Google wants to help Americans looking for employment, facilitating the job search process by leveraging its powerful skills with Google for Jobs.
More specifically, Google wants to put its skills to good use and organize information to make it easier for people to find jobs. The company first announced the Google for Jobs initiative at Google I/O and now the first phase of the project goes live.
Looking for a job can be challenging, as it's often tough to keep track of the slew of job listings posted all over the internet, newspapers, help wanted signs, and so on. That's where Google comes in, lending a hand to organize that information and help job seekers find the positions they're interested in and that are relevant to their skills and needs.
Google For Jobs
An enhanced job search feature is now rolling out on both mobile and desktop, part of the Google for Jobs initiative.
"Today, we're taking the next step in the Google for Jobs initiative by putting the convenience and power of Search into the hands of job seekers," says Google. "With this new experience, we aim to connect Americans to job opportunities across the U.S., so no matter who you are or what kind of job you're looking for, you can find job postings that match your needs."
The job search feature is quite simple and straightforward. Upon searching for a job with clear criteria such as "entry level jobs in New York," Google will show a preview of job ads from a number of sources including LinkedIn, GlassDoor, Monster, and others. At the same time, it will also show information from its own websites. Job seekers can click on the results to get more details, or further filter the listings based on employer, location, or other such criteria.
The sheer volume of information out there can be intimidating, but Google plans to leverage the power of machine learning to better sort and organize the data. For instance, it could rely on machine learning to automatically cluster similar jobs.
All Info In One Place
Not all details are entirely clear at this point and it will be interesting to see exactly how Google will handle everything, but the bottom line is that the company wants to help users find all job listings that are relevant to them in one place, rather than scattered all over the web. With this option, job seekers would no longer have to access a slew of sites in search of job listings, many of which might be duplicates or irrelevant to their skills and needs.
It's important to note, however, that Google only wants to help with the job search process, but it will not get involved beyond that. This means that once users find a job on its service, it's up to them to get it and handle everything. At the same time, Google has no intention to compete with job sites, nor let employers post job listings straight into its job search engine. Instead, it will serve as an aggregator to list jobs from various sites.