Tips and Tricks for Finding Veterans Careers
When veterans are done serving in the military, they often have to ask themselves, “Now what?” They go into the military not only because they want to serve, but because there is structure. When they are finished, that structure is gone and they need to find their new path on their own.
When you need to find something, what is your first instinct?
You “Google” it!
A former staff sergeant in the Army and data scientist at Google has helped make this next step into civilian life simple for the 250,000 veterans who transition out of the U.S. Military every year by creating a search engine specifically for military veterans. All they need is their MOS code, which specifies their background in the military, and Google will link up to all of the jobs that qualify under that line of work.
According to Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) December 2018 newsletter, in November 2018 the veteran unemployment rate was 3.1%, which is down from 4% in November 2017. The non-veteran unemployment rate for November 2018 was 3.4%.
These men and women in the military have been serving our country for years without much civilian interaction. They are not going to have as much knowledge about the current workforce in regards to experience and what type of work is needed for specific jobs. This search engine breaks that down into simple terms for them to understand and apply.
Veterans Action Network was a sponsor at the Clever Talks conference in San Diego this past fall. Clever Talks is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that works to improve lives of active-duty military and veterans through ideas. Companies like Google came together to share their ideas of how to help veterans. Companies from all over the United States, including veteran-owned companies, were in attendance with advice and assistance available to veterans.
Continuing to promote services and tools, such as Google’s, is not only helpful to veterans, but to the economy as a whole, too.