Early July Proven.com closed its seed funding totalling $2.8m investment into this mobile first job search product. The product has been developing for a while now, founded in 2009. The main goal is to provide mApply to the trade person and low level white collar worker, ie the talent market below the space LinkedIn occupies.
The gap is very real, it represents a large volume of jobseekers for whom mobile is the perfect (in some cases only) connected device to support finding their next job. The challenge is the apply process, which currently on mobile is frequently bound to the LinkedIn profile.
Proven allows users to store multiple resumes on their mobile, search for jobs, save jobs and save searches. Currently the main apply feature from mobile appears to entail emailing the employer / recruiter with your resume attached from your mobile. The app enables the attachment of a resume. For those without a resume they can create one from scratch on the device.
The search combines Craig's List and simply hired jobs, it does not innovate with matching around tradesman skills etc but repurposes the capabilities of the data sources.
The key to Poven.com's business appears to be the market segmentation it is targeting. My initial concern is how they will support talent applying on mobile where the application process involves many filter questions. Typically many roles fitting into this demographic suffer massive over application forcing the recruiter to employ complex ATS filtering. Empowering the candidate to email with an attached resume will not cut through the filter questions, which are typically not mobile friendly processes.
I believe there is an opportunity (specifically on Android) for Proven to be the browser for job searching, and empower the user to upload a resume using the "browse" button fond on so many application forms. Personally I would make this feature a priority on the Poven.com product roadmap.
I will be share more details around the apply and resume creation soon. Proven are a very interesting startup.