Google Just Announced a New Job Search Tool — and It Sounds Pretty Cool

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Google Just Announced a New Job Search Tool — and It Sounds Pretty Cool
Google CEO Sundar Pichai delivers the keynote address of the Google I/O conference, May 17, 2017, in Mountain View, Calif. Eric Risberg/AP Photo

Google might be your new go-to job-hunting site.

That’s right: the minds behind the scarily accurate and infamously algorithmic search engine that helps you locate a “sugar-free high-fat banana muffin recipe” (or any other piece of conceivable information in this universe) with ease will now help you find your next job.

The company is rolling out a new tool, called Google for Jobs, that will allow you to search jobs across the internet in one move — just by typing a query into the search bar.

Simplifying the Process

An important feature of Google for Jobs, and one that is decidedly absent from many other job search sites, is its ability to pull job openings in the retail and service industries (along with other non-office positions) — something that job hunters had to seek out singularly before now.

While announcing the tool at the company’s developer conference on Wednesday, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said the goal is “to better connect employers and job seekers,” which the company plans to do by making a broader range of job openings more readily visible.

The folks at Google believe there is a code to be cracked when it comes to matching job seekers to available positions, and they’re determined to find the formula that will make the job hunt less complex.

Redefining the Job Hunt

But even with (or, really, because of) its broader scope, the revolutionary job search engine will still return refined and fairly pinpointed results.

Google for Jobs will allow you to narrow your search with a series of filters. Job seekers can start with a general search term, such as “retail jobs,” before sorting by full-time or part-time, category, title or the date the job was posted.

Google will also be adding an option to narrow your search by commute time. (Because honestly, who among us enjoys sitting in rush-hour traffic?)

Pichai emphasized that Google for Jobs is not aiming to clobber the job-hunting software market but to enhance it. The company actually partnered with several of the sites you’re probably already using, including Glassdoor and LinkedIn, in an attempt to create a brand-new job-hunting experience.

Google for Jobs will be launching over the next several weeks, and we’ll be back to update you with new information that may help you with your own job search.

Grace Schweizer is a junior writer at The Penny Hoarder.