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Google Launches Its AI-Powered Jobs Search Engine | TechCrunch

Needing to jump onto a job-specific search site has been reduced, thoroughly, thanks to Google’s new AI-powered project. According to TechCrunch, “Google today launched a new jobs search feature right on its search result pages that lets you search for jobs across virtually all of the major online job boards like LinkedIn, Monster, WayUp, DirectEmployers, CareerBuilder and Facebook and others. Google will also include job listings its finds on a company’s homepage.”

Users can enter simple search queries like “tech jobs” and the site will refine those jobs. Users can then specify their needs in terms of location or full-time/part-time preferences, for example, and the site will narrow down results to those aforementioned job sites. The big benefit of Google is that the search funnels all the listings on all the premier job sites.

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Clean Energy Is Power California’s Economy | E2

Los Angeles County, unsurprisingly, houses the most clean energy jobs in the state of California. The entire state employs over 500,000 people, according to a new report from E2.

This boon in clear energy jobs has been effective at reducing greenhouse emissions, which had plagued Los Angeles County for decades. “The state’s climate policies also have cut emissions by the equivalent of taking 3.2 million cars off the road and about half of the $1.2 billion in clean energy investments stemming from cap-and-trade have gone specifically into disadvantaged communities around the state,” the report states.

Click here to read the full California energy jobs report …

3 Ways to Realign Higher Education With Today’s Workforce | Gallup

A recent Gallup survey found a heavy disconnect between how academic institutions feel their students are ready for the workforce and how business leaders view them. Researchers Jaimie Francis and Zac Auter note that “while 96 percent of chief academic officers of colleges and universities believe that their institutions are very or somewhat effective at preparing students for the workforce, only 11 percent of business leaders strongly agree.”

Further findings were even more damning. Companies in the survey found that nearly half of their job openings go unfilled and nearly 40 percent cannot take on major projects. The argument from the company perspective is that “they struggle to identify properly skilled talent,” but that may be an effective cover for leaving those positions unfilled. Nearly half of all “recent” graduates were unemployed or underemployed, and the American public might think worse of graduates than the aforementioned companies.

“Among the general public, just 16 percent of Americans think that a four-year degree prepares students for a well-paying job in today’s economy,” the report reads. One of the suggestions the researchers mention is preparing students for better “exit strategies” upon graduation, rather than focusing so much effort in earning admittance from the beginning.

Read more on the research here …

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Matthew Korman is a writer on MetroMBA. Since graduating from Rowan University with a degree in journalism and political science, Matthew has worked as a music industry writer and promoter, a data analyst, and with numerous academic institutions. His works have appeared in publications such as NPR and Sports Illustrated.

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