‘Google for Jobs’ will use machine learning to match jobs with candidates


Google Inc. aims to make job searching less painful with a new initiative announced at its Google I/O conference on Wednesday.

Google for Jobs will employ advanced machine learning to better match people with relevant jobs relating to their search queries. Speaking onstage at the conference, Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai said online job searching had become a “multifaceted problem,” in that U.S employers are facing talent shortages and yet job seekers often miss out on relevant positions.

Search results can be filtered by the date the job was posted, job title, job category, full-time or part-time, and even the commute time. Google also said it’s using its machine learning technology to better understand the content in the job description. Once a job seeker has applied a filter, he or she can also receive alerts based on that criteria.

Google has teamed up with a handful of companies over the last few months to test its cloud jobs API, including Johnson and Johnson, which said it saw an increase of 18 percent in job applications as a result. Google said it isn’t about to start hosting its own job listings. Instead, it will be partnering with services such as LinkedIn, Facebook, CareerBuilder, Monster and Glassdoor.

Nonetheless, some sites could feel the competitoion. One of the world’s largest job search engines, Indeed.com, is not listed as a partner. Indeed was quick to respond to Google’s announcement.

“We are happy to see that 13 years after Indeed launched, Google has woken up to the fact that searching for jobs is one of the most important searches in anyone’s life,” Indeed President Chris Hyams said in an email sent to SiliconANGLE. “We look forward to relentlessly innovating to help hundreds of millions of people find the right job, including millions of jobs that are only on Indeed.”

Pichai also said the Google for Jobs will encompass all manner of jobs, so whether you’re looking for “a barista job, a teacher who’s relocating across the country and wants a teaching a job, or someone who’s looking for work in construction, the product should do a great job of finding that for you,” he said.

Pichai said Google also wants to make applying for jobs less hassle, mentioning a one-click “Apply” feature, but he didn’t go into details.

Google for Jobs will roll out in the U.S. in coming weeks.

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