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Google for Jobs launches today to focus on postings from job boards

June 20, 2017

Google today launched Google for Jobs, its artificial intelligence job search tool that shows job postings from sites such as LinkedIn, Monster and CareerBuilder. Google first announced the product last month.

Starting today in English on desktop and mobile, users can search for “jobs near me,” “teaching jobs,” or similar job-seeking queries, and receive in-depth results on jobs from across the web. Users can search for key criteria, like commute time, job specialties they've honed or the hours they have available to work.

“We’ll continue to add additional filters and information in the future,” Product Manager Nick Zakrasek wrote in a blog post announcing the launch. “Looking for jobs is a personal and complex journey, and one that we’re trying to support in this new search experience.”

This effort includes the Cloud Jobs API, announced last year, which provides access to Google’s machine learning capabilities to power smarter job search and recommendations within career sites, jobs boards, and other job matching sites and apps.

TechCrunch reported Google is adamant that it doesn’t want to directly compete with online job boards such as Monster or CareerBuilder. Google currently has no plans to let employers posts jobs directly to its jobs search engine. “We want to do what we do best: search,” Nick Zakrasek, Google’s product manager for this project, told TechCrunch. “We want the players in the ecosystem to be more successful.” Anything beyond that is not in Google’s wheelhouse, Zakrasek added.

Google is working with a number of organizations from across the industry to gather its comprehensive listing of jobs — including LinkedIn, Monster, WayUp, DirectEmployers, CareerBuilder, Glassdoor and Facebook. It is publishing open documentation for all jobs providers, including third-party platforms or direct employers, detailing how to make their job openings discoverable in this new feature.

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