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Google launches feature for job-seekers in Arab world

Staff Report/Dubai
Filed on September 10, 2018

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Google has announced the launch of a new feature on its Search homepage and app that allows people to look for jobs available right on the main Search results page.

Starting today, users will find a series of results from across the web on the main Google Search results page, after entering a job-related query in Arabic 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 organise the world's information and make it accessible to everyone. 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. Furthermore, job seekers can be alerted by e-mail to opportunities that come up across multiple portals, thereby simplifying the process of finding and applying to jobs," said Tarek Abdalla, Google's regional head of Marketing in the Middle East and North Africa.

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.

Google Trends data indicates that there has been a consistent growth in the number of job-related queries conducted in Arabic. According to Google Trends, in the past five years, Arabic job-related queries trended the most during August 2015. The data also indicates that search interest in jobs often spikes in the summer months, as shown by data from 2017. In the UAE, jobs in education, nutrition, and travel trended the most in 2017.

- business@khaleejtimes.com


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