If you’re a veteran looking for a job, there are many resources available to help you, but do you know where to find them all – or how to use them? The people behind the powerful search engine, Google have developed a solution.
It’s a Web portal called VetNet, a centralized hub of products and services to help veterans find jobs, train for new careers, learn how to start a business, and make connections.
Career Development Organizations Join Forces
Google’s VetNet hub launched in partnership with three organizations focused on helping veterans transition from military life into civilian jobs:
- The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Hiring Our Heroes program that hosts job fairs across the country
- The Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF), a program of Syracuse University that focuses on higher education for veterans
- Hire Heroes USA, a personalized employment training program for veterans
What the Partners Say About VetNet
Hiring Our Heroes:
“We see VetNet as a game-changer for the military community. The amount of resources available for transitioning servicemembers can be overwhelming, and this brings it all together in one place.” – Executive Director Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Schmiegel
Institute for Veterans and Military Families:
“VetNet . . . allows us to share these tools and resources in a unique way with an even broader audience, to help more veterans and family members open the door to economic opportunity . . .who better to pursue the American dream of entrepreneurship than the men and women who have fought to defend our freedom?” – Executive Director Mike Haynie
Hire Heroes USA
“As a former marine, I know that transitioning into civilian life can be difficult and confusing. One day you’re working in a regimented, highly structured environment, and the next you’re navigating hundreds of career options . . . So in an attempt to make things easier, a few of the most effective organizations in veteran career development have combined forces to create one easy place to start.” – President & CEO, Brian Stann (How to Get Started video: VetNet)
“Through VetNet, these founding partners offer a full spectrum of employment resources for members of the community. Whether starting a job search from scratch, looking for mentors in a specific industry or starting a business, transitioning service members, veterans and military spouses will be able to connect with career services, job opportunities and each other.” Google’s Official Blog announcing the launch.
The VetNet Connection
To access VetNet, you have to sign up for Google+ (Google Plus), which is Google’s free social networking platform. Then you can take advantage of all resources, as well as follow weekly updates on programs and services you can participate in, such as training seminars, resume workshops, college-level business courses, and special events.
Over the next five years, as military engagement in Afghanistan winds down, one million new veterans will be transitioning back into civilian life, increasing the search for jobs. VetNet looks like a good place to start.
Find out more at www.vetnethq.com.