Published: Tue, July 17, 2018
Technology | By Lionel Gonzales

What is Google job search and is it good for employers?

What is Google job search and is it good for employers?

Job seekers will now be able to ask Google to find "jobs near me" as the company makes its first foray into the UK's recruitment sector.

Google said it has this feature live now in "several countries" and added that it has resulted in "130 percent more companies showing jobs in Search and connected tens of millions of people around the world to new job opportunities".

According to a Google blog post if you type in "jobs near me" or something similar, in Google, while in the United Kingdom, you'll see a new feature that lets you explore jobs from across the web, including salary information, reviews and ratings, and even how long it would take you to commute.

Following the announcement, Joy Xi, product manager at Google Search, told the London Evening Standard: "Job hunting can be challenging - jobs are listed on different sites across the web and it's not always easy to identify which jobs are suited to your needs or where to find them".

There are also options to save positions and set up alerts for future job openings.

Other parameters include salary information, the name of the employer and the type of job available such as fixed-term, part-time or contractor.

Recruiters have mostly welcomed the new Google tool.

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Naturally Google's tool is just about being able to search for vacancies in one place, and like search results you'll still have to click through to a thirdparty website to get your application in. Google claims the service displays the same amount of ads as the search engine.

The feature, which has been available in the USA for just over a year, can be found on desktop, mobile browsers, or the Google Search app as of today.

Google's job search feature (pictured) collects and organises job listings within its search engine.

Google also shows employer ratings from current and former workers, as well as typical commute times to job locations.

This detailed information is a departure from the traditional approach of Google's main search engine.

The scheme provides anyone with free face-to-face expert coaching and courses, in a bid to help 100,000 people in the United Kingdom find a job.

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