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How to effectively use Google for Jobs

Posted on 08 December 2021

How to effectively use Google for Jobs

7-minute read​

We set out to help bring simplicity to the chaos of recruitment, and one of the ways we wanted to do that here at Peritus Partners was through education.

In a traditional recruitment agency, you are taught to never give away trade secrets, never share anything that might result in an applicant using another service or platform to find a job and not you.

It’s a good job we’re next-generation recruiters who believe in knowledge sharing then.

Chances are high that at some stage in your job search, you simply ‘googled’ the job title and location you were looking for. If you have, you will have seen many links to various sites, some job boards and some direct companies.

However, did you know that Google has its own job board. A job board that is becoming increasingly popular and a job board that might result in you finding your next career step. The job board is a powerful aggregator, pulling jobs off the companies who sign up to the platform automatically when they post them through their website (resulting in more actual companies on the job board than agencies).

In this article, we will present ‘Google for Jobs’. How to find this platform and how to use it most effectively that it actually ends up working for you.


Where is this job board?

There are a few ways you can access Google's job board, but the simplest (because we are all about simplicity) is using this link (https://jobs.google.com/) and clicking on ‘View live’.

This will then bring up a Google search with the query ‘jobs near me’, and providing you allow location settings, you should see a box that has 3 suggested jobs near you and a tab that says ‘100+ more jobs’.

Clicking ‘100+ more jobs’ will bring you to the screen we want to access.


Navigating the job board

Googles job board should feel familiar if you have used a job board before. You can customise your search criteria using a number of filters such as:

Category — referring to the overall group your job might belong to, for example: Computer and IT or Healthcare or Construction.

Title — put simply, the job title you are seeking. The selection options will change if you have already selected a category to make the search easier.

Location — this will be drawn from your current location settings, if you are looking for a role in another city or country you can use the main search bar to search the location first before selecting any other filters.

Date Posted — using this filter, you will be able to see the latest jobs first, maximising your application in those newly posted positions.

Language — will allow you to filter the language of the job posting itself, this is really useful if you are looking for a role say in German but do not speak German yet. Filtering to English job postings will ensure that the company probably work in English.

Type — refers to the contract type, so it could be full-time, contracting, part-time or internship.

Employer — will bring up a direct list of companies hiring on the job board, allowing you to filter to a company of your choice specifically.


Information to check

Once you have set the filters to your preference you can start browsing jobs on the board. On the left-hand side, you will see the list of available jobs and once clicked, the middle section will adjust accordingly.

Depending on the company, directly in the job window if you scroll down, you might find star ratings from Glassdoor, Indeed and PayScale.

Along with a number of reviews and a link to that company’s respective page on that review site.

This is by far one of the best features in the job board, as you can clearly see within a glance their overall rating as well as the number of reviews, with simple access to explore more if you wished.

Of course, not all job postings will have these features, but the larger a company, say Zalando for example it almost certainly will.

Alongside the review tabs, Google will also pull information from Glassdoor regarding ‘typical pay for this type of work’. Allowing you, if you are not clued up on market rates for that specific opening, to apply with confidence on what the market typically pays for.

This works better for positions that have more data on naturally and in our research, we did find a few questionable benchmark salaries we felt were below market rate.


Making it work for you

Now you understand where to find the Googles job board, how to navigate the filters correctly and what to keep an eye out for when it comes to important information, lets close up by working out how Google can work for you.

Again, if you are used to working with job boards, this won’t be a shock to you but it surprises us how little people use a very common feature. That feature is ‘job alerts’.

If you have gone to the effort of creating a search that is right for you, save it and then create a job alert so you simply get new jobs in your inbox and can bypass having to check daily.

By doing this, you save time in your job search, allowing you to focus on other tools, interview preparations or upskilling.

Time is that finite resource you cannot get back, so don’t waste it scrolling through the same job board daily, set up an alert and thank us later.


And just like that, if you followed this article start to finish you should be ready to tackle Google's job board like a pro. If you have used our job board (https://www.perituspartners.co.uk/jobs) it should feel very similar, and hopefully, you have already signed in to our site to create your alerts, but if not, the same rules apply for us as it does to Google.

Sign in, save your time and let us contact you with roles that match what you want.

Share around to help everyone learn a little and together we can bring simplicity to the chaos of recruitment.

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