Google for Jobs, the service which allows users to find job listings on the Google’s search results page, has been launched in India.The service which was first unveiled at Google I/O in 2017 was only available in certain global markets so far. The service is available on Google’s search app on both Android and iOS, it can also be accessed from Google search on desktop and mobile browsers.

How does it work?

Google Job search

With this new feature, users can type in a query like “jobs near me,” “writing jobs” or something along those lines and the search result page will show the new job search widget that lets you see a broad range of jobs. From there, users can further refine their query to only include full-time only for example. Users can also click through to get more information about a specific job and in some cases the salary band on offer. You can also filter jobs by industry, location, when they were posted, and employer. Once a user finds a query that works, they can also turn on notifications so they get an immediate alert when a new job is posted that matches their personalised query.

Job search data

How does Google get all the information on available jobs? The search giant isn’t exactly eating LinkedIn’s or Quickr’s pie here. Rather Google is partnering with them and many other job advertising websites including Aasaanjobs, Freshersworld, Headhonchos, IBM Talent Management Solutions, LinkedIn, Quezx, QuikrJobs, Shine.com, T-Jobs, TimesJobs, and Wisdomjobs. All job listings that appear on the search results have been aggregated from these platforms.

The search giant doesn’t just want to limit the service to the above job websites only. Rather the company has published open documentation that will allow employers and other third-party job search platforms to make their job opening discoverable here. While announcing Google for Jobs in 2017, the company had made a big deal about using AI to remove duplicate listings, which are bound to happen on a system opened to employers and third-party platforms. But there is no mention of this in today’s announcement.

Searching for jobs on Google

In its blog announcing the launch of the new feature, Google said the product was a reflection of search habits of Indians in recent years. According to the company in Q4 of 2017, there was a jump of more than 45% in jobs search queries compared to the previous year. More than 50% of job-related queries are originating from mobile and these mobile-based queries are up nearly 90% year on year.