Google wants to play matchmaker, but for job seekers and talent hunters.
Google announced on Wednesday a new job-oriented search tool that will use the company’s advanced “machine learning” technology to provide personalized results.
It’s not just for people. Google teased the new tool as a good way for candidates to find jobs, but also for companies to find the right people.
The new tool will be integrated into Google’s existing search engine and is meant to use contextual details like location to help surface relevant job listings at the top of searches.
“Through a new initiative, Google for Jobs, we hope to connect companies with potential employees, and help job seekers find new opportunities,” Google CEO Sundar Pichai wrote in a blog post. “As part of this effort, we will be launching a new feature in Search in the coming weeks that helps people look for jobs across experience and wage levelsincluding jobs that have traditionally been much harder to search for and classify, like service and retail jobs.”
Pichai announced the new feature during Google’s I/O presentation, where it teased a variety of its newest tools.
“Google for Jobs,” as Google is calling it, isn’t available just yet but will be out in the coming weeks.
The tool would seem to be an immediate threat to job boards like Monster and professional networks like LinkedIn, which is now owned by Microsoft. That made it all the more surprising that LinkedIn and Monster worked with Google on the tool.
Pichai said that Google for Jobs is part of the company’s broader commitment in using its technology to help people. It’s also a familiar challenge, considering many people start their job hunt with a Google search.