Google for Jobs is Officially Here — and It’ll Change the Job Search Game

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Last month, we brought you news that Google would soon be launching Google for Jobs, a tool that allows you to search jobs across the entirety of the internet in one move.

Well, soon is now — and Google for Jobs is officially up and running.

(The tool is currently rolling out, but may take a few days to show up on your phone or computer. Here in The Penny Hoarder HQ, it’s a 50/50 split — for some of us, it works just fine, but for others, the function doesn’t even show up yet! If you don’t see it right away, give it time and check back later.)

How to Use Google for Jobs

Now since I know you’re eager to start your new and improved job hunt, we’ll get right to the “how” and put a pin in the “why” for a minute.

To use Google for Jobs, you simply type a job query into the regular ol’ Google search bar — you don’t even have to go to a special site.

You can type in something as broad as “writing jobs” or as specific as “Red Lobster jobs” and a widget will pop up with all the relevant job openings. You’ll then see options for narrowing your search, including date posted, company type, category and location. You can also narrow down the list by job type, including filters for full-time, part-time, internships and contract work.

Once you’ve narrowed down your search results, you can even set a job alert to deliver instant, daily or weekly alerts about new jobs to your email inbox.

When you find a job that interests you, click through and you’ll be taken to a “job overview” page. There, you’ll find a copy of the job listing along with helpful information like your potential commute time, reviews about the company from sites like Glassdoor and Indeed, as well as links to the company’s website and the original job listing.

To apply for a job, you have to go to the original job listing. Google is not involved in the application process at all, as Google for Jobs is simply a search tool, not a platform on which jobs are actually listed.

What’s So Special About Google for Jobs, Though?

So here’s the “why,” as promised: Google simply wants to make jobs more accessible to more people, and to better connect job seekers to employers by making job listings of every type more visible.

The tool pulls job listings from almost all of the leading online job boards, including sites like Glassdoor and CareerBuilder, along with any jobs frequently found solely on a company’s homepage, like serving and retail jobs.

This means you no longer have to keep tabs on four different job sites or spend your day digging through each restaurant chain’s individual website. Instead, jobs of every type will be visible in one place, through one search.

Google is also seeking to eradicate the issue of double-posted job listings and the inclusion of  unclear or minimal job details. If the tool finds a job with multiple postings, it will link to the one with the most complete information included in the hopes that it will entice sites to share the most pertinent and helpful details going forward.

And no, Google won’t use your search history to present you with jobs it thinks you might like. Nick Zakrasek, the product manager in charge of Google for Jobs, joked that just because you like to go fishing, that doesn’t mean you’re looking for a job on a fishing boat.

The point of the tool is a broader range of job listings that can be narrowed down to a finer point, so you’ll see just about every relevant job listing the internet has to offer, all in one move, all in one place.

And with that, Google just changed the job hunting game.

Grace Schweizer is a junior writer at The Penny Hoarder.