What effect will Google for Jobs have on your job search?
When most of us want a new job, we turn to Indeed, TotalJobs, Monster, and other popular job boards in hope of finding that perfect role. However, with the arrival of ‘Google for Jobs’, what effect will this have on your job search?
Already available in the US (and due to launch in the UK sometime this year), Google for Jobs is a new job search engine that collates roles from various sources from across the web. These include LinkedIn, recruitment agency’s websites, and of course, the main job boards.
So, how does it work? It’s incredibly simple to use, with the job search function having been integrated into Google’s regular search engine. To start hunting for a role, all job seekers need to do is type ‘jobs’ or ‘internships’ into Google’s search bar, and a box containing links to suitable roles will appear directly within Google’s search engines results page.
To narrow your results, add accompanying words to your search term, such as the job title or a basic responsibility of that role. For example, ‘journalist’, ‘reporter’, ‘news’ or ‘writing’. You can also include the name of the town or city if you’re looking for a job in a different locale.
However, because Google uses location data to serve results, you can also simply search for ‘jobs near me’. This will present you with a full list of jobs from all industries and companies that being advertised in your local area.
As you’ve probably already concluded, Google is Jobs is very similar to Indeed for a number of reasons. They both collate roles from company websites, recruiter websites, and job websites, such as Monster. Additionally, they both allow users to search for jobs by location, as well as by using certain keywords, and filter jobs by job title and employer. This makes it easier to find more relevant roles for your skills and requirements.
Nonetheless, there are still some key differences between Indeed and Google’s new job search engine, particularly in regards to how you apply for jobs. it can be argued that Google for Jobs is the platform with more benefits because unlike the majority of roles posted on job boards, you can’t apply for roles directly through Google’s job search engine. Instead, you’re taken directly to the advertiser’s website.
This is good news for recruiters and job seekers, as candidates are still being directed to their website, where they may find other relevant roles to apply for. Additionally, Google for Jobs may make it easier for the recruiters you work with to find vacancies that are a good fit for you, and get in touch with the companies hiring for these roles on your behalf.
However, though Google Jobs looks set to make searching for that perfect job quicker and easier, you shouldn’t rely solely on this platform. Working with a recruitment agency can give you access to many jobs you may have missed as a number of organisations will work with recruiters instead of advertising their roles on the main job boards. Recruiters are also great resource for advice, and they can give you invaluable feedback in regards to your CV, cover letter, and interview technique.
Although Google for Jobs is great for getting an idea of the vacancies available in your area, a recruiter will really get to know you. This means that instead of you applying for any roles you think could be a good fit for you, they’ll be able to guide you on which ones actually best suit your skills and experience.
So, while Google for Jobs may make it easier to find roles in your area, it won’t necessarily lead you to your dream job, and you should still utilise as many avenues as possible in your job search.