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Google launches new search function to help veterans get civilian jobs

File photo – Google launches a new search engine specifically to help members get civilian jobs.

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In an effort to help the soldiers transition from the battlefield to the boardroom, Google launches a new search engine specifically to help members get civilian jobs.

In a blog post on Monday, Google Cloud Program Manager Matthew Hudson, himself a former civil engineer for the air force, and explained the details for the company’s “Grow with Google” initiative, designed to help veterans looking for opportunities that can excite them once they are in civilian life.

“Starting today, service members can search for” jobs for veterans ” on Google, and then enter their specific military job codes (MOS, AFSC, NEC, etc.) to see on the civilian tasks that require similar skills that are used in their military tasks,” Hudson wrote in the post.

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He continued: “We’re making this opportunity available is for an employer or a job board to use on their own property via our Cloud Talent Solution. Today, service members can show their military job codes on a career site, Talent Solution, including FedEx Career, Include, Health, Careers, Siemens Careers, CareerBuilder, and Getting Hired.”

Hudson added that to make the process easier for veterans who want to start their own businesses, Google is also adding a new feature through the Google My business listing tool that allows businesses to be identified as “veteran-owned or led.”

According to 2017 a report of the U. S. Small Business Administration, approximately 2.52 million businesses were majority-owned” by the veterans.

Their impact on the AMERICAN economy is nothing to fly. The SBA noted veteran-owned businesses had revenue of $1.14 trillion, working out of 5.03 million people in various sectors, such as wholesale trade, manufacturing and “professional, scientific, and technical services” and had an annual payroll of $195 billion.

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Despite the fact that 9.1 percent of all U.S. businesses are veteran-owned, there are still many former military men and women who are not getting the opportunities they deserve in civilian life, Hudson added.

“There is no common language that helps recruiters match with a veteran of the experience with the need for their skills and leadership in the civil courts,” Hudson wrote in the post. “As a result, 1 in 3 veterans from the approximately 250,000 service members who transition from the military every end of the year to accept a job far below their level.”

In addition to the new search tools Google provides, as part of the aforementioned Grow with Google initiative, Google.org the company’s philanthropic arm, is giving a $2.5 million grant to the United Service Organizations “to provide training and career development in the IT-support.”

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