A position showing up in Google for Jobs (G4J) is a great sign. It guarantees you’ll see a wider field of candidates apply (and therefore, a better chance of the ideal candidate applying). There’s also the added benefit of it being an excellent passive form of marketing for your recruitment agency, driving extra web traffic to your site. An excellent recruitment website with a well-structured data setup should have few issues having new positions show up in Google for Jobs.
What is Google for Jobs?
As per the name, it’s essentially a search engine designed to show jobs. Google bots crawl the internet, find job positions and then display them at the top of relevant searches. Crucially, G4J is free – it costs nothing for a job to appear, and it costs nothing for a candidate to apply (although there are concerns this may change in the future).
With 52% of millennial job hunters using Google and G4J to search for work (and numbers in other demographics rising), this represents a significant segment of potential candidates. But what do you do if your job isn’t showing up on G4J?
Common reasons why jobs don’t show up in Google for Jobs
One common reason why a job might not show up in G4J is simply that the website on which it's advertised is not optimised for G4J. The schema and the data structure setup of your site may be incorrect for communicating with Google’s bots. This is a problem that we are used to solving, thanks to our FXRecruiter platform for designing recruitment websites.
Other reasons why a job might not show up in Google for Jobs include:
Make sure your job is set to the right location or remote if appropriate. This will guarantee more applicants from the relevant geographic area.
Expired jobs are still visible
Having expired jobs still visible on your site will ensure Google’s bots will downrank your site (not to mention that any candidates that do find your recruitment site and see a number of expired jobs will be reticent to return). Delete expired jobs every couple of weeks.
Posting the same description on both LinkedIn and your site
If you use the same description, G4J will simply merge both into one entry – and may choose to display or redirect to LinkedIn or another jobs board site first. Rewriting the description will help in this regard.
Related to this is the timing of posting your job description. If you post it on LinkedIn before you place it on your site, it is likely that Google will prioritise LinkedIn.
Incorrect keywords or a poorly written job advert
Perhaps the most fundamental point from a recruiter’s perspective. Making sure your keywords are relevant to your client’s ideal applicant is vital to making sure your job appears in front of the right people. A poorly written description with unclear definitions will also make it harder for Google's bots to pick up, with fewer high-quality candidates applying as a result.
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Finally, Google doesn’t guarantee that your job data will be shown, even if all the details are set up correctly. This is especially true in competitive industries, there are, after all, only so many entries Google can show!
Looking for more advice on how to make your recruitment website Google-friendly? Get in touch with us here or call 08000 199 737.