Soldiers returning home from abroad that are preparing to enter the civilian workforce are facing one of the toughest job markets in recent history.  The unemployment rate is slowly falling but there are still millions of Americans out-of-work or underemployed, which makes competition for jobs high.  In addition to the existing competition, the transition from military service to civilian workforce can be tricky and that is where a new Google-powered site comes in handy – VetNet.


VetNet is “a career service for those who’ve served.”  Google teamed up with three nonprofit organizations that focus on veteran employment issues, Hire Heroes USA, Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families and Hiring Our Heroes to create VetNet.


The site is free to use; veterans and their family members simply log on and with the click of a green button, they can get connected to other veterans and access a database of over one million veteran-preferred jobs. 


Veterans can choose classes and training sessions in three different tracks, depending on where they are in their career:  Basic Training, Career Connections and Entrepreneur.


The site just launched last week but current learning opportunities include Resume Writing 101, a panel discussion of veterans working in the transportation industry, and an entrepreneurship class on paths to business ownership.


VetNet’s launch drew the attention of one member of Congress, Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.), chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.


“I am especially pleased to see companies like Google and their partners take the initiative to bring together these various resources to help veterans navigate the employment opportunities together.”  Source:


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