LinkedIn Joins Forces with White House to help America’s Veterans

November 7, 2011

Ed. note: Check out our newly launched Veterans Page built with tools, tips and tricks as well as information on best ways to find a job. 

It’s a privilege to write my inaugural post on our blog about a group of people that I hold in highest regard – our men and women in uniform. In 2010, I had the honor of spending a few days aboard the USS Lincoln. We shared meals, watched them train and talked about their hopes and dreams as they prepared to go to war. My experiences with these dedicated, courageous and selfless heroes over those three days left me with a strong desire to do something to enable their smooth transition back into civilian life.

[caption id="attachment_8044" align="aligncenter" width="518" caption="Live from the White House earlier today where the President announced the Veterans Program (via @deepnishar)"][/caption]

This morning I had the pleasure to sit among White House guests in the Rose Garden to hear the President unveil his plans to help veterans connect to available jobs across America. I was struck by how LinkedIn is in a unique position to help veterans find the right opportunities as they transition into civilian employment.

LinkedIn's vision is to create economic opportunity for every professional and recently hosted a Town Hall to discuss how we can help put America back to work. And today, we’re taking three steps as a company to help realize this vision for hundreds of thousands of veterans across the country.

We’ve joined forces with the White House to tag job postings on LinkedIn that could be filled by veterans. These tagged job postings will be accessible to the White House’s newly launched Veteran’s Job Bank and across veterans-oriented federal websites to make it easier for veterans to source opportunities relevant to them.

On Thursday, we will also be launching a special microsite tailored for veterans with tips, tools and information on the best ways to find new opportunities across the LinkedIn network. We will also offer all veterans in the U.S. a free one-year Job Seeker subscription, an aggregate value of up to $100 million. All veterans with updated military experience on their LinkedIn profiles will receive an email with more information on how to take advantage of their free subscription and premier tools for job seekers. If you are a veteran, but not yet on LinkedIn, we encourage you to create a LinkedIn profile and access the utilities we’re offering to veterans.

We’re also excited for our first ever Veterans Hackday at LinkedIn this Friday. We welcome all hackers and innovators to spend Veterans Day this year using their technical skills to help our veterans. I have no doubt that we will see some creative hacks that will help improve the lives of veterans.

It is a true honor to be personally involved with an initiative that gives back to our nation’s heroes. We are grateful for their service and look forward to helping them transition back into the workforce as we equip them with the tools and insights to manage their careers.

To participate in the Hackday or for more info, please visit the Veterans Hackday website.