SkillMil: matching jobs for veterans, by veterans

Elizabeth Howe
September 19, 2018 - 5:22 pm

Photo courtesy of SkillMil

“Think of SkillMil as a true LinkedIn for veterans,” said Noel Gonzalez, veteran and founder of SKillMil. “It has the job matching technology and the ability to communicate internally, which is very similar to LinkedIn. But we also take it much further than that.”

SkillMil isn’t your average job skills matcher — the software can take military job records and translate them into non-military jargon profiles. These profiles can be uploaded into SkillMil for potential employers to view and use as hiring tools.

“Fifteen years ago, when I was a department head of the submarine, a lot of the sailors started coming to me and asking for help building a profile, translating their skills,” Gonzalez said. “Fifteen years later, that problem is still here, even with all the developments in technology. On average, a veteran changes companies three to four times in the first 18 to 24 months out of the military.”

Gonzalez realized there was no technology that, regardless of branch or occupational specialty, matched military job skills to comparable civilian skills. So he decided to develop that technology.

Now, SkillMil has 75,000 profiles in its database — and its ready to learn more.

“The challenge for us right now is we need data in order for the machine to actually learn and the algorithm to become better,” Gonzalez said. “We have about 75,000 profiles in the database and we have several customers in the form of recruiters and companies that use it. We’re ready to grow.”

Gonzalez is an immigrant, and his military service as well as his service to other veterans is motivated by his patriotism.

“I got to America when I was fourteen,” Gonzalez said. “When I joined the military, I did it truly for what the country has done for my parents and my family. I’ve been in for 25 years, and I would do it all over again. For the same reason, I want to make something that veterans can use and something that actually works for them.”

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