Need Help Finding the Perfect Job? Just Ask Google

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The king of search engines hopes to help you find your next job.

Google wants to better match job seekers to job openings and better connect hiring companies with potential employees. This effort is part of an initiative called Google for Jobs.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai explained in a blog post Wednesday:

“… almost half of U.S. employers say they still have issues filling open positions. Meanwhile, job seekers often don’t know there’s a job opening just around the corner from them, because the nature of job posts — high turnover, low traffic, inconsistency in job titles — have made them hard for search engines to classify.”

So in the coming week, Google will launch a new feature for its search engine. The feature “helps people look for jobs across experience and wage levels — including jobs that have traditionally been much harder to search for and classify, like service and retail jobs,” according to Pichai.

He also announced the new search feature Wednesday during his keynote address at Google’s annual Google I/O conference for software developers, USA Today reports. Pichai told attendees that “the challenge of connecting job seekers to better information on job availability is like many search challenges we’ve solved in the past.”

Google’s new job search feature will scour the web for job listings, pulling them from a variety of sources, including job websites like Glassdoor and ZipRecruiter and social media networks like Facebook and LinkedIn, according to USA Today.

Then, job openings that match a job seeker’s search will appear at the top of search results. Job seekers can narrow the results by applying filters, such as a filter that restricts search results to listings for entry-level jobs or full-time jobs.

Once job seekers find a job listing, they will be taken to the website where the job is posted so they can apply for it.

Of course, finding and applying for a job are but the first two steps to landing a new gig. Even before you apply, you should research the hiring company and the position and ensure your application and resume reflect that you did your homework and you fit the position.

Wherever you might be in this process, check out these articles for more specific pointers:

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