Sunday, September 2, 2018

Weekly News & Agenda for Tueday, 4 September 2018


0700-0800:  Introductions, Assistance, and Open Forum Discussion.  

During introductions, tell us a bit about yourself and any networking needs. We can help with referrals, advice, job search assistance, and other networking.

We also welcome open discussion on topics of interest.


4 September (this week):  Open Forum Discussion/Networking - see above.

11 September:  TBD/Open Forum Networking,

If you have a speaker in mind for an upcoming Tuesday, or would like to lead a discussion yourself, just let me know, at

Thanks to BizNet member J.J. Mackin (USNA '68) for passing along this item: supports the USO with a $2.5M grant to provide Google IT Professional Support Certificate training and career guidance to transitioning service members and military spouses

Google Search and Maps to Offer New Designation for Veteran-Owned or Veteran-Led Businesses

SAN DIEGO — On August 27th, Google announced new tools and resources to help service members transition into civilian jobs. The announcement is part of the tech company’s Grow with Google initiative to help create economic opportunities for Americans. 

"The transitioning process is complex, and we hope Grow with Google's new tools and resources can play a part in making that easier," said Lisa Gevelber, Google's Vice President of Grow with Google. "At Google, we believe technology has the power to improve lives. With today's announcement, we look forward to working with America's transitioning service members to help them succeed in civilian life."

Beginning today, service members can now search [“jobs for veterans”] on Google and then enter their military occupational specialty code (MOS, AFSC, NEC) to see relevant civilian jobs that require similar skills to those used in their military roles. Launched last year, job search offers an improved search experience to help job seekers find open positions more quickly and efficiently. Additionally, employers can implement this feature on their own career sites using Google Cloud’s Talent Solution. Fedex, Pepsi, Getting Hired and many others have already implemented the API on their career sites. 

To help veteran-owned or led businesses identify themselves to potential customers, Google Maps and Search will offer a new attribute. Users will see the “veteran-led” designation when searching for a place on Android or iOS mobile device or in Google  Maps when they open a business listing and tap the two-line description of the business to see the attributes associated with that business. is giving a grant to the USO to provide training and career guidance for transitioning service members and military spouses. The $2.5 million grant will enable the USO to incorporate the Google IT Support Professional Certificate into their programming. The IT Support Professional Certificate is a first-of-its kind program with highly interactive content, developed by Google, and which provides a direct route for those who successfully complete the program to get their information into the hands of employers. As the majority of IT support positions do not require a college degree but do require prior experience, this certificate is designed to give learners the training and experience they need to get a job in this growing field.

“There is an opportunity to re-equip service members with IT skills as they move onto their next chapter after military service and to help address the spouse unemployment/underemployment problem with highly portable careers in the IT industry,” said Alan Reyes, USO Senior Vice President of Operations, Programs and Transition. “Through innovative partnerships like this, USO and Google will be able to provide the resources and programs that support the needs of transitioning service members and their families as well as help to minimize the workforce gap in the IT industry.”

“We want to make looking for a job easier for veterans with disabilities, which is why we have integrated with Cloud Talent Solution. By adding this feature, our 150+ inclusive employer partners’ job openings are easier for veteran job seekers with disabilities to find” says Jill Stutzman-Deaner, Director of Getting Hired.

“CareerBuilder shares Google’s passion for supporting our nation’s veterans,” said Irina Novoselsky, President and COO of CareerBuilder. “Our collaboration with Google Cloud has produced faster connections between candidates and employers on and our clients’ talent networks. Now, the next generation job search we offer will be an even richer experience for veterans as they transition to a new chapter in their careers.”

“We are pleased to stand alongside Google Cloud and provide this great feature that will enable transitioning military a simple way to find the right civilian job at the right time,” said Peter Clare, SVP and General Manager, Talemetry. “And we are very proud to support customers that recognize the importance of investing in veterans as a strategic audience.”

“Using machine learning to give transitioning military service members an intuitive and useful way to find civilian jobs lends the latest technology to one of the nation’s most important responsibilities,” says Joe Essenfeld, CEO and, Founder of Jibe. “Jibe is thrilled to be able to offer this functionality on all of our clients’ career sites in partnership with Google Cloud.”

“Mid-America Careers has always been passionate about helping our military veterans find meaningful careers as they transition to the private sector, ” said, Nick J. Murphy, CEO of Mid-America Careers. “By collaborating with the team at Google, we’re able to remove a lot of friction and confusion from the search experience and get veterans in front of the best career opportunities for them based on their experience and skills.”

Many veterans and military spouses face significant challenges transitioning to civilian careers. For instance, 1 in 3 Veterans say they experience under-employment, taking jobs below their skill level. Military spouses face ~20 percent unemployment rate and approximately 35 percent under-employment rate on average, often having to quit jobs because of a move and face long periods of unemployment and career stagnation after a move. Veterans are 7.4 percent of U.S. adult population and 4.6 percent of civilian labor force. And estimated 250,000 US service members are expected to transition out of the military and back into civilian life each year until 2019. As of December 2017,  the unemployment rate for all veterans was 3.8 percent. 

Grow with Google is the tech company’s initiative to help create economic opportunities for Americans. The program draws on Google’s 20-year history of building products, platforms, and services that help people and businesses grow. Through this initiative, Google aims to help everyone across America – t

Have a great week.

Joe Paniccia (USMA '84)

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