Monday, November 7, 2011

Powering a new job search engine for military veterans

(Cross-posted on the Official Google Blog and Inside Search blog)

Earlier today, President Obama spoke about the importance of helping returning military veterans find work. Thousands of businesses have committed to hiring military veterans and families and as part of this nationwide effort, starting today, job seekers can visit the National Resource Directory (NRD) to search more than 500,000 job openings from employers around the country.

We have been working with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to provide a customized job search engine for the NRD, using Google Custom Search technology. This custom search engine uses the power and scale of Google search to constantly crawl the web, looking for JobPosting markup from on sites like to identify veteran-committed job openings. An employer can easily add a job posting to NRD simply by adding that markup to their own web page. As pages are updated or removed from the web, they’re automatically updated and removed from the system, keeping the available job postings on NRD fresh and up to date.

If you’re an employer, you can find more information on how to participate on In addition, organizations such as local veterans' groups can help people find jobs by adding a veteran-committed jobs search box to their websites.

We’re happy to contribute to this important initiative and hope businesses use this opportunity to connect with veterans seeking employment.


Jeremy Hawes said...

Sadly, they leave out some significant details. Most employers that are hiring are those who are having trouble retaining their employees - high turnover. Other employers are Network Marketing and require you to make a buy-in with the expectation that you will fail. The last category are employers who say they want military veterans, but they really want you to be disabled (just can't tell anyone that) - if they hire disabled vets and have a certain percentage of their employees as disabled vets then they automatically win certain government contracts along with other perks.

A noble attempt, don't get me wrong, but if the government wants to help vets get "good" jobs and not scams or employers who are just using this all to their secret advantage, then they need to regulate these "jobs" on some level. Right now they aren't. I've experienced it - all their "help" ended up just being a waste of time.

So I started my own company and am loving it - so in a strange way I'm thankful they didn't help me find a job :P

nortonlax said...

I'm going to guess that the database will utilize the DOL ONet job codes....that's a big gap, so far as I can tell.

For example, look up "Commander" in the department of labor site, and it will reply you are best prepared to be a HR manager or Clergy. it sort of misses the mark.

getanewsjob said...

Wonderful Ideas!

The information would be useful for the job military veterans.we are very thankful to you.
Thank You