Google is apparently gearing up to give LinkedIn a run for its money, as the company is working on its own job platform called Google Hire.
It looks like a platform for tracking job applications and it launched quietly, without any official announcement from Google. In fact, Google Hire seems to be still in the beta state, available only to a few technology companies on an invite-only basis.
Google Hire Job Application Tracking Platform
By the looks of it, Google Hire is shaping up as a minimalistic, yet powerful recruitment platform for professionals looking to hire or get hired. As Axios reports, the platform is a job application tracking system that allows recruiters to post job listings and accept, track and manage applications.
Technology companies that already have access to the new Google Hire include Poynt, SingleHop, DramaFever (a subsidiary of Warner Bros.), Medisas, and CoreOS.
Google Hire Spawn From Bebop
Even more intriguingly, Google Hire seems to be a development of Bebop, which is a Google enterprise and cloud division run by Google Cloud senior vice president Diane Greene. Google acquired Bebop back in late 2015 for more than $380 million and integrated the Bebop team into its own enterprise cloud platform division.
Google Hire looks like a result of that merger, and clear clues support this theory. For instance, the Google Hire website currently yields an error message that prompts users to contact the Bebop team.
The Google Hire website is pretty sparse at this point, indicating that the platform is still in its early development. Nevertheless, it looks poised to rival other job application management services such as LinkedIn, Greenhouse or Indeed.
The timing makes sense as well, as Google Hire comes shortly after the debut of a Cloud Jobs API that enables companies to have job application and hiring tools baked into their platforms. The API delivers tools powered by machine learning to connect people looking for a job with suitable job postings to facilitate the whole employment process.
Google has yet to make an official announcement or provide a statement regarding the new Hire platform and its invite-only beta, but more information should come to light shortly since the website is already live.
The upcoming Google Hire job application management platform should neatly complement the company's G Suite enterprise services, allowing enterprises to find their next employee with Google's help.
It remains to be seen how Google Hire will stack up against existing services such as Glassdoor, LinkedIn and others such that are already established in the field, but it looks promising. Recruiting is a lucrative and growing business and it's not surprising to see more companies looking to grab a piece of the action, and the Google brand alone should lend Hire enough weight for a strong start.
We'll keep you up to date as soon as Google offers more information regarding its new Hire platform.