Sundar Pichai
Google CEO Sundar Pichai speaks at USO headquarters in San Diego. Photo by Chris Jennewein

Search giant Google‘s CEO came to San Diego Monday to announce a new search tool to help veterans transition to civilian careers.

Veterans can now search for “jobs for veterans” and will then be prompted to enter their three-digit military occupational specialty code to see relevant civilian jobs that require similar skills. Employers can also incorporate the search functionality.

“Unfortunately, one-in-three veterans take jobs well below their skill level,” said Google CEO Sundar Pichai. “This is the kind of problem that Google can help solve.”

Pichai was joined at the USO‘s new local headquarters in Liberty Station by the USO’s national CEO and President, J.D. Crouch II.

In addition to the search improvements, Google is adding a special designation to search results and maps for veteran-owned businesses. “Knowing a veteran leads a business leads to trust,” explained Pichai.

Couch noted that 200,000 Americans transition out of the military every year and face the challenge of re-integrating into civilian life. “Getting a job is part of that — a central part,” he said.

The USO offers help with the transition through its Pathfinder program, and Google also announced that its nonprofit arm,, will donate $2.5 million to incorporate the Google IT Support Professional Certificate in the USO’s career training.

The effort is part of Grow with Google, the Silicon Valley tech company’s initiative to help create economic opportunities for Americans.

“The transition process is complex, and we hope Grow with Google’s new tools and resources can play a part in making that easier,” said Lisa Gevelber, vice president for Grow with Google. “With today’s announcement, we look forward to working with America’s transitioning service members to help them succeed in civilian life.”

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.