Job hunting. Two words that bring up thoughts of a long drawn out process including signing up on multiple job sites, filtering jobs based on your criteria and if that isn’t enough, some companies even refuse to post job listing on such sites forcing you to browse through their websites.
Fortunately, Google’s latest tool is set to make all of this much easier. Google has launched a feature that will include job searches right into the traditional Google Search. The feature will let you search for jobs from across websites including LinkedIn, Monster, WayUp, DirectEmployers, CareerBuilder and Facebook among others right from its home page. This search will also include job listings posted on the websites of individual companies.
The main idea behind this new tool is to allow a user to search for available jobs without having to browse through multiple job portals. It also aims to eliminate the problem of filtering through multiple job listings on multiple portals. The feature is now available on desktop and the Google app. All you need to do is type “jobs near me” or a similar query into the search bar and the new job search widget will pop up that will show you the range of jobs meeting your query.
The widget will give you options to filter these results as well and when you click on a specific listing, you will also get to see the company’s Indeed and Glassdoor rating. Filters also include location, time of job listing and filtering by employer. You can also choose to set notifications for a search query to be notified of any new job listings that match your criteria.
“Finding a job is like dating,” Nick Zakrasek, Google’s product manager for this project said. “Each person has a unique set of preferences and it only takes one person to fill this job.”
How it works
To do this,Google first has to remove all of the duplicate listings that employers post on the job sites. Then, its machine learning-enabled algorithms sift through and categorize them. Once you find a job, google will direct you to the respective site to actually start the application process. For jobs with multiple postings, you will be directed to the site that has the most detailed description. “We hope this will act as an incentive for sites to share all the pertinent details in their listings for job seekers,” a Google spokesperson said.
Its worth noting that Google is not using details about you that it already knows for this process. Neither is it intending to compete with established job portals such as Monster, CareerBuilder. “We want to do what we do best: search,” Zakrasek said. “We want the players in the ecosystem to be more successful.” Anything beyond that is not in Google’s wheelhouse, he added. They have also clarified that users will not be able to list jobs directly to Google’s search engine.
Monster.com’s CTO Conal Thompson had this to say on this story:
“Google’s new job search product aligns with our core strategy and will allow candidates to explore jobs from across the web and refine search criteria to meet their unique needs,” he wrote. “Yes, as with anything, there will be some challenges and adjustments to existing job posting sites; the biggest perhaps being for those that are currently driven by SEO.”