We’ve been waiting for a way for Bing to distinguish itself and become more than a slick interface. Recruiters, HR Pros, jobseekers, take note: it’s here. I’ve always thought search engines should focus more on the job space and apparently the folks over at Microsoft were listening.
Then came the .jobs kerfluffle and like a wise little ostrich I kept my nose out of it. But the same question kept popping into my mind. If you can search and buy anything and slice and dice your search results for news, images, by time posted, blogs, weather, travel, RECIPES for crying out loud, why not jobs?
I’m still not sure why I was invited to the beta testing by PM Enram Gohan, along with a select few others in the industry. Perhaps my strong stance on the subject was noted by a MS Spy.
Search- I have to say, Bing Jobs is better than I could have imagined. Easy to search (resumes pop up in a separate iframe!) for recruiters and simple to use for candidates with shockingly accurate recommendations.
Trend Analysis- Stealing a page from the trending and calendaring service of travel search engines like Kayak, Bing Jobs shows whether a job is trending in your region and also shows data for the company in terms of turnover based on new job postings. Right now, you can only go back one year and that data is based on search aggregators like Indeed, but in the future, Gohan stated the trending data will be even more feature rich and map to jobs listed in a person’s profile, as well as company provided or uploaded data.
Universal Applications- Gohan stated that for now, we do see ads from job boards at the top of the listings and obviously, like any Google search, there are ads that may or may not be relevant running down the side, but what really interests me about this tool is the instant integration with LinkedIn Profiles. This allows for a nearly universal (at least in the demo) application process, and because it’s based on Bing, it works via mobile as well.
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