Google Expands Job Search Feature to India and Canada

Google Expands Job Search Feature to India and Canada

Google’s powerful new job search feature, launched in the US last June, has begun its global expansion and is now available in India and Canada. The India expansion will aggregate job listings from over a dozen partners, the Economic Times‘ Surabhi Agarwal reported last week, including some multinational partners like LinkedIn and IBM Talent Management Solutions, as well as India-specific job search sites like QuezX, QuikrJobs, and Shine.com:

Rajan Anandan, Vice President India & Southeast Asia, said in the last quarter of 2017, Google saw more than a 45% increase in the number of job search queries. “SMEs are the largest job creators but are often unable to make their listings discoverable. This new job search experience powered by our partners and our open platform approach attempts to bridge this gap,” he added.

With “Google for Jobs,” as the feature is commonly known, the search giant does not host job listings itself but rather directs search traffic to partner job boards using its sophisticated search algorithm, promising to more efficiently connect job seekers with positions already being listed in their geographic area and professional field.

Canadians can also now use Google’s powerful search tool to find their next job, the company has announced. Partner organizations in that country include the Canadian government’s Job Bank/Guichet-Emplois, BCJobs.ca, LinkedIn, Glassdoor, Monster.ca, Jobillico, and Jobboom.

Notably absent from that list is Indeed, which as ERE’s Joel Cheesman reminds readers also refused to share its job listings with Google in the US. Coincidentally or not, Cheesman observes, the news comes on the heels of Indeed making a major acquisition in Canada:

The move to unveil Google for Jobs in Canada comes just a week after Indeed acquired Workopolis, a popular job board in Canada. At the time, I speculated the move was made in part to strengthen its moat against an eventual Google entry into the market. Turns out, fending off ZipRecruiter allegedly had more to do with it, but I still think the threat of Google played some part in the strategy.