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A new Google service aims to connect companies with potential employees, and vice versa. The company announced the launch of Google for Jobs on Wednesday at its developer conference I/O.

Google for Jobs will make use of the company’s existing search engine in an attempt to make it easier for people to find relevant job openings.

“We will be launching a new feature in Search in the coming weeks that helps people look for jobs across experience and wage levels—including jobs that have traditionally been much harder to search for and classify, like service and retail jobs,” Google CEO Sundar Pichai wrote  in a blog post.

Revealing the new service at I/O, Pichai said it’s aimed at resolving the disconnect between employers and job seekers. To do so, it will apply machine learning to understand how job titles are related and group them together, TechCrunch reports.

This means job seekers would no longer have to do separate searches for the different titles companies might give a job opening, as Google for Jobs would analyse the job description and match it to a search. As a result, searching for “marketing assistant” could also lead to an opening for a “communications guru”, and searching for “retail” will deliver results that include “store manager”.

Other features include filtering jobs by location, title, category or type, date posted, and whether it’s full or part-time. It will also show applicants the expected commute time.

Reportedly, Google for Jobs will initially partner with LinkedIn, Facebook, Careerbuilder, Monster, Glassdoor, and other services, allowing users to find all relevant job postings on those sites in one search. The service will be launched in the US first, with more countries coming in the future.

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