Google shares closed lower in the US Monday, as the tech giant launched its job-hunting service in the UK. The internet behemoth has teamed up with a number of prominent employment agencies, to offer those looking for work a new way to find their next position.
Google shares ended the US Monday trading session 0.66% lower at $1,196.51. The stock is also trading in the red in out-of-hours activity.
Google’s UK job search
Google shared its new initiative in a blog post Monday. It said it is working with employment agencies and search engines, including:
- The Guardian Jobs.
- The Telegraph.
- Reach plc's totallylegal.
That means when job hunters use the Google search service, they’ll see details of suitable jobs advertised by the above group of firms, all in one place.
The new service is currently free to use – and also free for the employment agencies to be part of. It works when users search on Google for jobs.
When a user types in ‘jobs near me’ or a search for a specific industry, as well as giving you the usual search results you might be familiar with, users will also be presented with the option of clicking through to a Google feature that gives you more details on any jobs that are specific to you and your search.
“You can access salary information, reviews and ratings of the employer and different options to apply for a job, or use a location filter to see jobs in the areas that are convenient for you,” Google’s Search Product Manager Joy Xi, said.
“Thanks to Google Maps, if you’re signed in, you’ll even be able to see how long it would take to commute to a job from your home,” Xi added.
Google committed to supporting UK job hunters
The launch of the UK Google jobs search service sees an expansion of the service that’s already available in the US, Spain and some areas of Africa.
It also follows Google’s commitment to help 100,000 UK-based job searchers find a new role by 2020.