On March 1st 2018, Google announced a new job search experience that aims to help job seekers find jobs. For the first time, when someone uses their phone or computer to search Google for a job, they will see a streamlined experience letting them explore, research and find relevant local job postings. The launch builds on Google’s existing commitment in Sub Saharan Africa to improve economic opportunities for job seekers and employers.
“Finding employment is still very difficult for many people,” said Charles Murito Google Kenya country manager. “With Kenya’s high unemployment rate, this new job Search experience will help the millions of Kenyans searching for new opportunities. We believe that the web allows anyone, anywhere, of any age, to grow their business, learn the skills they need to get a job, to grow in their career, become an entrepreneur or developer. This new jobs Search tool will be a key driver for connecting job seekers to open opportunities, helping more people to grow with Google.”
According to Google, job seekers will be able to use the new Search experience to help them quickly and easily find opportunities suited to them. Users will be able to view at-a-glance details about postings, such as job title, location, whether it’s full-time, part-time or an internship, as well as detailed information should a job be of interest. Using Google Maps integration, job seekers can search for jobs from any place they can find on the map.
If you step away from your job search, Google has made it easy to pick up where you left off, while the “get alerts” button allows one to get email notifications when new jobs matching your search appear.
Google has invited all job sites, platforms and employers to integrate with them and make their jobs eligible to display in the new jobs Search experience. Google is working with a broad and growing cross-section of partners, including BrighterMonday and Fuzu in collaborations that will ensure Google is able to present job postings content accurately, as soon as it is posted, to exactly the people that will find it most relevant.
Google also supports tech startups at various stages of their lifecycle through the Launchpad program. Announced last year, Launchpad Accelerator Africa will provide over $3 million in equity-free funding, mentorship, working space and access to expert advisers to over 60 African startups over 3 years.