If you’re looking for a job, or just want to be aware of the market for people like you, you’d be crazy to miss setting up alerts on Google for Jobs.
How Does Google for Jobs Work?
I’ll walk you through an example:
Getting Started with Google for Jobs
- Go to your Google search bar.
- Enter your preferred job title, followed by the word “jobs” and your preferred location.
The query will:
- Return company-specific job postings
- Let you see more jobs
100+ More Jobs
Click the “100+ more jobs “arrow, and you will see a screen like this:
It lets you:
- See the posting for the first job on the list
- Scroll down to see more postings
- Turn on a Job Alert for your search
Expand or Modify Your Search
Google for Jobs also provides:
- Additional job titles that might interest you
- Posting dates
- Job types
- Employers for your search.
Just click the headings highlighted in blue to explore your curiosity.
Company Type (Industry)
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 Glassdoor and Indeed ratings
- The company’s Website
- More of the company’s job postings
- Google search results for the company’s name
What Jobs Are Listed on Google for Jobs?
I scrolled far down the Seattle Controller search in the example above.
Most of the listings appeared to come from job boards (all the biggies except Indeed) and recruiters. There are also posts from company websites.
As of 2021, Indeed hasn’t provided its listings to Google.
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 2 other well-known job listing aggregators, I got more false positives than I cared to count.
Thus, Google for Jobs saves you time by giving you clean, actionable 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 10-year-old do it for you; it’s that easy.
The Dark Side
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 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?”
“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 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
Per all the above, I give Google for Jobs a 5-star rating!
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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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Featured by Career Sherpa
Updated February 2021
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