September 13, 2011 00:01 ET

JobOn Unveils Platform for Finding Jobs, Interviewing by Video at DEMO Fall 2011

Online Capability Brings Convenience, Efficiency to Job Seekers and Employers

SANTA CLARA, CA--(Marketwire - Sep 13, 2011) - Job seekers and employers in retail, restaurants and grocery stores have a better way to connect with each other with the launch of JobOn at DEMO FALL 2011, the conference for some of the most notable technologies introduced over the past two decades.

JobOn combines employment listings with the ability for applicants to submit a recorded video interview. They answer a few common interview questions via a webcam or smart phone, and then click to send the responses to employers with jobs to fill. For job seekers, this saves the time and cost of going to each employer to fill out a paper application and then scheduling an interview. At the same time, for less than the cost of a classified ad, employers get to pre-screen applicants before calling them for a second, face-to-face interview. JobOn hosts the videos, which are free for job seekers.

"Traditional job searching and hiring is backwards because the interview is the most important part of the process," says co-founder and CEO Jody Presti. "Employers know within a few seconds if someone is a good fit, so we put the interview first. This prevents employers from wasting time on paper applications in which all applicants look the same, and on inappropriate interviews."

The market for this technology is significant: there are 80 million workers and 17,000 companies that hire for retail, restaurant and other food services. In retail, turnover averages 70 percent each year, while in fast food restaurants it is closer to 200%, which can often lead managers to make "panic hires" that don't last very long. Job seekers also will engage in this approach for full-time and part-time hourly jobs: more than 50 percent of the Generation Y population own a webcam, about 80 percent of laptops now have webcams, and 40% of Skype minutes involve video-to-video calls.

"With unemployment rates topping nine percent, jobs are top of mind for everyone," says Matt Marshall, executive producer, DEMO. "Companies with a product that can help people to find local jobs more quickly are well positioned, and JobOn certainly fits the criteria as it aims to upend the job-search process."

About JobOn
Web and video technology from JobOn simplifies the job-matching process for the nearly 80 million workers and 17,000 companies that hire for retail, restaurants and grocery stores. Using recorded video, job seekers apply for multiple jobs from a webcam or smart phone, while employers pre-screen them to more readily find the best candidates. The results are less time spent on finding the right fit, less turnover and lower costs.

About DEMO
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