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Google makes job searches easier for military veterans and spouses

Put your resume in civilian terms.

That is one of the first pieces of advice resume writers will tell military members. The description of what you did in the military rarely fits the terminology used by civilians for the exact same duties. Not speaking the lingo is the fastest way to be passed over for a job.

Google has now begun providing a translation service of sorts for military members searching for civilian jobs.

Now you can visit the search engine and type “jobs for veterans” and enter your military occupational specialty code (MOS, AFSC, NEC). This will bring up a list of relevant civilian jobs that require similar skills as the military code.

Did you leave the military and start your own business? Google has help for you too.

When users use the Google Map option, businesses that are veteran owned will be designated as such in the description.

These extra steps are in addition to a $2.5 million grant is donating to the USO to help veterans and military spouses who want to earn the Google IT Support Professional Certificate.

This five-course certificate, developed by Google, includes innovative curriculum designed to prepare you for an entry-level role in IT support. A job in IT can mean in-person or remote help desk work in a small business or at a global company like Google. The program is part of Grow with Google, a Google initiative to help create economic opportunities for all Americans.

Upon completion of the certificate, you can share your information with top employers like Bank of America, Cognizant, GE Digital, Hulu, Infosys, Intel, MCPc, PNC Bank, RICOH USA, Sprint, TEKSystems, UPMC, Walmart and their companies: Allswell, Bonobos, Hayneedle, Jet, Modcloth, Moosejaw, Sam’s Club,, Store No. 8, Vudu and of course, Google.

Through a mix of video lectures, quizzes, and hand-on labs and widgets, the program will introduce you to troubleshooting and customer service, networking, operating systems, system administration and security.

The certificate can be completed in about eight months by dedicating 8-10 hours a week to the course. Users can skip through content that you might already know and speed ahead to the graded assessments.

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