If you're in the market for a new job, Google has good news.
The search engine giant will now include job postings and information right from its main search engine portal. Type in a phrase like "jobs near me" or "IT openings" and listings from all sorts of job sites will pop right into your results feed. The best part? As long as you're signed in to Google, the results will be personalized just for you, using information gleaned from various other Google services you use. Google users should start seeing the new job search results today.
It's the company's way of simplifying the job search process. Instead of visiting multiple job search sites, Google will aggregate listings from sites like Monster, LinkedIn, Careerbuilder and others, find the ones most relevant to you, delete all duplicates, and serve them right to you in a single click via a new job search widget that will appear directly beneath your search box.
From there, you'll be able to drill down to further refine your results by categories including industry, exact location and employer. As it searches the web to find your most relevant job opportunities, the new Google functionality will scour company websites, in addition to job sites. Once you're ready to submit an application, Google will hand you off to the appropriate site. The new job search function will not handle applications — for now, its built-in AI is designed solely to ferret out the best opportunities for the searcher. Intrigued by an opening, but wondering what the commute will be like to and from a new gig? The new search will provide that too, using information from Google Maps.
“Finding a job is like dating,” Nick Zakrasek, Google’s product manager for this project, told TechCrunch. “Each person has a unique set of preferences and it only takes one person to fill this job.”
The company is stressing that it isn't intending to compete with the major online job hunting sites — in fact it developed the new tool in conjunction with many of the biggest sites, which will benefit from more job seekers coming to their site through this new method. And it isn't the first tech giant to dip its enormous toe into the lucrative online job search market; in February, Facebook unveiled new job search functionality for its users, allowing them to search, apply and even interview for jobs via videochat, all from within its web site or app.