Google's new job search feature can help close the tech talent gap by making it easier for job seekers to find the right opportunities.
Google for Jobs finally went live on Tuesday, after first being announced at the Google I/O keynote in May. The new feature appears right on the normal Google search results page, and displays job opportunities listed on major job board websites like Monster, CareerBuilder, LinkedIn, Facebook, WayUp, and Glassdoor.
Google for Jobs uses one search engine to yield results from a multitude of different platforms, saving users from the monotony of searching the same keywords across different job sites.
In a Google blog post released on Tuesday, product manager Nick Zakrasek explained that the engine will show you a "job listing preview, and each job can expand to display comprehensive details about the listing." For example, if you search "tech jobs" in the "Austin, Texas area," one of the first jobs that pops up is a tech support job with Apex Systems. If you click on this job, you can see a detailed job description and reviews from other job listing sites.
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However, you have to keep your searches specific to yield the intended results. Under "tech jobs" in the "Austin, Texas area," jobs titled automotive tech, X-Ray technician, and product installation technician also appeared. However, narrowing a search is extremely easy with Google's wide array of search filters, such as date posted, company type, employer, and category.
As of now, Google for Jobs does not allow employers to post directly to the site, as Google is attempting to remain what it has always been: A search engine. The job search feature is only gathering job listings posted on other sites and placing them in one, convenient place. To apply for a job, you can click on the listing, and Google will redirect you to where the site was originally posted.
Google for Jobs is "focused on helping both job seekers and employers...increas[ing] chances for discovery and conversion," Zakrasek noted in the post. As the tech talent gap continues to widen, this search engine is a steph in the right direction towards a solution. TechRepublic's Alison DeNisco discussed the current tech talent market, citing a recent Gartner survey that labeled talent—or, lack thereof—as the No. 1 obstacle for CIOs in achieving their goals. Google's new job search engine can potentially help bridge the gap between employer and job seeker with one click.
The 3 big takeaways for TechRepublic readers
- Google launched its new search job search engine that showcases job opportunities listed on major job board sites in one place.
- Google for Jobs can help close the tech talent gap by making it easier for job seekers to find the opportunities in which they can thrive.
- The job search engine is most effective when filters are used to specify your search, otherwise general searches will yield very broad results.
- Google wants to use its search power and machine learning to help more people find jobs (TechRepublic)
- Google revamps Jobs search to streamline vacancy hunt (ZDNet)
- How your company can win the war for tech talent by hiring nontraditional employees (TechRepublic)
- Google to add jobs to search, dabbles as HR gatekeeper (ZDNet)
- How managers can advocate for top talent (TechRepublic)