Google has a handy new job search tool for United Kingdom users

Alonzo Simpson
July 19, 2018

When a user types in "jobs near me" or a search for a specific industry, as well as giving you the usual search results you might be familiar with, users will also be presented with the option of clicking through to a Google feature that gives you more details on any jobs that are specific to you and your search. With Google Search's ease of use and enormous reach, it could now be much easier for Brits to find their dream vocation. The notifications can be stopped easily via Google Search.

It also follows Google's commitment to help 100,000 UK-based job searchers find a new role by 2020. In the US, Spain, and some parts of Africa, Google has offered a service built right into Search that aids users in their job hunt.

Google began testing job search features in April of past year and then announced the initiative at Google I/O.

Google For Jobs works alongside the company's pioneering search engine.

This launch also builds on the commitment we made previous year to help 100,000 people in the United Kingdom find a job or grow in their career by 2020.

The tool that has now launched in the United Kingdom is nearly identical to the U.S. version, only the United Kingdom one sorts through positions posted by recruiters located in the same country. Typing simple queries like "teaching jobs" or "jobs near me" will let you browse listings pulled from a variety of sources, including Gumtree, TotalJobs, Reed, and The Guardian Jobs. These job-matching sites automatically connect job seekers to various opportunities as soon as new job listings appear online.

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Google's job search feature (pictured) collects and organises job listings within its search engine. Of course, it remains to be seen as to how successful Google's play in the job market space pans out, particularly given that its original aim for the USA rollout was to help "the players in the ecosystem to be more successful".

One of the first results will be a shortlist of openings under the "jobs" heading.

Is it good for employers?

So next time you find yourself sick and exhausted of your boss, on the last straw with the colleague who keeps microwaving fish, or simply feel like you deserve more money for youe time and effort, Google's got another tool for you to check out.

Reed's director of marketing Mark Smith said that early signs from its testing of the feature show that jobseekers arriving at their site from Google are more application-ready, and is anticipating a "positive impact on the quality and volume of applications" it can supply to its recruitment clients.

However, People Management magazine's editor, Robert Jeffrey, told the BBC that the news "represents a risk" for third-party job-hosting sites.

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