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New service helps you find a job via text

By Owen Weldon     Oct 23, 2013 in Business
The Web may make it easier for people to find jobs, but millions of hourly workers do not have access to the Internet, finding it difficult to take advantage of the job searching tools it provides.
According to Mashable, a startup located in Seattle is looking to change that. Jobaline taps into texting, allowing hourly workers to access the online employment service without needing a smartphone or a computer.
According to Bloomberg, so far more than 160,000 job applications have been filed on Jobaline, which is not even a year old yet. Around 17% of the service's users texted to apply, while around 35% accessed Jobaline's website on a smartphone.
According to BusinessWeek, a good example of how this service works is if a construction worker was on his way home from work, and his project was ending in a few weeks, and he notices an ad on a wall of the bus that he is on displaying a number to text if he wants to apply for a job. He then opts in and then he will receive a text message that asks him a series of pre-screening questions, such as what interests him about the job and if he is available to work on the weekends or nights.
If the pre-screening answers to the questions are good enough, then he will receive an automated phone call that will ask him a series of questions that were chosen by the employer. The end of the process concludes when he goes for an interview in person.
As of now Jobaline is focusing on growing their operation in the United States. The company's services are available in Miami, San Francisco and Seattle. New York and San Diego are expected to join the list in the future. The company makes money by charging employers a fee, which is determined by the number of job applicants.
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