Donna Svei Reviews Google for Jobs

Google for Jobs — Review

If you’re looking for a job, let Google make your life easier with Google for Jobs.

How Does Google for Jobs Work?

I’ll walk you through an example.

 Getting Started with Google for Jobs

  1. Go to your Google search bar.
  2. Enter your preferred job title, followed by the word “jobs” and your preferred location.

Like this:

Google for Jobs, Google Search Bar

Google for Jobs will:

  1. Return company-specific job postings.
  2. Let you see more jobs.

Like this:

Google for Jobs, Example of Job Listings

Click the Arrow for 100+ More Jobs

Click the 100+ More Jobs arrow, and you will see a screen like this:

Google for Jobs, See More Jobs Example

It lets you:

  1. See the posting for the first job on the list.
  2. Scroll down to see more postings.
  3. Turn on a Job Alert for your search.

Expand or Modify Your Google for Jobs Search

Google for Jobs suggests additional available job titles, posting dates, job types, locations, industries, and employers for your search. Just click the headings highlighted in blue to explore your curiosity.

Like this:


Search Google for Jobs by Title

Date Posted

Search Google for Jobs by Job Posting Date


Search Google for Jobs by Job Type


Search Google for Jobs for Jobs in Nearby Cities

Company Type (Industry)

Search Google for Jobs by Company Type Industry Sector


Search Google for Jobs by Employer Company Name

How to Do Company Research with Google for Jobs

Google for Jobs also puts basic company research at your fingertips. At the bottom of each job posting, it links to the company’s:

1. Glassdoor and Indeed ratings.
2. Website.
3. More of the company’s job postings.
4. Google search results for the company’s name.

Like this:

How to Use Google for Jobs to Do Employer Company Research

What Jobs Are Listed on Google for Jobs?

I scrolled far down the Seattle Controller search in the example above. All of the listings appeared to come from job boards — all the biggies except Indeed — plus many I didn’t know.

As of launch date, Indeed has declined to provide its listings to Google. Good idea? Not so much? Time will tell. (Still true, October 2018.)

I also didn’t see any posts from company websites. They’re either there or coming soon. (They’re there, October 2018).

Minimizes False Positives 

One of my favorite things about Google for Jobs is that it minimizes false positives in its results. When I searched for organization development jobs nationwide (organization development jobs US), I got back OD and closely related jobs.

When I ran the same search on two other well-known job boards/aggregators, I got more false positives than I cared to count.

Google for Jobs saves you time by giving you clean, actionable search results.

Set Up Your Alerts Now

To the extent you search job postings for career opportunities, Google for Jobs would be my first stop.

Set up your alerts and see what hits your inbox. Or have your ten-year-old do it for you. It’s that easy.

The Dark Side of Google for Jobs

Note that I said, “To the extent you search job postings…” just above because there is a dark side to responding to publicly posted jobs.

I had a similar question from a LinkedIn friend that went like this:

“Curious as to why you say it’s awesome. Looks to be just a consolidation of every site that is not Indeed. Given that 80% of jobs are found through networking, how does this help?”

My response:

“Great question…Even though people know the positive stats about networking, they still look at job postings.

It’s uber easy to set up alerts on Google for Jobs, and it gives clean results.

Thus, using it will minimize the amount of time people spend looking for and at job postings and free them up for networking.

Also, smart job seekers will network their way into interviews for jobs they find via Google for Jobs rather than applying online.”

Google for Jobs — Rating

I give Google for Jobs a five-star rating in the job board category.

Sharing is Caring

What do you think? Love it? Hate it? Do you have a cool hack? What have I missed? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the Comments below.

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Updated October 2018

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Comments 6

  1. Hi Phil,

    I don’t know.

    LinkedIn is feeding its job postings to Google for Jobs. Thus, they must wager that the offsite exposure will broaden their audience and drive more traffic to their postings than they can generate on their own.

    In the longer run, I see two risks:

    1. Google for Jobs starts offering a direct posting service for employers in addition to allowing employers to feed jobs from their employment websites.

    2. Google for Jobs starts offering an “Apply with Your Google Profile” feature.

    Both of those would compete with LinkedIn directly.

    I’m curious what others think about this.

    Thank you,


  2. Abdul,


    I just got off the phone with a client who agrees with you. It’s helping him in his job search. He’s pairing it with Indeed. I’ll be interested to hear how people think they compare as Google for Jobs gains traction.


  3. I’ve been receiving unemployment payments for a few months, and I never knew about this until today. The unemployment department should teach those of us looking for a job this wonderful way of searching. They never mentioned this option during our training, so I take it they do not know about it. I am planning to share this article with them, so they can include it as part of their training. Wonderful!


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