May 18, 2017

How Google wants to help the modern-day job seeker

Tucked right at the end of Google's flurry of announcements at its annual conference on Wednesday (find them all here) was a timely new initiative: Google for Jobs. In short, this means that Google will turn up job listings through its search engine, and it has partnered with job sites including LinkedIn,, Glassdoor, ZipRecruiter, and CareerBuilder to pull from their content.

Modern-day job seeking: It's not hard to see that the new feature is inspired by other recent employment trends, notably the rhetoric of many "on-demand" services like Uber and TaskRabbit. Like them, Google for Jobs wants to make it more efficient for job seekers to pull out their phones (or laptops) and quickly be matched with a job thanks to the Internet.

Bigger picture: Google's initiative is happening at a time where a lot of Americans are worried about the economy and ongoing employment changes created by new technology (the "robots are taking jobs" fear). In a way, Google is attempting to show that tech companies like itself and artificial intelligence, which it's using to help match job listings to seekers, can also be good for humans and their job prospects. Google is also quietly testing another job tool, application tracking system Google Hire, as Axios previously reported.

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Michael Bloomberg, Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden — all close to 80 — are pushing the boundaries on social media, while their younger Democratic presidential rivals are comparatively staying out of the fray.

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The novel coronavirus has spread to more nations as South Korea and Italy step up emergency measures in their countries amid rising case numbers on Sunday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has killed at least 2,462 people and infected almost 79,000 others, mostly in mainland China. South Korea increased the infectious disease alert to red, the highest possible, as its case numbers jumped to 602 and the death toll to five. Italy's government announced emergency measures, with several towns in the north effectively placed in lockdown, as it confirmed two deaths and infections rose to 79.

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Bernie Sanders wins Nevada caucus

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Sen. Bernie Sanders is projected to handily win the Nevada Democratic primary caucus, becoming the clear frontrunner among 2020 Democratic presidential primary election candidates.

Why it matters: Nevada is the first state with a diverse population to hold a nominating contest, highlighting candidates' abilities to connect with voters of color — particularly Latino voters.

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