Bing Mimics Google for Jobs, Pushes LinkedIn Postings

Google isn’t a monopoly in search. It feels that way, maybe, but it’s not quite there. In the U.S. for the month of April, for instance, Statista says that Google owns 63.5 percent of search, with Microsoft properties, powered by Bing, own 24 percent and increasing.

Google is the 800-pound gorilla, for sure, so when it launched Google for Jobs last year, the hype around it was undoubtedly justified. However, if Microsoft made a similar play in its job search, then the hype should be at least one-fourth as buzzy, right?

Well, here we go. Head on over to Bing and do a job search and there’s a good chance you’ll get a Google for Jobs-like search result:

Bing Mimics Google for Jobs

Bing Mimics Google for Jobs Search Results

The look and feel is nearly identical to Google: Ad, ad, ad, the image you see above, then traditional search results. There is one huge difference, however. The highlighted job search results are only jobs posted on LinkedIn. That’s a stark contrast to Google, which lists a wide variety of sources, including the usual suspects, like ZipRecruiter and Monster.

Advantage: LinkedIn.

Fair? Don’t care. Microsoft paid $26.2 billion for LinkedIn. Think it’s not going to grow that property as much possible? Sorry <fill in any job site you want not named LinkedIn>, no Bing for you!

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And if you’re keeping score at home, LinkedIn jobs still show up quite noticeably, so if you’re an employer looking to get the most out of your posting on Google and Bing, you’d better get those openings on LinkedIn, if they’re not already.

Slowly but surely, Google, Microsoft, and Facebook are taking over the recruitment universe. This move by Microsoft isn’t as earth shaking as Google’s, but it’s significant and the forward motion continues.

Joel Cheesman

Joel Cheesman has over 20 years experience in the online recruitment space. He worked for both international and local job boards in the late ‘90s and early ‘00s. In 2005, Cheesman founded HRSEO, a search engine marketing company for HR, as well as launching an award-winning industry blog called Cheezhead. He has been featured in Fast Company and US News and World Report. He sold his company in 2009 to Jobing.com. He was employed by EmployeeScreenIQ, a background check company. He is the founder of Ratedly, an app that monitors anonymous employee reviews. He is married and the father of three children. He lives in Indianapolis.