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Google has announced that it will be shutting down its job search tool, Google Hire which was launched two years ago. The company made this announcement through a Google Support document.

“We’ve made the difficult decision to sunset Hire by Google on September 1, 2020. While Hire has been successful, we’re focusing our resources on other products in the Google Cloud portfolio. We are deeply grateful to our customers, as well as the champions and advocates who have joined and supported us along the way,” the document revealed.

The company also noted that until it is terminated, the app: will be supported by Google, will not charge for the service after the user receives their next bill and will not affect a user’s G Suite agreement.

Hire, the latest Google product to be shutdown will join the company’s other inventions in the Google Graveyard. Although it is good that the company is trying to refine its product offerings, it has become rather difficult for users to trust that new Google services will stick around for more than a couple of years.

Google launched Hire in 2017 in an effort to simplify the hiring process, with a workflow that integrated into Google’s G Suite (Search/Gmail/Calendar/Docs etc.) which over 3 million businesses use. It handled things like searching for applicants, scheduling interviews and providing feedback about potential hires. It had a price that ranged from $200 to $400 a month depending on how many G Suite licenses needed.

The app was based on technology that Google acquired after it purchased Bebop, (a company started by VMware and founded by Diane Greene) for a reported $380 million in 2015. Greene later became the CEO of Google’s Cloud division but left the role in early 2019.

Notably, when Google launched Hire, it also launched Google for Jobs, which filters third-party job listings based on the search criteria set. With the ambition of making job searches easier, Google for jobs is currently in crisis has it faces antitrust complaints and investigations in the EU.

By Tobiloba Ishola.


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