Google for Jobs hit the interwebs last month, causing a small firestorm of excitement among the careers and recruitment industry. Now you can use Google to…find a job? (Obviously?)

Google for Jobs is literally googling job titles at different companies to find your next application opportunity. It seems kind of obvious – haven’t we been doing that all along? Yes, but Google is actually making your job search smarter than that. If you’re scratching your head trying to figure out what makes Google for Jobs the next big thing, don’t worry! We’re here to break it down for you, AND show you how to get the most value from this new tool.

What is Google for Jobs?

Google has created an algorithm that makes your job search more powerful and more streamlined. As TechCrunch outlines, “The idea here is to give job seekers an easy way to see which jobs are available without having to go to multiple sites only to find duplicate postings and lots of irrelevant jobs.” Google for Jobs pulls open positions from virtually all of the major online job boards, including LinkedIn, Monster, WayUp, DirectEmployers, CareerBuilder, Facebook and others – even listings from a company’s homepage.

This is a lot of data – a potentially overwhelming number of jobs listings. So, Google for Jobs then lets you refine your search. “The idea is to use Google’s artificially intelligent systems to classify jobs… ‘retail’ can mean anything from sales, to store manager, to shop clerk, so Google is doing pattern matching to get you the exact kind of jobs you’re looking for.” Google will factor in things like your location, the date posted, type of job, experience required, and job titles. It even removes duplicate listings for you!

Why is it better than other job sites?

Google for Jobs is still relatively new, so we’re not confident that it will be infinitely better than other job sites. But there are a few immediate advantages to this type of job search.

For one, it’s a powerful aggregation tool. Rather than scouring six different sites, you can pull all your results in one clean search with the duplicates removed. This saves you a lot of time, energy, and angst.

Secondly, Forbes suggests that you’ll be able to find positions that are a better match to your personality:

While companies like Glassdoor, Indeed, LinkedIn, and others try to give companies branded pages to promote their company culture and wonderful workplaces, most job descriptions are limited, out of date, and often poorly written – making it hard to tell whether the job is quite what you want.”

We’re big on finding a career that fits your personality here at BULLIT. For this reason alone, Google for Jobs sounds SO promising.

Lastly, as the algorithm grows and gets stronger, it will likely be a game changer for job seekers and recruiters alike. There’s so much inefficiency in the recruitment industry that Google really has its work cut out.

There is a huge amount of inefficiency in the job market. Consider this: “the average open position receives more than 150 resumes, more than 45% of candidates never hear anything back from the employer, 83% of candidates rate their job search experience poor, and employers still tell us anecdotally that 20-25% of their candidates don’t turn out to be a good long term fit.”

If Google for Jobs can find better ways to match candidates with open positions and reduce some of these headaches, it could be a total game changer.

How can I use Google for Jobs?

The best Google for Jobs searches get specific. Here’s how you use Google for Jobs. (Images via Business Insider.)

1. Type “jobs” or “internships” into a Google search with or without accompanying words, and a box labeled “Jobs” should pop up beneath the search bar.

how to use google for jobs2. Start to narrow your search down. For example, if you’re looking for a job in media, you could type “reporter jobs” and a number of nearby reporter positions will pop up beneath the “Jobs” box.

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3. Alternately, you can search by location. Just type in “jobs near me” to get local listings.

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4. When you view results by clicking on the “Jobs” box, you’ll be taken to this page. Google for Jobs works by pulling in postings from a wide range of different job sites and deleting duplicate listings.

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5. Keep narrowing down your search to find the perfect position for you!

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Don’t forget: recruiters are using Google too. While you’re looking for jobs, they’re looking for candidates. Make sure you know what they’ll find when they search for you. A good way to clean up your social profiles? Start with curating your references on BULLIT!

Are there any downsides to Google for Jobs?

Notably, one site decided not to collaborate with the Google for Jobs effort: Indeed. Some experts suggest this is because Google for Jobs is less interested in actually revolutionizing the recruitment industry, and more interested in making sure more people are using Google.

Whoever owns the original job search owns the market, and Google for Jobs is a concerted effort to get consumers to spend more time directly with Google for all their job needs,” writes @jasonnazar, the CEO of Comparably. At the end of the day, Google is a profits machine, and Google for Jobs is just one part of their overall search portfolio.

What’s next?

Google for Jobs is still quite new, and Google will be releasing the search feature in the US on the Google app, desktop and mobile web all summer. Eventually, Google expects to expand the feature to other countries later in the year.

It’s worthwhile to play around with Google for Jobs and get familiar with the feature early. Who knows? Your next dream job could be waiting for you right under the search bar.

Also published on Medium.