By Scott Martin, USA TODAY
SAN FRANCISCO -- LinkedIn is putting its recruiting tools into the hands of the mobile masses.
LinkedIn on Wednesday in Las Vegas unveiled Recruiter Mobile and Mobile Work With Us, two popular desktop services adapted for on-the-go use.
Recruiter Mobile will enable recruiting professionals to search for candidates, allowing them to send InMails, call or text. Also, recruiters can take notes on candidates and forward prospects to hiring managers.
"We took the most important functionality in Recruiter,redesigned it from the ground up, to be optimized for mobile, and packed it into an incredibly useful and beautiful mobile app,"said Parker Barrile, senior director of products at LinkedIn.
LinkedIn is seeing explosive growth in users coming to its services from mobile devices, much like Facebook, Google and Twitter. About 33% of its members visit from mobile. For recruiting professionals, often out at job fairs and networking events, mobile apps that replace desktop functions are important tools.
Recruiter is LinkedIn's primary subscription service and is responsible for the largest portion of the company's revenue. The product is used by more than 20,000 companies.
LinkedIn's new Mobile Work With Us gives employers the ability to show job openings on the profiles of employees at their company. These job advertisements will appear at the top of member profiles.
Silicon Valley, among other areas, is in a fierce battle for talent. Hiring bonuses alone for key technology developers and executives can run in the tens of thousands of dollars. LinkedIn's new Mobile Work With Us job ads on profiles of people's familiar contacts and work colleagues is intended to be just another way to engage with even passive job seekers.
The two new mobile apps are now available for download on Apple's App Store.
LinkedIn has over 238 million members with profiles on its professional network.