Always one to raise the bar and try to make life easier, Google has again come through, this time for job seekers. They just recently launched a new search feature that will allow users to search for new jobs. This search feature is on the results page and will allow you to look across boards such as CareerBuilder, Facebook, DirectEmployers, Monster, LinkedIn, and WayUp, making it a one-stop search for all things related to a job hunt. Not only that, but Google will also include any job listings that it can find on a company’s homepage.
The point of this new search is to make it easy for job seekers to see what jobs are available to them without having to go through the hassle of visiting multiple sites or seeing duplicate postings and even irrelevant jobs.
How to Use It
This new feature is currently available in English on your mobile and desktop devices. It’s easy to use – all you have to do is type in your search similar to “writing jobs” or “jobs near me”. Anything like those searches will open a search results page that will let you see a number of different jobs. It’s easy to navigate from there, as you can refine your search for just full or part-time positions, and more. Clicking on any given job to get more information will also reveal Indeed and Glassdoor ratings for that company, making it easy to research the business before you even bother to apply.
With additional filters such as location, post date, employer, and industry, Google makes the job hunt easy. When you find one that you think will work for you, you can easily turn on notifications so that you don’t miss a new job that may meet your search parameters.
How It Works
Nick Zakrasek, the product manager for Google’s new AI-Powered job search engine believes that looking for a job is like dating. He explains that with each person having an individual set of preferences it will take just one person to fill each job.
Before showing such a comprehensive list to its users, Google removes all of the duplicate listings that show up on all of the different job search sites. They use an algorithm from a machine that will sort through the jobs and categorize them. While job sites will sometimes use job-specific markup to help a search engine understand that the information is a job posting, Google will double-check them to make sure they are actually a job and sift through the job titles for you.
When a user finds a job that they like and wants to apply for, Google will direct them to the job site to being the application process. If the job appeared on many job sites, then Google will simply direct the user to the one that had the most complete job posting. This will help ensure that sites will give all important information in their postings to not be left out.
Google doesn’t involve itself after directing the user to the job application.
Google also doesn’t try to filter through the available jobs based on what it already knows about you. Your interests in your personal life don’t necessarily translate to what you are good at in the job force.
Not In Competition
With no plans to allow employers to post directly to their search engines, Google is not in the market to compete with CareerBuilder and Monster, etc. They are good at searching and want to fill the need between job searching and job openings.
Conal Thompson, the CEO of Monster.com agrees with Google – he has no major concerns about the search engine getting involved, and is glad they will help people find the perfect job.