As promised during its annual developer conference earlier this month, Google launched its search engine for jobs yesterday. Powered by artificial intelligence (AI), this specialized job search uses Google’s Cloud Jobs API that launched back in 2016 as part of the company’s “AI-first” approach. Instead of requiring users to download a new app, this new AI-powered tool allows job seekers in the U.S. to use Google’s existing search function, which are accessible via desktop and mobile.
The new feature, currently available only in English, uses the same simple language Google searches are known for. Simply type “jobs near me,” “teaching jobs,” “writing jobs,” or any other query along these lines. The results page would then show the new job search widget, accompanied by a wide range of jobs — from across several online job boards like LinkedIn, Monster, WayUP, and even Facebook — which you could then refine further depending on your preferences.
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Speaking of preferences, once you find a job that interests you, you could turn on notifications that would send you alerts through the Google app or through email when a new job matching your personalized search gets posted. The AI filters out all duplicate listings posted on various job sites. However, Google won’t handle any of the actual application process, and will simply direct you to the existing job application site.
Google hopes to cut the time job seekers spend on searching for jobs that may not be a good fit. As Nick Zakrasek, project manager for this new search function, wrote in a Google blog, “Whether you’re a young adult looking for your first job, a veteran hoping to leverage your leadership experience in civilian life, or a parent looking for a job with better pay to support a growing family, we hope this new experience on Google will help make the job search simpler and more effective.”