How Google for Jobs can help you find your next role
When you’re looking for your next opportunity, it’s important to have all the tools available at your disposal. Launched last year, Google for Jobs was built to capitalise on the fact that 30 per cent of all Google searches are job-related. Many of us use the internet as our first port of call when we’re hunting for a new role, but it can be frustrating to spend time sifting through multiple job boards and recruitment websites. As a company, Google hopes to change this. Put simply, they want to make checking for vacancies as easy as typing a query into their search engine. So, what do you as a Candidate need to know?
A quick introduction for applicants
If you’re currently job hunting, it’s possible that you’ve used Google for Jobs without realising it. All you need to do is to enter the position you’re looking for within their search engine. Just after the sponsored sites, you’ll see a blue box titled ‘jobs’ which you can click on to open up a new window. This will include listings from well-known names, such as Monster and Careerbuilder, all in one place. At face value, it appears very similar in design and function to other tools on the market. The difference is that this job search is powered by Google technology. Candidates can benefit from the cutting-edge developments, software and algorithms which make this particular search engine so popular with users.
Filtering your search
It’s not a function that’s unique to Google for Jobs, but it’s handy to be able to filter the results you look for. To do this, cast your eye along the top left-hand side of the screen, where you’ll see options to refine your query based on location, Employer, the date posted and the type of job – from full-time and part-time to Temporary or contract work. Once you’ve identified a position you’d like to apply for, you can choose how to do this by clicking through to your preferred website. You’ll find that Allen Associates appears as an option for available roles within Oxford and London. So, if you’d like to speak to a member of our team, simply click ‘Apply on Allen Associates’. The platform will automatically link to roles close to your home location, however to look elsewhere, just include the place name in your query.
Added benefits for Candidates
Google’s aim is to collate all the information you need regarding a role in one place. Which is why they include some extra, helpful, details at the bottom of each post. If you’re wondering about remuneration, scroll down to find the ‘typical pay for this type of work’ section, which lists expected salaries based on predictions made by sites like LinkedIn, Glassdoor and PayScale. It’s this kind of knowledge which could prove handy when it comes to negotiating your final contract after receiving an offer. On some search results, you’ll also see reviews of the organisations you’re applying for – linking you through to Employee ratings on alternative platforms. While you may want to continue your research by visiting the company website, all of this makes Google for Jobs a good place to start.
Having the right job description at the start of the hiring process is incredibly important. For Candidates, it can be confusing to come across inconsistencies making it difficult to compare roles. Take job titles for example. These often vary from company to company. If you’re searching for a marketing role, do you set up an e-mail alert for a marketing ‘executive’, ‘advisor’, ‘officer’ or ‘assistant’? Entering multiple terms during your hunt for a new position is the type of thing that Google for Jobs hopes to fix. Speaking on this topic, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said: “The challenge of connecting job seekers to better information on job availability is like many search challenges we’ve solved in the past.” For Candidates, this is good news. Google also hopes to go further, by making it easier to view openings which can be harder to search for and classify.
A quick caveat – How to use Google for Jobs during your search
To create Google for Jobs, Google has partnered with some big names, including Careerbuilder, Monster, LinkedIn and Glassdoor. However, they’re not working with Indeed – a well-known brand for recruiters and Candidates – so if you’re looking for a job that’s only been advertised here, this won’t appear. As with anything, it’s always best to have multiple strings to your bow. While we recommend using Google for Jobs to see how it works for you, it’s important to remember all the components needed in order to successfully land a new role. From networking with contacts to building your profile your profile on social media, and working with a recruitment agency, don’t forget that there are many different avenues and tools at your disposal.