Is Indeed in Trouble? (Google Jobs is Here)

We've been talking a lot about (and with the team driving) the Google Jobs work.  And to keep things in perspective, CareerXroads has spoken to no less than three different people in leadership roles at within the last month.  Most interesting to us is that all three of the leaders said that they were not concerned in the slightest about the recent announcements and progress of the work Google is doing.  In fact, two of them were so confident that the Jobs work to be expected in search results was so "beta" and that it would only be seen in test markets for "quite some time," that we were forced to go back and check our homework.  So while we're a fan of the team at Indeed, we believe that their confidence might just be part of the marketing spin to minimize the disruption that Google has sparked as well as the impact this is likely to have on Indeed's current bragging rights around traffic, placements, and the holy grail of recruiting: source of hire.

Our CareerXroads members have seen a number of headlines about the Google Jobs API and the Jobs search results that are expected and have even been given access to a CXR members-only webinar with the Google team to learn more about the ongoing work.  But even that might not have prepared them for the simplicity and "in your face" experience of searching for jobs in Google once launched.

A basic "developer job" search from the Dallas/Fort Worth market brings back a clean Jobs box with relevant results from CareerBuilder, Glassdoor (partners on the Google work, so okay one might expect this) and employer, Lockheed Martin.  As can be seen here [click embedded thumbnail to enlarge] additional filters are available for scrolling and selection while clicking on a job listing, or the "100+ more jobs" link, takes the seeker to a clean experience that allows them to jump directly to the source of a discovered posting.  Once there, any number of additional filters like "date posted," "company type," or the various automatically generated keyword filters can be applied.  If the user is interested, they can even set up job alerts for these results with just a single click.

What we took special notice of was the list of resources at the bottom of each posting.  For the listed Lockheed Martin job we found Lockheed's Glassdoor rating as well as their Indeed rating.  Also included was a direct link to the website (not the careers section) and a link to a list of more Lockheed Martin jobs within the Google Jobs interface.  Seekers could also select an option to see the search results of simply looking up the company on Google.

How will this impact Indeed?
To be fair, the Indeed team has done a tremendous job of offering much, much more to job seekers than just search results and job alerts.  Their full suite of tools is impressive and they've proven themselves over the last few years to have a strong and genuine focus on "helping people get jobs."  But we're left wondering, as are many of our CareerXroads members, how many job seekers may no longer make it to as a result of this new update to the search engine that many have called the first page of everyone's career site.  Our quick search this morning had the much more compelling Jobs content sitting nicely under an Indeed ad (that went largely unnoticed) and above the organic results that would otherwise have Indeed at the top of the heap.

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Chris Hoyt

A 25 year veteran of recruiting and HR, Hoyt is a sought-after speaker with presentations including national conferences with SHRM, LinkedIn, HR Technology and others in the USA as well as iRecruit, Australasian Talent Conference and more abroad. Chris has been promoting and leading full scale and enterprise-wide integrations of social media and mobile marketing within workforce strategies for his entire career. His expertise and passion for interactive/social recruiting, candidate experience, and both national and international recruiting strategies are all areas that Hoyt now leverages as co-owner and Chief Innovation Evangelist at CareerXroads, a Recruiting/Staffing consulting and think tank organization that works with corporate leaders from around the world to break out of traditional recruitment practices and push the envelope in an effort to win the ongoing war for top talent.

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Is Indeed in Trouble? (Google Jobs is Here)

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