Chicago Tribune offering mobile job listings


Starting this week, Chicagoland job seekers can get help wanted listings sent directly to their cell phones as part of the Chicago Tribune Media Group’s effort to expand its classified offerings to mobile devices. This marks the first time a U.S. newspaper has ventured into the mobile media space to distribute its job listings.

QuickText allows job seekers who text a unique WEB ID to a specific number to instantly receive a detailed job listing on their mobile device. The service debuts this week in conjunction with the printed job listings within the Chicago Tribune’s Tuesday Business section and RedEye, Chicago’s free daily newspaper.

In September, Chicago Tribune will launch a similar program for new and used car listings. And before the end of the year, it will debut one for real estate listings. Currently, Chicago Tribune Media Group presents a number of mobile information offerings, including:

  — Breaking news and sports alerts from Chicago Tribune

  — RedEye’s Celebrity text alerts, which are sent every weekday afternoon
     to more than 1,000 subscribers

  — Metromix’s Best Bets, a listing of notable Chicago area events

  — Mobile polls and trivia throughout the pages of RedEye