New Google Tool to Help U.S. Veterans Find Jobs.

Google Launches New Tools To Help U.S. Veterans Find Jobs And Promote Businesses

Google Data Scientist and former U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Sean O’Keefe pointed out that there are more than 2.5 million businesses in the U.S. that are majority-owned by veterans. This amounts to 9% of all businesses in the U.S. To help veterans find jobs and promote their businesses, Google has launched some useful new tools.

Veteran-Led Attribute

Google has enabled a new “Veteran-Led” attribute for businesses that are owned, led or founded by a veteran. This attribute can be added through the Google My Business profiles. And it will appear along with others such as “Outdoor Seating” and “Has Wifi.”

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Kevin Ryan is a former Army commander who was stationed in Iraq and was responsible for the lives of over 300 people. After returning home, he decided to test his skills in the civilian world by working with his father in healthcare. When his father passed away, Ryan knew he had to find his own passion and his partner Meredith Sutton persuaded him to make his own beer with the help of YouTube tutorials.

After that, they founded Service Brewing Company with the intention that the business would give back to the veterans. And in the first three years of business, Service Brewing Company raised over $70,000 for organizations that assist first responders and veterans. And half of their staff are veterans. 

In the screenshot above, you will notice the veteran-led attribute that was added to Service Brewing’s business profile page. And below is a video interview that Google put together featuring Service Brewing Company:

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Back in March, Google also released a similar women-led attribute for business listings to commemorate International Women’s Day. And Google also added “LGBTQ-friendly” and “Transgender Safe Space” attributes in June.

Jobs For Veterans Search

Google Cloud program manager Matthew Hudson served as a civil engineer in the U.S. Air Force for seven years and his job was to ensure that the bases in Iraq and Afghanistan were logistically prepared for his servicemen and women to do their duties. After returning to civilian life in 2014, he did not know what to do next and navigating through job applications was a new experience.

To help fix this problem, Google built a tool to help veterans find jobs with a simple search query. When veterans search for “jobs for veterans” along with military job codes such as MOS, AFSC and NEC, the Google search results will display relevant job openings. Employers can also build this feature into their own job boards through Google’s Cloud Talent Solution API. Some of the websites that have this feature implemented include career sites using Talent Solutions like CareerBuilder, Encompass Health Careers, FedEx Careers, Getting Hired and Siemens Careers.

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“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,” wrote Hudson in a blog post. “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.” 

(Google’s philanthropic arm is also giving a $2.5 million grant to the USO (United Service Organizations) in order to provide training and career guidance in IT support. This grant will enable the USO to incorporate the Google IT Support Professional Certificate into its curriculum.)

From Forbes Aug. 24, 2018, By Amit Chowdhry, Consumer Tech Contributor