Good news for the job seekers out there because things are about to get a lot easier!
Today, Google officially announced a new job search experience to help job seekers in Nigeria— over 22 million of them, according to the Nigerian Bureau of Statistics— find employment opportunities. So, when you search for a job on Google, you’d get a streamlined experience that lets you explore, research and find relevant/local job postings.
In other words, when you search for a job on Google, let’s say, social media manager jobs in Lagos:
You will be able to view at-a-glance details about the posting such as job title, location, whether it’s full-time, part-time or an internship. You can even select a particular company, say, Channels Television, and apply on the go!
That is not all, using Google Maps integration, job seekers can search for jobs any place they can find on the map, and if they’re signed in, they can see how long it would take to commute to the job from home.
One of my favorite features is the ability to enable personalized alerts for different job query.
All fine and dandy, but the question is, is Google trying to push Jobberman and others out of business?
Google has collaborated with top job sites in the country to create this. They’ve invited (and are inviting) all job sites, platforms and employers — big and small — to integrate with them and make their jobs eligible to display in the new job search experience. With Google’s newly released open documentation, any jobs provider is able to integrate its content through open structured schema.org web markup standards Google supports
To optimize the feature and make it more useful, Google is working with a broad and growing cross-section of partners, such as the Federal Government, Jobberman, NGCareers, MyJobMag and other job resource websites in Nigeria. These collaborations ensure Google is able to present job postings content accurately, as soon as it is posted, to exactly the people that will find it most relevant.
According to Ehimuan Chiazor,
“The launch of this new jobs Search experience is part of our broader commitment to improve economic opportunities for job seekers and employers through Google technologies in partnership with the broader employment industry. Google is committed to providing useful, accurate and relevant information based on your search queries and helping you connect to your next job. In this way we hope to make a contribution towards matching job seekers with jobs and taking steps to tackle the skills gap.
Also speaking at the launch event, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Job Creation & Youth Employment, Afolabi Imoukhuede commented that:
“The Federal Government of Nigeria under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari has prioritised Job Creation for the teeming unemployed and
underemployed youths as contained in the Job Creation Strategy section of the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP). It is therefore our pleasure to endorse and partner Google on this job Search experience launch that seeks to connect job seekers to jobs.”
What do you think?