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Everything You Need to Know about Google for Jobs


Summary: How will Google for Jobs affect the hiring and recruiting market? Find out in this in-depth article.

Learn everything you need to know about Google for Jobs in this article.

There is no doubt that Google has made our lives easier. We can dig up information about anyone we meet using Google Search, we can navigate anywhere with Google Maps, and we can sync our schedules with multiple devices using Google Calendar. Now the Silicon Valley company wants to do more and help Americans find work in these tough economic times. Recently, the company launched Google for Jobs in order to connect job seekers with employers. So far, the service has been met with acclaim because of its clean interface and ability to help people find jobs they may not have been able to discover before.

Prior to the service’s unveiling on June 20, Google CEO Sundar Pichai spoke about it at the Google I/O conference in Silicon Valley.

"I'm personally enthusiastic for this initiative because it addresses an important need, and perhaps our core competencies as a company," Pichai said in May.

Pichai said that Google for Jobs uses the company’s artificial intelligence to classify and sort positions. This technology allows the service to be more organized and up-to-date than some older job boards that previously frustrated job seekers because of their repeat or expired listings.

Pichai also said that in the future Google will integrate its other technologies into Google for Jobs. For instance, the index will eventually include information about commute times, a Godsend for people who work in traffic-heavy cities like Los Angeles. However, until that day comes, this is everything you need to know about Google for Jobs.

What is Google for Jobs?

On June 20, 2017 Google launched Google for Jobs, an English-language search engine that indexes the top job listings across the internet. It’s akin to Monster or Indeed in the fact that it takes what is already available online and puts everything in one place. So far, the service lists positions from a few major job board sites such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and ZipRecruiter; and it also scours social media and company websites for jobs.

Because Google for Jobs is an aggregator, users still must apply to positions on the original employment listing page.

Where is Google for Jobs available?

Google for Jobs is available in the United States only, and job results are available to be viewed on computers and mobile phones.

Google has said in the future they would like to expand Google for Jobs to other countries, but a date has not been released.

Who is Google for Jobs for?

Google for Jobs is a platform for job-seekers and employers looking to connect. The service lists all types of positions—everything from white collar to blue collar, entry-level to management; and it has positions all over the United States.

How do job-seekers access and use Google for Jobs?

To access Google for Jobs, simply search for some combination of the word “job” while using the Google search engine. For instance, you can type something as specific as “immigration attorney jobs” or “intellectual property attorney jobs,” or you can type something more generic such as “jobs near me.” Then, Google will use its technology to scour the web, and a blue box with job listings will appear at the top of your page. Once you expand the box, you can see more details about the listings, and then can use filters such as “Category,” “Date” and “City” to hone in on your matches.

Once you find a job you like, you can apply by clicking on a link that will take you to the site where the application is available such as Glassdoor.

Additionally, Google for Jobs has a function that allows you to set up future job alerts that go directly to your email inbox.

Here is an example of what Google for Jobs looks like for job seekers after clicking on the More Results link from the search results page in Google:
Here is an example of what Google for Jobs looks like for job seekers after clicking on the More Results link from the search results page in Google

As an employer, how do you use Google for Jobs?

For an employer, Google for Jobs is a powerful, free tool to find the best candidates for a job. But how do you know if your position is showing up in its results?

If you’ve listed your job online already, there is a high chance that it has already shown up on Google for Jobs. To determine this, go to Google and type “[Your company name] Jobs” and see if your post appears. If your post does appear, check which job board Google had pulled the position from, and then you can upload your future jobs there using the same process as before. If your post does not appear, you can contact Google for Jobs directly or contact job boards that Google partners with and ask to have your listing placed there.

Job board companies that Google has already partnered with include but are not limited to:
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • CareerBuilder
  • Glassdoor
  • ZipRecruiter
  • Direct Employers
  • America’s Job Exchange
  • WayUp
  • myCNAjobs
  • Higher Education Recruitment Consortium
  • Local Job Network
As an employer, can you pay Google to have your job listing promoted?

Companies can use their advertising budgets to post on third-party websites that are indexed by Google, but at this time, the tech giant does not offer a way for employers to pay Google to post or promote job listings.

Google said that in the future, they plan to offer a service where employers can pay to have their job listings promoted, similar to their other service Adwords; but that day has not been released.

Why did Google launch Google for Jobs?

Google’s mission has always been to provide regular people with the information they needed to enrich their lives, and what is more valuable to a person than to nab their dream job? Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai said that it was a challenge for Google to create Google for Jobs, but it was a necessity to create an efficient way to connect applicants with employers.

“46% of U.S. employers say they face talent shortages and have issues filling open job positions,” Pichai said. “While job seekers may be looking for openings right next door – there’s a big disconnect here…We want to better connect employers and job seekers through a new initiative, Google for Jobs.”

As many job-seekers have probably noticed, some boards are disorganized and have messy layouts, repeat listings, and expired posts. Google for Jobs eliminates these problems by using a clean interface, weeding out duplicates, and making sure that job listings are fresh. It also allows people to easily find jobs they may not have known existed that were “right next door,” according to Pichai. In essence, Google wanted to make job searching better, and it looks like they’ve succeeded.

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