Veterans’ Employment Challenge

The U.S. Department of Labor, Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs launched a contest for companies to build a software application to match the skills of veterans with employer needs. $1M in total prizes are being offered.

The Departments have been reviewing the issues a service member faces when the service member transitions from active duty to civilian employment. They found that support services relating to the job search were lacking.

Veterans who complete military service have unique and technical skill sets. They may have difficulty communicating their experience to civilian employers which results in employers missing an opportunity to attract veterans and spouses to their workforce. While many job boards exist, these job boards and search tools may not be comprehensive enough to capture all of a service member’s experiences and potential benefits to an employer.

The Departments identified a need for a sophisticated software matching tool to pull information in existing data sources to help veterans in the job search process. The competition asks software programmers to develop a tool to meet veterans' job search needs. The contest is open until January 24, 2020 and will offer a total of 10 prizes. For more information, click here.

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