In July of this year, my company was purchased. The last week of September, the sale was completed. And, in the first week of October, my role was eliminated. Yeah, it sucks but fortunately for me, it looks like the job search is nearing an end. But when I see the improvements that Google Search is making for job seekers, it makes me smile as they are certainly trying to make what can be a painful process easier.
Teaming up with the likes of LinkedIn, Glassdoor and PayScale, Google Search now not only allows you to see jobs in your area, but also can give you an estimated salary for those roles. This adds to the already powerful job searching features in the app, which Google rolled out earlier this year.
In addition to this new salary information in Search, Google has listened to feedback on the feature and have now added a much more granular location filtering feature.
Using filters in the search result, you can now filter on jobs from 2 to 200 miles away and the results will only show jobs in that geographical area. This is a great feature for those who live in large metro areas where getting to a new job even 10 miles away can be really challenging. Now you can refine it to meet your needs and lifestyle more specifically.
Finally, as part of this new update, when you find a job you are interested in, you can see the locations where that job is listed (like Monster or the company’s career’s site). This way, you can apply for the role using the resume/job application site or service that you have already built your resume in online. Later, Google will be adding the ability to save your job searches too.
All of these new features in Google Search are cloud-side changes. So long as you have the latest version of the Google app on your Android phone, you will get the update behind-the-scenes. Whether you are actively looking for a job or not, check it out. It could be the place you find that role you’ve been seeking.