Google’s LinkedIn competitor adds a tool for recruiters to reach out to past applicants with new jobs

Google is building out its LinkedIn competitor Hire with a new feature designed to save hiring managers time when a new job becomes available. The new tool, called candidate discovery, lets recruiters sort through the applicant pool according to whether a candidate had been marked as a prospective, previously interviewed for a job, or received an offer from the company before.

The goal, Google says, is to help recruiters easily re-engage with previous candidates who may be a fit for the company, but perhaps not for the exact job they had inquired about or applied to before. The tool will also let managers sort candidates by location, like “programming in Boston,” to narrow down prospective employees based on their skills and location, not for the exact job title. They can browse through results and also look at additional notes about each applicant, such as whether an offer had been extended or why they rejected the candidate. The results will rank candidates who previously rejected an offer higher, followed by those with positive feedback.

Candidate discovery is available in beta today on Hire, which works directly on top of G Suite to track applicant contact information and calendar invites. Since its public launch last July, Hire is still marketed to just US-based small-to-midsized companies that are unlikely to outsource recruiters to help them fill open positions.


So you’re telling me that every time I’ve applied for a job and got rejected but "they will keep my resume on file", its actually been a lie the whole time? gasp

Oh good, more shitty jobs rom headhunters to ignore.

Thanks bro but I’m pretty happy at my Senior Engineering job in beautiful Marina Del Rey, CA – taking a pay cut to live in Kansas doesn’t really sound very appealing.

I know right? Though I think part of my problem is that I haven’t bothered to update my LinkedIn profile in 6 years…

I work in recruiting.

Linkedin prints money because so many people have Linkedin profiles but don’t actively post their resume online on old-timey job boards like Monster. Linkedin profiles generally don’t include contact info so the only good way to contact all those people is to pay whatever Linkedin wants for a license to send unsolicited messages to people.

Linkedin Recruiter has 3 columns of search results: actively interested in hearing from recruiters, "more likely to respond," based on what an algorithm thinks about their past Linkedin messaging activity, and then everybody.

Unfortunately there are tons of recruiters out there casting as wide a net as possible so I’m sure there are tons of people here who will say "I GET HIT UP BY RECRUITERS ON LINKEDIN ALL THE TIME ABOUT JOBS THAT I HAVE NO INTEREST IN AT ALL." But even with that, we in recruiting get meaningful numbers of candidates from Linkedin we wouldn’t otherwise find so it’ll keep happening.

Google Hire might be a decent lightweight applicant tracking database for companies to use to track who comes and applies to their job postings, but until it gets a similar number of people to put all their career info out in public, it’s not going to be a Linkedin competitor.

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