Google has recently acquired a handful of the United Kingdom’s major recruitment services to convert into a “local version” of their job hunting capabilities. Among these companies providing listings are are Reed, Guardian Jobs, Haymarket, and Totaljobs.com, as well as global contenders such as Glassdoor and LinkedIn.
When a user inputs their search, the engine automatically brings up the “freshest and most relevant” vacancies based on location.
One expert, however, thinks that the aforementioned firms may regret the collaboration in the future. At the moment, Google is not charging “rent” for the employment sites to feature their listings or place extra advertisements.
Robert Jeffrey, Editor of People Management magazine, suggests wariness: “Google is a behemoth of search, it controls the gateway to the internet – so I can understand why others feel they have to be part of its jobs service. But undoubtedly it will start charging for placement and other premium services, and for third-party sites that represent a risk.”
Google For Jobs is already up and running in the US, Spain, and certain regions of Africa – and the company claims that they have already supplied millions of connections for job openings.
Aside from the larger listing sites, however, Google has also joined forces with thousands of smaller, more niche portals.
“What job seekers get is the ability to find jobs from all over the internet,” Product Manager Joy Xi explained. “What the employers get is easier discoverability.”
Xi added that there were other pros over using a singular site – for instance, Google’s “search smarts” makes it so that applicants don’t have to perform multiple searches for the same type of job, like the umbrella of programmer, software engineer, and developer. Furthermore, Maps offers data on how long it would take to commute to the job in question for the searcher.
Despite the success of Google, one huge player has declined any data sharing, and it’s Indeed. Indeed is technically a competitor, and at 14 years old, claims to be the most popular job search platform on the globe with over 200 million unique visitors monthly.
“At this time, Indeed has decided not to partner because we feel that’s the best decision for jobseekers,” Marketing Chief Paul D’Arcy commented. “Moving forward, we will continue to evaluate this and other partnerships.”
Recently, Indeed acquired Resume.com and has debuted new capabilities for employers to minimize bias in hiring in hopes of maintaining its position in the market. The lack of Google partnership, however, means that Indeed results now show up lower on Google’s pages.
“Indeed is the biggest in the market at the moment, and it may feel like it’s got the most to lose by getting into bed with Google,” said Jeffrey. “But it’s a brave move.”
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