Not all AI are designed to steal our jobs. Although many existing AI are created to replace repetitive manual labors, there is AI here to help us to find jobs now. In fact, jobs like designing, babysitting, content creation, and many STEM job simply can’t be replaced by AI easily, yet. Recently, Google is developing an AI to help us to find jobs. At this moment, Google released its private alpha testing version of their AI product Google for Jobs to the public via Google Cloud Platform. Google is offering its free alpha testing trial version to all Google users. During the free trial, user can have access to the service. Then, they can choose to terminate the service when the time is almost over or continue using it as premium service.
At June 20, Nick Zakrasek, product manager of Google for Jobs revealed to the public, at Google’s press release blog. Within the blog, he stated the existing problem of many job seekers can’t find the right jobs to fit their skill. Underemployment is one of the serious economic issues that skilled labors only can find low paying jobs. It is true that many job seekers now day feel like they can’t find a right job for the skill they learned or trained for years. At the same time, employers are having trouble to find talents that can fit into their opening positions too. According to a talent shortage survey conducted by the Manpower Group in 2016, there are 46 percent of US employers are having trouble filling their open positions to the right candidates. The reasons are lack of available applicants, applicants lack of experience or skills (hard and soft), and applicants are asking more compensation than offered. Hence this AI product will be helpful for employers and job seekers.
Today, we’re taking the next step in the Google for Jobs initiative by putting the convenience and power of Search into the hands of job seekers. With this new experience, we aim to connect Americans to job opportunities across the U.S., so no matter who you are or what kind of job you’re looking for, you can find job postings that match your needs. – Nick Zakrasek
As Google has the access to information of major online job boards like LinkedIn, Hired, Indeed, Monster, WayUp, freelancing and volunteer recruitment sites, Google can simply gather all of these information together. Google is going to use a machine learning method they developed to give smarter job recommendations to job seekers. At this stage, this software is still in alpha testing and Google users can sign up for free trial. Google for Jobs will learn about the user’s skill set and experience levels before giving suggestions.
Google for Jobs is accessible through both desktop and mobile platform but only have job openings available in the US. It has filtering features of what most online job boards have like “jobs near me”, choosing industry, job type, experiences, location, and search keywords to fit criteria in the job description. As Google is combining all job posts from major online job boards, the most important task should be done is to eliminate duplicated job posts. Companies don’t only post their opening positions at one online job board. At the same time, Google for Jobs have the feature for users to rate employers like Glassdoor. This feature also allow Google to identify legitimacy of certain companies to avoid having job scam posts. Comparing to other job boards, Google for Jobs’ advantage is going to have the largest data set of job opening and rating of employers within the US while having similar functions.
This AI won’t eliminate online job boards since it is only gathering information from them. Companies will continue to post their opening positions on job boards. However, this AI may cause some disruption to the employment agencies. With the disruption of online job boards, there are fewer job seekers visit employment agency to look for job openings. In some cases, employment agencies need to post their clients’ job offer on job boards to attract potential talents. With this new competition, could employment agencies continue to survive?