Google launches job search tools for military vets

Posted by Emma Woollacott

Google's aiming to do its bit for unemployed military veterans with the launch of a series of tools to help them find jobs.

The Google for Veterans and Families site pulls together a number of existing tools and services, including Docs, Calendar and Gmail.

There's a special tool to help vets communicate with one another based on Google+, as well a a Veterans YouTube channel for vets and their families - Google suggests that supporters upload tribute videos.

And a Resume Builder based on Google Docs generates an auto-formatted resume that can be easily edited, saved and downloaded.

Launching soon will be a Tour Builder tool which allows returning soldiers to create 3D maps of their service histories, complete with photos and videos.

"This single interface brings together Google products and platforms for servicemembers and their families," says Carrie Laureno, audience evangelist and founder of the Google Veterans Network.

"We believe it will be useful to all veterans, whether still in the service, transitioning out, or on a new path in their civilian lives."

More practically, perhaps, Google has created a Veterans Job Bank, in partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs.

It's a customized job search engine in the National Resource Directory (NRD), which contains around half a million job vacancies nationwide.

It's powered by Google Custom Search technology and crawls the web for JobPosting markup from Schema.org to identify veteran-committed job openings. It also makes it easier for potential employers to list vacancies on the NRD by simply adding the markup to their own web page.

"As pages are updated or removed from the web, they’re automatically updated and removed from the system, keeping the available job postings on NRD fresh and up to date," says custom search team product manager Christina Chen.