Google recently announced that it would be expanding its commitment to skills development in Sub-Saharan Africa by making a new immersive job seeking experience available to users in South Africa.

Google’s Digital Skills for Africa programme aimed and surpassed a commitment to train 1 million African youth between April 2016 and March 2017, with the company announcing that it would extend the programme to have trained 10 million youth by 2022. Google has now launched a feature to help local job seekers find employment opportunities.

How it works

According to Google, the new feature gives users a streamlined experience to find, research and explore local job opportunities via the Google homepage. This will automatically happen when job seekers use the search engine to look for job opportunities.

How to use it

If you are on the hunt for employment, you will be able to get access to job opportunities by simply searching for jobs via the Google search engine. For instance, when typing “jobs in Johannesburg”, Google will automatically bring up all the results for jobs listed via Google, in partnership with a growing list of other local job-seeking platforms like Job Mail.

Users can then filter the results using parameters like the job title, the type of position (full-time, part-time or an internship), and the location of the position – by integrating this with Google Maps, users will even be able to calculate the time it will take to commute to the job, provided that they are signed into their Google account.

Users can filter results by category to find jobs in a specific field and filter by the date the job was posted. They can also specify a location or set email alerts for a specific job search.

If you are an employer who has positions available, Google would also like to hear from you. The company is inviting all employers, platforms and job sites to integrate with its system and make job offerings visible via the search function.

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