Servicemembers entering the civilian workforce often need assistance with their transition, but the number of organizations offering help can be overwhelming. VetNet is designed to be a one-stop shop for the veteran and military family communities as they transition to the civilian workforce. It will include innovative networking tools, career training, job opportunities, and entrepreneur classes.
Hiring Our Heroes is more than halfway through its second year and to date have held 370 hiring fairs and 14,100 veterans and military spouses have obtained jobs. Today Hiring Our Heroes launches a new platform with Google called VetNet. VetNet is a resource where transitioning service members, veterans, and military families can connect with career services and job opportunities, and with each other.
“This new initiative will greatly enhance and complement the hiring fairs and we see it as a game-changer for the veterans community. It started with our recent soft launch of the Fast Track program a few weeks ago that identifies the 100 fastest job growing markets and the key industries driving growth in those markets,” said Bryan Goettel, Director of Communications for Hiring Our Heroes.
All of the content and resources will be organized into three tracks, with each hosted on Google+ and at VetNetHQ.com. Hiring Our Heroes will make up one track, while Hire Heroes USA, and Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University (IVMF) will provide the content for the other two tracks. The goal is to make this a one-stop shop for the veteran community during their transition to the civilian workforce.
“Fast Track will be a major element of our track, and with Google’s help, the map will be populated with job opportunities beginning tomorrow when VetNet is up and running on vetnethq.com,” said Goettel.
The Fast Track consists of three phases. Phase I is to identify and map the top 100 fastest growing job markets in America and the 5 key industries driving growth locally. Phase II is to populate each of the 100 cities with veteran-friendly career opportunities in Fortune 500 companies from the identified industries. Finally Phase III is to identify critical paths to meaningful employment and show servicemembers how to use the GI Bill to earn specific qualifications and credentials to land a good-paying job.
More information on the phases of Fast Track can be found here.
“This is a new approach for the military community to more effectively search for jobs and Google is putting a lot of weight behind it. They plan to promote this program on their homepage soon after the launch.”
Hiring Our Heroes Fast Track