The transition from a military to civilian career just got easier
CareerBuilder is supporting Google Cloud’s new job search feature, which enables transitioning service members to find relevant civilian jobs on CareerBuilder.com.
An estimated 250,000 U.S. military members enter civilian life each year. These brave men and women possess an array of leadership and business skills that make them a valuable asset to any civilian organization. Yet despite their potential to succeed in the civilian workforce, many struggle with making the transition.
Being a veteran myself, I know firsthand how difficult this transition can be. When it comes to finding a job, where do you even begin? How do you translate what you’ve done during your years of service into skills and experience that would resonate with civilian employers?
The good news is many employers recognize the value military veterans can bring to an organization and are eager to recruit them. According to CareerBuilder's annual Veterans Day hiring survey, two in five employers said they planned to actively recruit U.S. veterans for their organization in 2018.
Knowing that employers are ready and willing to hire military veterans, the men and women transitioning from active duty need the right resources to help them match their skills with available opportunities.
CareerBuilder has a long and proud history of supporting initiatives that help military veterans transition successfully into the civilian workforce. Here, we share some of those resources to help you – or someone you know – make that transition as smooth as possible and lead a fulfilling post-military career.
Making it Easier to Find the Right Jobs
One of the obstacles ex-military personnel face when job searching is understanding how to find civilian job equivalents to the roles they held in the military. That’s why CareerBuilder is excited to announce we are supporting Google Cloud’s new job search feature, which enables transitioning service members to find relevant civilian jobs available right now on CareerBuilder.com and our clients’ talent networks.
Using the Google Cloud Talent Solution feature, U.S. military service members can enter their military occupational specialty code (MOS, AFSC, NEC) on CareerBuilder and find relevant civilian jobs that require similar skills to those used in their military roles.
By creating a feature for transitioning service personnel to use their MOS codes to find civilian jobs, Google is helping CareerBuilder to ensure that the skills they acquired in the military transfer to their new profession.
Key Features of MOS Code Functionality Include:
- Veterans can now enter their MOS, AFSC or NEC code directly into the search bar of any career site or job board powered by Cloud Talent Solution and see the relevant civilian jobs available right now at CareerBuilder.com.
- Military ranks codes are supported in the system. For example both “11A” for Infantry Officer and “11B” Infantryman are supported.
Helping Connect Veterans to Employers
According to our research, 48 percent of employers said they pay more attention to job applications submitted by U.S. veterans, and 68 percent said that if they had two equally qualified candidates and one was a veteran, they would hire the veteran. They just need a way to make connections with those qualified veterans.
CareerBuilder and RallyPoint, one of the largest military-focused online networks in the world, formed a partnership designed to help veterans quickly connect with top employers who want to actively recruit them to work for their companies. CareerBuilder powers RallyPoint’s job board, connecting RallyPoint’s 1.5 million military members to their network of thousands of employers.
Building Career Sites Catered to Veterans
Transitioning service members often rely on sites such as Military Times for unbiased news and information affecting their military and civilian lives. CareerBuilder teamed up with Military Times – one of the nation’s trusted, independent sources for news and information for military members – to create a career site specifically for service members and veterans. The site hosts a wide range of jobs across industries from employers actively looking to hire veterans, and comprehensive tools for service members and veterans to use in their job search.
Employers see the tremendous value in hiring transitioning military personnel and veterans – and these service men and women are just as eager to start their civilian careers. With the right resources and tools to help employers connect with veterans and veterans find the right jobs for their unique backgrounds, we’ll move closer toward the goal of having all veterans gainfully employed in meaningful post-military careers.
Anthony Dupree is CareerBuilder’s Chief Information Officer and Chief Information Security Officer. Dupree is also a decorated Army Reserve Officer who served for 28 years before retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. He received numerous awards, including the Bronze Star for Operation Iraqi Freedom – the second highest award for any soldier to receive.