Supporting our military service members and their spouses
Explore tools and resources designed to help you transition from military to civilian life
Grow with Google is an initiative to create economic opportunities for all Americans and help them access the best of Google’s training and tools to grow their skills, careers, and businesses.
For military service personnel, transitioning to civilian life can be very difficult. Many people begin their job searches on Google, so we started with Search to help those who have served and their families.
Begin your job search
You can search “jobs for veterans” on Google and enter your Military Occupational Specialty code (MOS, AFSC, NEC) to see relevant civilian jobs that require similar skills to those used in your military roles.
Google is also assisting other companies in providing this service. You can enter your Military Occupational Specialty code on the career sites of companies like Siemens, veteran job sites like Getting Hired and job boards like CareerBuilder and Mid-America Careers. Any job site can use this Google technology through Cloud Talent Solution to display relevant civilian job postings for transitioning military personnel.
Launch a career in IT Support
In the United States, there are currently 150,000 open IT support jobs with median salaries of $52,000. And demand for these jobs is projected to grow 11% between 2016 and 2026, faster than the average of all other occupations.
You can get qualified for an entry-level job in IT support in eight months or less with the IT Support Professional Certificate. No IT experience is necessary.
After completion, we’ll also help you connect with potential employers like Google and more than 20 others that are looking to hire entry-level IT Support Specialists.
You may be eligible for a scholarship to complete the IT Certificate. Google.org is giving a grant to the USO (United Service Organizations) to provide training and career guidance for transitioning military personnel, military spouses, and veterans. The $2.5 million grant will enable the USO to incorporate the Google IT Support Professional Certificate into their programming. We’ve also provided scholarships to the Student Veterans Association.
Number of unfilled IT support jobs across the U.S. 1
Start or grow your business
For many veterans, starting and running a local business is your new calling.
You can now identify your business as owned, led, or founded by veterans by adding a “Veteran-Led” attribute to your listing on Google, which will show up when people look for your business on Google Search and Maps.
This listing is also a place to show your business hours, post photos and updates, and respond to reviews. You can manage your listing and add the attribute through Google My Business.
The percent of transitioning service members who say they want to start their own business 2
The current number of veteran-owned businesses in the U.S. (9% of all U.S. businesses) 3
Learn more about a few veteran-owned businesses
Two Marines Moving
Nick Baucom served his country for six years as a U.S. Marine. When he came home, he wanted a way to keep his fellow veterans gainfully employed. He founded Two Marines Moving in 2008 to give Virginia businesses and residents a moving option they could trust, one that reflected the reputation and integrity of the Marines. “The moving industry is known for some unscrupulous actors, but you can always trust a Marine,” Nick says. From just one man with a rental truck, Two Marines Moving now employs over a hundred veterans from the Marine Corps, Army, Navy, and Air Force.
Service Brewing Company
After retiring from the military, Kevin Ryan, a West Point graduate and former Army commander, began brewing beer with the help of YouTube tutorials. Less than two years later, he and Meredith Sutton founded a successful craft brewery whose mission is to give back to veterans and their community. They have helped raise tens of thousands of dollars for local, regional and national organizations that assist veterans and first responders.
Wisconsin Cheese Mart
Ken McNulty is a third-generation Milwaukeean and an Air Force veteran. He was working as a software consultant in Chicago when his father called to tell him that Wisconsin Cheese Mart, which has been a Milwaukee institution since 1938, was for sale. Ken and his wife, Melissa, took a leap of faith and bought the business. They’ve transformed Wisconsin Cheese Mart from a small, local shop to a national cheese retailer. Their success has allowed them to create more jobs, pay higher wages, and share Wisconsin cheese with the world.