Google and LinkedIn have created special job search tools and resume builders for U.S. veterans who are unemployed. The effort starts with the Google search-powered National Resource Directory.
Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) introduced job search and a
special veteran's Website to support President Barack Obama's directives to
help U.S. Iraq War veterans find employment.
President Obama Nov. 7 announced his support for the Returning Heroes and
Wounded Warrior Tax Credits
, which will provide companies that hire veterans
with credits. The provisions are geared to help the more than 850,000 unemployed,
Google is using its Custom Search technology to build the Veterans Job Bank
for the National Resource Directory (NRD), which includes
more 500,000 job openings nationwide. The custom search engine scans the
Web for JobPosting markup from Schema.org on sites such as simplyhired.com to find
job openings for vets.
The search engine makes it easier for prospective
employers to add the JobPosting markup to their own Web page to list jobs on
On Nov. 11, which is Veterans Day in the United States,
Google added Google for Veterans and Families
, a special Website created by veterans who
work at Google.
The Website, which aggregates Google products and
platforms for service members, includes VetConnect
, a special social network for veterans to share information via
Google Veterans Channel
on YouTube is a channel that lets veterans share their
military experiences. A Resume Builder for Google Docs provides an auto-formatted resume that can be shared
with potential employers.
Google is also working on Tour
, a service powered by Google Earth that lets users view some 3D maps,
photos and videos of veterans' service histories.
Google isn't the only major high-tech company helping
LinkedIn (NASDAQ:LNKD), which offers a number of job recruitment services, teamed
with the White House
to tag job postings on LinkedIn that could be filled by
These tagged job postings will be accessible to the Google Custom
Search-powered Veteran's Job Bank and across veterans-oriented federal Websites.
LinkedIn also launched a special
that provides tips, tools and information on the best ways for
veterans to find jobs on LinkedIn. Finally, LinkedIn also offered U.S. veterans
a free, one-year Job Seeker subscription.