The job search has just been added to the long list of activities that is now being aided by artificial intelligence. TechCrunch reports that Google launched a new job search feature integrated directly into its normal search engine site.
It incorporates almost all the key online job boards, including Monster, WayUp, LinkedIn, DirectEmployers, CareerBuilder and Facebook, plus listings it can find on a business’s homepage, per TechCrunch.
The key aspects in play are ease and efficiency, according to Google. The added job search element will aim to save the time and money spent looking at duplicate and irrelevant job postings across a myriad of sites.
Simply type into Google a query similar to what you would type to find a restaurant. Specify type, location and/or timing; “jobs near me,” or “marketing jobs Chicago.” You can then add more conditions, such as full-time only or a specific industry, and will also see ratings for the given companies provided by Glassdoor and Indeed, per TechCrunch.
“Finding a job is like dating,” Nick Zakrasek, Google’s product manager for the job search project, tells TechCrunch. “Each person has a unique set of preferences and it only takes one person to fill this job.”
In a written statement to TechCrunch, Conal Thompson, chief technology officer at Monster.Com, offered support for the new job search tool.
“Google’s new job search product aligns with our core strategy and will allow candidates to explore jobs from across the web and refine search criteria to meet their unique needs,” he wrote. “Yes, as with anything, there will be some challenges and adjustments to existing job posting sites; the biggest perhaps being for those that are currently driven by SEO.”
Zakrasek made it clear that Google does not intend to intrude on the application process, but merely will provide a platform to intelligently search for open positions. “We want to do what we do best: search,” he tells TechCrunch. “We want the players in the ecosystem to be more successful. Anything beyond that is not in Google’s wheelhouse.”