Even with tools such as Indeed and Glassdoor, it can be difficult to find a job that you’re completely qualified for. Google is trying to make it easier for job seekers find job openings and local training opportunities to meet all the job’s requirement.
After recognizing the skills gap between employers and potential employees, Google announced a new feature called “Pathways.” The feature is designed to help people find information about the skills needed for a job and connect them with local training resources. [Read related article: Resume Tips for the Inexperienced]
“We see an opportunity for Search to help bridge this gap by connecting job seekers with effective, nearby job training programs delivering skills local employers need,” Nick Zakrasek, product manager at Google, wrote in a blog post.
Pathways is part of the Grow with Google initiative to ensure economic opportunity for everyone.
“When someone searches for jobs on Google, we’ll show not only jobs available right now in their area, but also information about effective local training and education programs,” wrote Zakrasek.
Google has started a pilot of Pathways in Virginia, and is partnering with the State of Virginia, The Virginia Community College System, local employers and others. Google is also piloting with Goodwill to make sure their education and training programs can be found easily online.
Google hopes to take information from the pilot to develop new features and make the information accessible to everyone the United States.
Other websites helping seekers find jobs
While Google Pathways will be a helpful feature for job seekers, there are other tools you should check out if you’re searching for a new gig. Here’s what other websites are doing to make finding a job easier.
- Facebook: In spring 2018, Facebook rolled out a Jobs marketplace. With the marketplace, individuals can search for job openings. Facebook will auto-fill applications with profile information such as job history. Facebook also has a goal to train 1 million people and small businesses in digital skills by 2020, and help job seekers develop skills.
- Indeed: Indeed is a website and mobile app that lets individuals search for jobs. Job seekers can filter results based on industry, location, desired salary, job type and experience level.
- Monster: Monster also has a website and mobile app, and lets job seekers search for new openings and filter results based on needs and location. With Monster, you can access your resumes, cover letter and previously submitted job applications. You can also be notified when new positions are added.
- LinkedIn Job Search: LinkedIn is a social media network, and is one of the most popular professional networking tools available. With LinkedIn Job Search, you can look for open positions and connect with other professionals.
- CareerBuilder: Link other job sites, individuals can search for jobs by industry, location or company with CareerBuilder. You may track and view your job-search history, save jobs for later and view your competition’s educational levels and years of experience.
- Glassdoor: With Glassdoor, you can look at more than just job openings. You can also read feedback from current and past employees about a company’s culture, benefits, pay, interview process and more. You can also leave comments and reviews on companies you’ve worked for in the past.