Looking for work is hard. The job market is pretty crummy right now, and looking for a career in any field is almost impossible. However, to make things slightly easier for every one of us millennials looking for paid work, Google has released a new feature in its everyday search engine. An AI-powered job search.
If you’re unemployed, you know fully well that there are hundreds of online job boards that post up job postings from employers. Sites like LinkedIn, Indeed, and Monster post thousands of job postings each day to try and help those looking for employment. The idea behind Google’s new AI job search feature is to go through all of the job listings for the user without having to search each page individually. It’s even supposed to find and sort through duplicate postings, give the user the original postings, and make it so that the user will avoid irrelevant jobs.
To access this new feature, on your browser both on desktop and mobile if the query such as “jobs near me,” a new job search widget will appear to show the user a broad range of job openings. From there it’s easy to refine your search to find something far more specific to your needs. You can filter jobs by industry, location, how recently they were posted, full time and part time, and the type of employer. When clicked on, Google will give more information about the company, as well as Glassdoor and Indeed ratings. You can even turn on notifications to be alerted when a new job posting matches your standards.
“Finding a job is like dating,” said Nick Zakrasek, Google’s product manager for this project, “Each person has a unique set of preferences and it only takes one person to fill its job.”
In preparation for this, Google put into place learning-trained algorithms to sift through and categorize all job site listings to remove duplicate and redundant links. After you find a job that you want to apply for, Google will then redirect you to the job site to start the actual application process. Google then removes itself from the application process, so it does not get in the way of the original link’s process. Google also made it very clear that it does not want to compete with any online job sites directly, and currently, has no plans to let employers post jobs directly onto its job search engine.
Before anyone tries to jump directly on this service the release is currently limited to the US. As of this writing, there is no confirmed release date for the UK or Canada.
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