In its second international launch, Google’s job-search function is now live in Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa.
In February, the AIM Group reported that Google Search for Jobs, which had previously only been available to U.S. users, had been rolled out in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, and Mexico.
Now, South Africans, Kenyans, and Nigerians will be able to search for job listings near their locations, straight from their browsers. Open positions are displayed in a “card” interface with information about the industry, employer, and location. Once a job-seeker chooses to apply for a job, they’re taken to site where the listing originated.
Job-seekers will also be able to ‘pause’ their search and come back to it later. They’ll be able to stay up to date with new listings thanks to email notifications.
As the company has done in Latin America, Google is inviting local recruitment verticals and employers to integrate with its job search experience. Employers can add their own listing by using Google’s new open documentation and open-structured schema.org web markup standards.
In South Africa, Google has already partnered with the country’s third largest recruitment vertical: Job Mail. Speaking to IT News Africa, Felix Erken (LinkedIn profile) the managing director of Junk Mail Media Group (which owns Job Mail) said: “Job seekers have never had it easier to search and find relevant jobs so quickly.”
Google South Africa country director Luke Mckend (LinkedIn profile) said launching the job search in Africa is part of Google’s broader commitment to improve employment opportunities for job-seekers on the continent.
The company’s Digital Skills for Africa program, launched in April 2016, has already trained more than one million African youth and hopes to reach 10 million by 2020.