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.
The new feature makes it easier to find new positions, as it collates openings from existing recruitment agencies directly into its search result listings, Google said.
Positions will be ranked by relevance and quality, with Google employing spam detection software to filter-out any job postings it deems to be fraudulent.
Users can quickly compare salary information, reviews and employer ratings without leaving the search results page.
This detailed new widget will now appear whenever users search for the phrase ‘jobs near me’ on Google UK.
It is a departure from the traditional search results provided by Google, which present a list of bare-bones links to various external websites.
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Job seekers will be able to ask Google to find ‘jobs near me’ by searching a job title and location (left). The new feature makes it easier to find jobs as it gathers openings from existing recruitment agencies into one place directly from Google search (centre)
Job seekers will still need to click-through to third-party providers from the Google Search results to find out additional details postings and send a CV or cover letter.
Those who have a Gmail account can choose to receive an email alert whenever a new job match comes up.
Google also allows users to tap a button to track an individual job post.
The Mountain View-based company is working with a number of established players in the recruitment market, including The Guardian Jobs, Reed.co.uk, The Telegraph, CV Library and totallylegal.com which will supply Google with the information on available positions.
Users can also access salary information, reviews and employer ratings.
Reed.co.uk’s director of marketing Mark Rhodes said: ‘Early signs from our testing with Google show jobseekers arriving at reed.co.uk via this new search experience are application-ready, with a high level of intent, so we anticipate seeing a positive impact on the quality and volume of applications we supply to our recruitment clients.’
The feature, Google’s latest move to centralise services within its popular search engine, will rival existing job vacancy aggregators such as Indeed.
Indeed’s UK managing director Bill Richards said: ‘Indeed’s sole mission is to help people get jobs.
‘To that end, we’re focused on bringing the best opportunities to jobseekers and the very best candidates to UK companies.
‘Indeed is confident that it will continue to be successful no matter who enters this space.’
Google first introduced job searches in the US last year, before embarking on a wider launch which took in countries including India and South Africa, which gained the ability to search for jobs earlier this year.
The company says it has seen an increase in the number of companies showing jobs within its search engine and has already connected tens of millions of people around the world to new job opportunities.
The detailed information provided by the new feature is a departure from the traditional approach of Google’s main search engine. Results typically show only bare-bones links to various help-wanted sites. Pictured is the desktop version of the new feature
HOW DOES GOOGLE’S JOB SEARCH FEATURE WORK?
Google’s job search feature collects and organises job listings within its search engine.
Job hunters can go to Google and see help-wanted listings that its engine collects from recruitment agencies across the internet.
The results aim to streamline such listings by eliminating duplicate jobs posted on different sites.
Google’s job search feature (pictured) collects and organises job listings within its search engine. Job hunters can go to Google and see help-wanted listings that its engine collects from recruitment agencies across the internet
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.
Results typically show only bare-bones links to various help-wanted sites.
In November, Google pledged to help thousands of people improve their digital skills by opening a Digital Garage in Manchester.
The scheme provides anyone with free face-to-face expert coaching and courses, in a bid to help 100,000 people in the UK find a job.
Employment increased by 146,000 in the quarter to April to 32.39 million, the highest figure since records began in 1971, giving a record rate of 75.6 per cent.
Unemployment fell by 38,000 to 1.42 million, giving a jobless rate of 4.2 per cent, the lowest since 1975, according to the Office for National Statistics.
Positions will be ranked on relevance and quality, using spam detection software to filter out any fraudulent job postings. Google added that job seekers will still need to click through to third party sites from Google Search to find out more about postings and to apply (stock)