Most employers will do a standard Google search on your name before they hire you. That’s normal and the surprise there is if they didn’t do any search. But imagine what it would be like if employers can go as far as searching deep into your entire internet search history. Google is presently working on a tool called “Google Hire.” However, some false news reports started to come out claiming that the new Google tool could allow employers and recruiters to see your personal search history and YouTube accounts. Some news items even suggested that the new tool will allow employers to actually access your entire search history. Of course, Google has denied these claims.
Google Hire reportedly works in a similar way to how LinkedIn works, though Google Hire works more as a job hiring tool while LinkedIn is a personal professional advertising platform. The tool is still under testing and that it will let employers post job listings and accept and manage applications. So far, several tech companies seem to be using or testing Google Hire such as Medisas, Poynt, DramaFever, SingleHop, and CoreOS. Several news outlets also suggested it may only be available to use through personal Google accounts, sparking some panic online. Of course, Google has denied the claim. Although the login page is currently live, the service has not yet been officially rolled out.
The project is being headed up by Diane Green, who oversees Google’s enterprise and cloud division. She was also the founder of Bebop, an enterprise applications platform maker that Google’s parent firm, Alphabet, acquired in November 2015. But Google isn’t the only one taking aim at the recruitment market. In February, Facebook began letting businesses in the US and Canada post jobs and take applications from job seekers. Users are able to find help-wanted posts at business pages on Facebook or by looking in the new “jobs” bookmark on the social network’s mobile application. After posting a job, Facebook Page admins will be able to review applications and contact applicants on Messenger, all on mobile and all in one place.
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Every move from these companies seems like a challenge to LinkedIn, which has been the go-to spot for job seekers since 2002. But the Mountain View-based professional platform caters mostly to larger and more well-known firms, leaving the smaller business market open for the taking. Last June, Microsoft announced it would be acquiring the site for $26.2 billion, or around £18.4 billion, in a move that could see the professional networking site being integrated into the software giant’s business services. Jeff Weiner, chief executive of LinkedIn, said the company would still remain a fully independent entity within Microsoft similar to what YouTube is under Google.