Thanks To A New Google Feature, Veterans May Have An Easier Time Finding New Jobs

The program hopes to ease veterans' transition.

Every year, 250,000 military members move from serving their country to the job market, and many struggle to find jobs where they can use their hard-won skills. But Google just made it a lot easier.

A new feature in Cloud Talent Solution, a Google program that uses AI to help you find work, will allow U.S. veterans to search for jobs with their U.S. military occupational speciality code. Google is hoping the feature will help military veterans who may otherwise to find stable, well-paying work to have an easier transition back into civilian life. 

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"It was difficult trying to translate my military experience into something that could be understood in the civilian world," Kassandra Kristoff, a U.S. Navy veteran who is now a communications manager at Google, told A Plus in an email. "It almost feels like starting over, since you have to explain how what you did in the military is completely transferable in a civilian job. With the tools that Google is incorporating, it gives transitioning service members awareness, and at least a starting point, to better understand how their military role translates."

The statistics that informed Google's decision to step up are staggering. One in three veterans say they have experienced under-employment by taking jobs below their skill level. 44 percent of military vets leave their first post-military jobs after a year. One in five have low wages,  which amount to less than $15  an hour. 40,000 veterans are homeless on any given night in the United States, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

For spouses, it can be even harder: many face unemployment rates around 20 percent because of how often they have to move. 

Google has also pledged a $2.5 million grant to the United Service Organizations (USO) to help veterans who want to acquire the Google IT Support Professional Certificate. 

"I am incredibly proud to be at a company that is able to build tools and resources that can make the transition into civilian life easier for veterans," Kristoff said. "Google is not only supporting veterans by donating to the USO, but also working to build helpful and useful products... It means a lot to see that kind of support. I was thrilled to be a part of this announcement."

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