Obama White House & Google Create Veterans Job Bank

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Working directly with Google and and job post aggregator Simply Hired, the Obama administration has launched launched the Veterans Job Bank, a new search tool designed to help connect veterans with employers.

Aneesh Chopra

Aneesh Chopra

The Veterans Job Bank works by bringing jobs listings directly to veterans—instead of the other way around—via a search widget that provides a single window into the myriad job boards, social media platforms, and corporate employment sites that are currently spread across the Internet, according to a post on the White House blog.

Working with Google’s custom search team, the Veterans Job Bank was conceived and implemented in less than 90 days, Aneesh Chopra, U.S. Chief Technology Officer, wrote on the White House blog.

“Thanks to Simply Hired’s decision to serve as the first job search engine to adopt the standard, the Job Bank debuts today (7 Nov. 2011) with over 500,000 open job listings,” Chopra wrote.

“I’m confident the Veterans Job Bank will rapidly scale thanks to efforts of job search leaders like Monster and its affiliate site, Military.comIndeed, and Taleo, an applicant tracking system serving half of the Fortune 100,” Chopra said in the post.  “BranchOut, one of the largest professional communities on Facebook, and Twitter, through TweetMyJobs, will reach millions of veterans through their networks.

“But I’m particularly excited about LinkedIn’s efforts, beginning with an open call for app developers to participate in a very special “Hackday” on this Friday’s Veterans Day. No matter where you are located across the country, I hope you form a team – access the portfolio of APIs and open data sets – and build a better civilian employment experience for our nation’s heroes,” Chopra wrote.

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