A new Startup called CareerMob is seeking to revolutionize the way veterans receive help to transition to civilian service. Launched by five entrepreneurs on a hackathon competition known as the StartupBus, CareerMob offers a novel solution to the daunting challenges of veteran unemployment in a time when thousands of vets are on their way home.
Veterans face unique challenges when returning from duty and – unfortunately – one of those challenges is unemployment,” said Josh Seefried, currently an Air Force officer and one of the cofounders spearheading CareerMob. “Our goal is to ensure that Americans that fight for us don’t have to fight for a job when they come home.”
CareerMob starts with a simple questionnaire about a veterans work experience and interests and aligns them with civilian job opportunities. Furthermore, a veteran is then offered a selection of mentors that can help them transition to the civilian workplace. The process is simplified and seeks to ease the anxiety servicemembers face when transitioning from the military workplace.
Americans want to thank America’s veterans in meaningful ways – but too often, we fail to turn our good intentions into meaningful actions,” said Doug Wilson, former assistant Secretary of Defense of Public Affairs. “Helping our men and women in uniform returning from the battlefield to the workplace not just to find a job but to succeed in that job is one of the most tangible, productive answers to the question: ‘How can I help?’”