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Working with the USO to help veterans find jobs

March 27th, 2019

As a military spouse, I’ve seen the skills military personnel develop during their time in service to our country firsthand.  In my current role as a recruiter, I also see how those same skills can be a major asset to employers. That’s why we’re committed to bringing more veteran talent to Google as we strive to build for everyone. As part of those efforts, I’m proud to work on a recruiting team dedicated to increasing veteran representation at Google.

In addition to a committed veteran recruiting team, we’re focused on bringing more veterans to the company through a veteran referral program. Our new recruits will join a vibrant community of veteran, military spouse and civilian ally Googlers—called VetNet—who are proud to provide others with resources and support, both at Google and beyond.

VetNet’s mission is to unify and serve members of the military community, sharing the best of what they’ve learned in their time at Google through job search mentorship, entrepreneurship training and workshops, like the one held today at the USO San Antonio Downtown. As part of our ongoing support of the USO, VetNet volunteers showed transitioning service members how to search for civilian jobs that call for their military skills through our job search experience for veterans, or make a veteran-led business stand out on Google Search and Maps. And to help them prepare for the civilian job hunt, volunteers offered one-on-one coaching on resume writing and job interviewing.

Two attendees at today's workshop at the USO San Antonio Downtown.
Sean O’Keefe, former Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army and Google VetNet member, works with a USO client during today’s workshop at the USO San Antonio Downtown.

Veterans’ service in the military has trained them to learn new concepts on the fly, adapt quickly to new challenges and lead diverse teams—skills we look for in new teammates. We’re also creating ways to help veterans transition at every level of their job search. Through Grow with Google, our initiative to help create economic opportunity for Americans, we’ve made it a priority to help service members by like those we met today in San Antonio.

Placing more veterans in roles at Google is a mission that’s close to my heart and is just one of the ways we’re deepening our commitment to creating economic opportunity for more veterans, transitioning service members and their families. To find your next job at Google, visit our careers page and input your military occupational code to learn more about roles that call for skills you developed during your time in service.