Google Opens Up Its ‘Cloud Talent Solution’

Google Opens Up Its ‘Cloud Talent Solution’

After successfully piloting its AI-enhanced job search technology, Cloud Talent Solution, with select customers including Johnson & Johnson and CareerBuilder, Google made the product publicly available last week, VentureBeat reported:

Cloud Talent Solution, which launched as Cloud Jobs API in 2016, is a development platform for job search workloads that factors in desired commute time, mode of transit, and other preferences in matching employers with job seekers. It also powers automated job alerts and saved search alerts. According to Google, CareerBuilder, which uses Cloud Talent Solution, saw a 15 percent lift in users who view jobs sent through alerts and 41 percent increase in “expression of interest” actions from those users.

Alongside the public launch of Cloud Talent Solution, Google introduced a new feature to the toolset: profile search. It allows staffing agencies and enterprise hiring companies to, using natural phrases like “front-end engineer” or “mid-level manager,” sift quickly through databases of past candidates. Profile search is available today in private beta.

Organizations can try Cloud Talent Solution out for free (pricing kicks in at over 10,000 queries per month) directly through the Google Cloud platform, or request access through one of Google’s talent acquisition technology provider partners.

The public rollout of Cloud Talent Solution is another sign of Google’s extensive investment in AI and machine learning and the rapidly growing application of these technologies to talent acquisition and management. It is just one of several avenues through which Google is moving into the recruiting market.

The search giant launched Google Hire, a recruiting and applicant tracking system, last July as part of the company’s G Suite of enterprise software offerings for US businesses with under 1,000 employees. In April, Google updated the system to include a “candidate discovery” feature that enables organizations to more accurately source qualified candidates and help hiring managers find past candidates who might be good fits for newly open positions. In June, it added a number of new AI tools to Google Hire, which can automatically highlight key terms in candidates’ résumés, schedule interviews, and log phone calls made to candidates to keep track of who has been contacted.

Google has also added job search functionality on the candidate side, with a feature launched in the US last year known as Google for Jobs. The site does not host job listings itself, but rather partners with job listing sites like Facebook, LinkedIn, and Monster to aggregate listings and connect candidates more precisely to the jobs they are looking for. The feature was expanded to India and Canada this May, and then to the UK in July. Job seekers in the US and UK can see an estimate of their commuting route and time from their home to a prospective job through Google Maps—a feature that is quickly becoming standard in job search engines.