Google announced the launch of a new search feature on its website and app that allows people to directly find job listings from a number of local and regional job portals.
Starting today, users in 15 Middle East countries will find a series of results from across the web on the main Google Search results page, after entering a job-related query (example: “marketing jobs in Riyadh”) that meet their unique needs.
The results will include details under each job position like salary information, reviews and ratings of the employer as well as different options to apply for a job or use a location filter to see jobs in the areas that are convenient for the user.
“Connecting people with the right job opportunities that match their skills and interests is an extension of Google’s mission to organize the world’s information and make it accessible to everyone,” said Tarek Abdalla, Google’s Regional Head of Marketing in the Middle East and North Africa. “This new feature on Google Search builds on the great work being done by regional job portals in connecting people with the right career opportunities through aggregating all the opportunities available across several portals, allowing job seekers to better connect with the breadth of opportunities available on the web,”
Through the feature, job seekers will also be able to sign up for alerts by email to opportunities that come up across multiple portals.
Google partnered with 11 local and regional job portals from across the Middle East and North Africa which include Bayt, WUZZUF, Forasna, Emploitic, Novojob, Rekrute, Jobzella, Wzayef, Akhtaboot, Laimoon, and GulfTalent. The internet giant has also opened up the job portal for other companies to join in the collaboration.
“Since the majority of our visitors come through search engines, it will actually make more sense for them to land directly at the job details, saving them the effort and time to do another search within our site,” said Shadi Shaaban, co-founder at Wzayef.com. “Job searching is a repetitive process that may take an individual a few weeks or months, enhancing the convenience of such a process will definitely have a very positive impact.”
This new feature builds on Maharat min Google, Google’s digital skills building program launched earlier this year to equip Arabic-speakers with the essential skills designed to help their careers and businesses through online courses and certification.
According to Google’s internal data, there is a wide variety of job preferences across the region. In the UAE, jobs in education, nutrition, and travel trended most highly in 2017. In Saudi Arabia, civil service, journalism, and the public sector topped the list, while in Egypt, people looked for jobs in transportation, engineering, and law.