'Phone A Job' service launched

A recruitment product designed specifically for WAP phones is set to make job searching a simple, "anywhere, anytime" activity.

A recruitment product designed specifically for WAP phones is set to make job searching a simple, "anywhere, anytime" activity.

Conceived and developed by East Sussex-based company, Le Software, PhoneAJob.com is due to be released this month in conjunction with BT Cellnet.

According to its makers, the product will allow WAP phone users access to a database of job advertisements across a range of industry sectors, beginning with IT and communications. Relevant vacancies are explored on the system according to specific criteria (such as job title), by industry sector or by recruitment agency, and each search is refined using information from the user's profile, including type of position sought (contract or permanent), key skills, preferred location and salary/rate.

When a suitable position is found, its details appear in an abbreviated form on the WAP phone, with further information available either on screen or in an e-mail sent to the user's web address.

Paul Fennelly, sales manager at Le Software, believes PhoneAJob.com will prove popular with job seekers and recruitment agencies because it offers users a "simple, effective and discrete" method of sourcing work or reaching candidates, from virtually any location.

Rather than deterring potential users, he argues that the small screens of mobile phones add to the private nature of the activity and also force software developers to keep their products 'user-friendly'.

Analysts have predicted that m-commerce will grow into a £14 billion industry by 2002, and estimate that at present there are four mobile phones for every internet-connected computer in the world.

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