Google was first on Fortune‘s list of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” in 2013. If you’re looking for a job at Google in one of 70 offices in 40 countries around the world, look no further than Google+.
Late in December, the company connected its job board to Google+, giving applicants the tools to search through their own networks to find a second or third degree connection at the company.
According to GPlusData, more than 10 percent of the 114 million people that the social analytics service tracks on its site have claimed Google as an employer, either at YouTube or Google itself. Apply that same percentage to Google’s entire 500 million-strong population and it would appear that Google had taken over the world. More than 10 percent is an impossibly high number — and literally more employees than Google actually has — but the number could include freelancers, former employees, YouTube partners, double email addresses, and a few wannabes.
And yet Google’s presence on its own social network is undeniably robust, with 112 pages devoted to Google products and services like YouTube, Chrome, Maps, and the Google Art Project, which are frequently updated by the Google employees who make them run.
Right now, the career connection tool only applies to Google’s job board, but combined with Gmail and Google’s other productivity tools, the experiment could easily form the seeds of a career networking site to rival LinkedIn.