Google Adds New Job Searching Feature

Alphabet’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) Google announced a new initiative named Google for Jobs earlier this year at Google I/O. The goal of the initiative was to use the search giant’s skills at organizing information to make finding jobs easier. Google has now launched a new jobs search feature that appears right on its search result pages. The new feature is one of the first steps in the announced initiative.

The new feature is designed to let job seekers easily see jobs that are available without having to go to multiple sites. All the user has to do is type in a relevant search query, such as “writing jobs” or “jobs near me” and the search engine will return the results in a new job search widget so they can see a broad range of jobs in that category. The feature pulls jobs from virtually all of the major online job boards, including LinkedIn, Monster, CareerBuilder, and Facebook. Google will also include job listings its finds on a company’s homepage.

Users can also further refine their query, like to only include full-time positions, or filter the by industry, location, or employer. Google’s machine learning-trained algorithms sift through listings to remove all of the duplicates and categorize the results. Users also have the ability to turn on notifications for a specific search query so they will get an immediate alert when a new job is posted that matches that query.

Once a suitable job has been found, the user can click directly into the job site to start the actual application process. Clicking into a result will also show you the Glassdoor and Indeed ratings for the company. If a specific job has been listed on multiple sites, Google will direct the user to the site that has the most complete information about the position. A Google spokesperson said, “We hope this will act as an incentive for sites to share all the pertinent details in their listings for job seekers.”

Google does not intend to directly compete with Monster, CareerBuilder and similar sites with this new feature. To the company, the feature is simply a search tool to make searching for a new job easier. According to Google, there are no plans in the works to let employers posts jobs directly to its jobs search engine.

The new feature is now available in English on desktop and mobile. For more information on this feature you can check out Google’s blog post here. Web developers wanting to index their job listings with Google can find more information here.

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