Google’s mission is to steer people to the information they need in their daily lives. One crucial area the Internet giant says could use some work: Jobs.
So Google is launching a new initiative, Google for Jobs, that includes a feature in search that collects and organizes millions of job postings from all over the web to make them easier for job seekers to find.
In coming weeks, a Google search for a cashier job in Des Moines or a software engineering gig in Boise will pop up job openings at the top of search results. With Google for Jobs, job hunters will be able to explore the listings across experience and wage levels by industry, category and location, refining these searches to find full or part-time roles or accessibility to public transportation.
Google is determined to crack the code on matching available jobs with the right candidates, CEO Sundar Pichai said during his keynote address Wednesday at Google’s annual I/O conference for software developers here.
“The challenge of connecting job seekers to better information on job availability is like many search challenges we’ve solved in the past,” he said.
Pichai says he hopes Google’s new job search function will surface new opportunities for job seekers who often don’t know there’s a job opening “right next door.”
Google is the latest Silicon Valley company to announce an effort to boost American jobs after President Donald Trump’s call to put America first. The aggressive push into jobs could help Google attract even more employment-related advertising. Already, it’s expected to pull in three-quarters of search ad spending in the U.S. this year, according to research firm eMarketer.
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SOURCE: USA Today, Jessica Guynn