Google Launches ‘Jobs for Veterans’ Initiative to Help Military Personnel Find Jobs
Google has created a new search tool designed to help veterans find civilian jobs when they leave the military. The program was created by a Google engineer Matthew Hudson who also served in the Air Force as a civil engineer. The initiative is aimed at helping veterans navigate through job applications and apply for jobs that are right for them. According to their blog post:
Through Grow with Google, our initiative to help create opportunities for all Americans, we hope to use our technology to help veterans understand the full range of opportunities open to them across many different fields. Right now those opportunities are getting lost in translation. There isn’t a common language that helps recruiters match a veteran’s experience with the need for their skills and leadership in civilian jobs. As a result, 1 in 3 veterans—of the roughly 250,000 service members who transition out of the military each year—end up taking jobs well below their skill level.
Service members need to enter their military job codes (MOS, AFSC, NEC, etc.) on the Grow with Google page and Google will surface results for civilian job listings that require a similar skill set. Partnerships with other companies will also make this possible on services that use Google’s Cloud Talent Solution, such as FedEx Careers, Encompass Health Careers, Siemens Careers, and more.
A similar initiative aims to support engagement within the community by highlighting businesses owned by veterans. A new Google My Business attribute for ventures that are owned by veterans will add a badge to listings on Google Maps and Search allowing other veterans to easily identify them. Grow with Google is also giving a $2.5 million grant to the United Service Organizations (USO) for IT education among current military personnel and veterans.