On Thursday, Monster.com declared it has acquired the San Francisco-based startup Jobr, which had been developing a job-finding app called Tinder for jobs because it uses the swipe-based gestures. Detailed terms of this deal have not been released, but Jobr had raised $2 million in seed funding in 2014. The app will not be shut down, but rather be combined with Monster’s platform further, though it has already highlighted Monster.com job listings as its priority. Jobr was not the only company with the idea to develop a Tinder-like job hunting app. Its direct competitors such as Switch was focused on similar concepts.
Jobr’s idea was to make the usually painful process of job finding easier and quicker. Users can connect their LinkedIn account to the app to create a profile, then find jobs as you would find through upcoming dates on Tinder, and Jobr now offers Facebook login and resume uploads from cloud services such as Google Drive. Each position had a profile page that provided information about the company, the job responsibility, your matching skills, and how to contact recruiters. Jobr offered tools for recruiters as well. Recruiters can manage and interact with applicants through this app. At the time of the deal, Jobr claims it had “millions” of job seekers and thousands of recruiters on its platform. It says job seekers swiped on jobs more than 100 million times.
After the acquisition, Monster will immediately begin combining its own global talent platform with Jobr. Monster also aims to extend the Jobr app to other markets in early 2017. Until the time of the deal, Monster.com’s job search features over 5 million jobs, accumulated from multiple sources, and these will continue to be available through Jobr. In addition, Monster said its interest in Jobr went beyond just the one app. It wants to use the team resources to design more mobile services in the future as well. This will include the development of mobile components for Monster’s own recruiting platform. The deal is about both tech and talent, according to Monster and COO Mark Stoever.