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Job MazeWhen job sites like Monster and CareerBuilder hit the scene, employers and job seekers alike were excited about how much easier posting and searching for new positions was going to be. And it was. Then, Indeed and LinkedIn came on the scene, and because their sites scrape data from the Monsters and CareerBuilders of the world, it made it even easier to search for jobs when, rather than checking several different job boards, one could find all of their postings in only a few places.  

Now, through the power of Google, it’s even easier.

Google recently launched Google for Jobs, an enhanced search designed to make the process of both job seeking, and job posting, a littler simpler. The search engine giant pulls job postings from any site that is integrated with them. What that means is that job listings on major sites like Monster, Indeed, CareerBuilder, LinkedIn, Snagajob, ZipRecruiter, and Glassdoor, along with smaller sites, will be scraped, and their results will be displayed, all in one place. What’s more, Google will delete duplicate results, providing a clean list to job seekers.

How does it work?

Searching for a job through Google for Jobs only requires a few steps.

  • Type a job-related search into Google’s home page, such as “jobs” or “internships” or even, “jobs near me” or “jobs in Nashville”.
  • Google will automatically bring up the Google for Jobs listings, with jobs fitting that search.
  • You can then narrow your search by using their filters; category, title, date posted, type, city, company type and employer. You can also use the search bar again to type in other search features, such the name of a specific employer, for example. Google for Jobs also provides another layer of filters such as part-time, full-time, contractor, and internship.
  • As you scroll through job listings, you’ll see links to the job boards that posted them, directing you to their sites to apply (you cannot apply directly within Google for Jobs). You’ll also see links to information about the employer, such as reviews, and related articles.
  • For more serious job seekers, there is a job alert feature that can be turned “on” so that positions that match your criteria are sent to you directly.

Why is this a game changer for everyone?

Here are some of the major benefits of Google for Jobs for both job seekers and recruiters:

  • Job listings are displayed in a prominent location within Google Search results. A company’s logo, reviews, ratings and job details are included, making it quicker and easier for job seekers to obtain all of that information immediately, and in one place.
  • For serious job seekers, Google for Jobs drives them through some simple, but critical filters like job title, location, and industry. This narrows the types of jobs someone is looking for to a manageable list in mere seconds.
  • Google for Jobs increases the exposure of a company’s open positions, making it more likely that job seekers will find out about companies and their opportunities.

How do employers get on board?

There are two options for employers wanting to make sure that their job postings are coming up in Google’s new job search function.

Option 1 – Make sure that your job postings are on a 3rd party site already integrated with Google for Jobs. These are sites like LinkedIn, Monster, Glassdoor and CareerBuilder. That list is growing all the time, so check with the job board directly to find out if they’re integrated.

Option 2 – Integrate the job board on your site directly with Google for Jobs. Click here for information on exactly how to do that.

For those already using The Applicant Manager and its paid and free job board postings your positions will be found on Google for Jobs. If you’re not already using The Applicant Manager to manage your job postings and candidate flow, contact us for more information.

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