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article imageGoogle updates its job finder with salary estimates and more

By James Walker     Nov 15, 2017 in Technology
Google's added several new capabilities to its job searching tool as it aims to better rival services such as LinkedIn. The search engine's built-in job finder launched earlier this week and is now being improved with salary estimates and location ranges.
Salary estimates
Google said that 85 percent of U.S. job postings omit any salary information, making it difficult for job hunters to determine what they'll be paid. From today, job listings displayed in search results will be accompanied by an estimated salary metric that's calculated based on averages for the role and location.
Google s updating its job results listings
Google's updating its job results listings
Google uses data from providers including Glassdoor, PayScale and LinkedIn to estimate the salary of a particular position based on job title, location and employer. The estimate is displayed for every job, even if the employer has listed a specific salary. This lets you check whether you'll be paid above or below the figure Google thinks you should receive.
Saving searches
Job results will now be accompanied by a list of all the sites they've been posted to. This lets you visit the detailed listing on the website of your preference. If you're already using a job hunting site, you can jump to it straight from the search results to start applying to the position.
Google s updating its job results listings
Google's updating its job results listings
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Google's also adding several convenience features to the job finder, including the option of saving jobs for later and a refined location picking experience. You can choose to show jobs within a certain range of your home, letting you pick between local opportunities or positions a bit further afield. The slider extends from 2 to 200 miles from your home.
Simpler job hunting
Google said the new features are meant to reduce stress and offer a simpler experience for job hunters. It claimed that "tens of millions" of users have already been shown job listings within search results, helping them find work opportunities across multiple websites.
Google s updating its job results listings
Google's updating its job results listings
"To help the millions of people who turn to Google to start their job search, we worked with leaders across the industry to introduce a new experience earlier this year," said Google. "Since then, we've seen more than 60 percent of employers showing jobs in Search and connected tens of millions of people to new job opportunities."
The new options are available from today within Google's search results on desktop and mobile devices. The company said it would continue to develop the features based on user feedback.
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