova Ventures and Thrive Capital.

In the last six months JIBE's user base has grown more than 130 percent.

Welcome to a Big Picture channel podcast on TotalPicture Radio with Peter Clayton reporting from New York City. My guest today is Joe Essenfeld the Founder and CEO of JIBE. Prior to starting JIBE, Joe was the COO of Insomnia Cookies, a successful late-night cookie delivery company in college towns across the country. Joe also spent several years in the restaurant management industry. It was his experiences in hiring hundreds of employees during that time that led him to start JIBE -- a software company that provides enterprises with consumer-facing recruiting solutions focused on mobile, referrals and cross-platform job board postings.

I was fortunate to re-connect with Joe at ERE Expo Spring a few weeks ago - which led to our meeting today.


In February of this year, JIBE unveiled a new suite of enterprise recruiting software solutions:

-- Get Referred - With Get Referred, JIBE is turning the traditional employee referral program on its head. The Get Referred button lives on job listings on a company's career site. When an interested candidate clicks the button they can see who at the company they are connected to through Facebook and LinkedIn. From that list they can request an employee referral. When an employee receives the referral request, the Get Referred platform gives them a simple way to pass the referral directly to HR.

-- JIBE Apply - By using the ATS integration technology built for JIBE.com, JIBE is now able to make the job application process portable for every major ATS with JIBE Apply. Enterprises can offer mobile career sites allowing candidates to apply to jobs directly from their mobile devices.

-- JIBE Post - With JIBE Post, employers are no longer limited to the job distribution service bundled with their ATS. When a recruiter hits the JIBE Post bookmarklet in their web browser, the job posting they are viewing in their ATS is immediately extracted and sent to the cloud. It can then be distributed to social networks and job boards in a few simple steps at a fraction of the cost of existing solutions.

These products enable enterprises to keep their existing applicant tracking system (ATS) while simultaneously capitalizing on the latest tools -- from social networks to mobile technology -- to reach the right applicants more efficiently. To learn more about these solutions visit www.JIBE.com/recruiting .

Peter Clayton

About Peter Clayton

Peter Clayton, Producer/Host, is an award-winning producer/director of radio, television, documentary, video, interactive and Web-based media who has created breakthrough media for a wide array of Fortune 100 clients.


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