Known for many things, global sensation Google will forever be known as the world’s most popular search engine. Used to keep up to date with news, look for images, find a location, check your emails, manage your calendar, store your contacts AND create and file documents, why shouldn’t you use the internet giant to instantly find work? Launched in the US back in Spring, Google for Jobs is now available for use here in the UK.
Having started to dip its toe into job hunting a year ago, with the launch of a new element that trawls well-known destinations for openings and job postings, it displays jobs, as it similarly assists you when booking a hotel or finding a local amenity, displaying the information clearly and simply for ease of use for the user, searcher or jobseeker. I suspect that the tagging needs refining to show the jobs that most accurate match the keywords in the search but hey! Because the source of its content is job boards, there will always be a reliance on recruiters.
To better provide relevant employment postings to curious candidates in the UK, Google has collaborated with various major recruitment services including The Guardian Jobs, Reed, Haymarket, Gumtree, The Telegraph, Reach plc's totallylegal, CV-Library, and totaljobs.com. Indeed, however, is not cooperating. These job-matching sites automatically connect job seekers to various opportunities as soon as new job listings appear online but where do you search for everything else in your life?
The new job search feature allows users to use custom queries in Google Search like “Retail jobs” of “Marketing jobs near me” (as long as your location settings are configured and turned on) and the search engine will bring up results from across the web that suit their unique job skills and needs. Users will be able to view information about the salary, how to apply, and even the journey time it takes to travel to a prospective job. Individual job searches can also be saved so that they can be accessed across various devices (usually as long as you are logged into your Google account). There's also an option to receive alerts via email about new job listings in real time.
At the moment, the US tech giant is not charging to feature their listings nor using the service to place any extra adverts beyond those that normally appear within its results. But who knows, it may do in the future. In addition, applicants must still click through to the individual third-party jobs platforms to apply for a post.
The 14-year-old firm acts as a listings aggregator and claims to be the world's most popular jobs hunt service with more than 200 million unique visitors a month.
Indeed’s decision to avoid the new service means links to their pages now appear further down Google's results pages.
Why not see if it works on your laze-driven Google Home or Echo (equivalent to Amazon Alexa) or just on your phone. “Okay Google, find me a £28,000 creative job near me”.
FACT! Interestingly, Apple has Siri, Amazon has Alexa, and Microsoft has Cortana. Google’s is just Google.