• Sailors stand aboard the fast-attack submarine USS Missouri prepare to pull into their new home port to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, in January. SkillMil, a new venture from SRI International that harnesses artificial intelligence will help match sailors and soldiers to jobs in the civilian world, when they leave the service. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jessica O. Blackwell
     Sailors stand aboard the fast-attack submarine USS Missouri prepare to pull into their new home port to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, in January. SkillMil, a new venture from SRI International that harnesses artificial intelligence will help match sailors and soldiers to jobs in the civilian world, when they leave the service. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jessica O. Blackwell

Using Artificial Intelligence to Match Veterans to Jobs

April 27, 2018


Automated reasoning platform helps quantify soldiers’ skills for the civilian world.


SkillMil, a new business venture spun off from the independent, nonprofit research center SRI International, aims to pair military veterans with civilian job opportunities. SkillMil uses a platform that quantifies the percentage match of a veteran’s skills and experience with current job postings. The platform also identifies the training and skills needed to achieve a 100 percent job match.

“Using state-of-the-art semantic reasoning technology, SkillMil improves the civilian employment experience for veterans by precisely matching the skills and experience of military veterans with job opportunities at companies seeking to hire veterans,” the Menlo Park, California-based SRI announced in a release.

To leverage a veteran’s background, the platform also helps translate military jargon, revamping the process of understanding a soldier’s skills and qualifications into a less confounding experience for civilian hiring managers. “Although many Fortune 1000 companies are committed to hiring the more than 300,000 veterans transitioning out of the military every year, hiring veterans has been historically difficult,” SRI stated. “Often, civilian hiring managers do not understand the military jargon of codes and acronyms reflected in a veteran’s resume, and traditional job search websites do not optimally match veterans training and skillsets with the right job opportunities.” Using the platform, the new company aims to close the gap by accurately matching a veteran’s unique profile to jobs that reflect the veteran’s skills and experience.

“Military veterans have highly desirable experience in a range of fields, from cyber intelligence, to supply chain logistics, to trauma and healthcare, as well as a mission-oriented work ethic—all of which can contribute significantly to a company’s workforce,” said Noel Gonzalez, SkillMil founder and CEO and former U.S. Navy submarine officer. “SkillMil lets hiring companies easily translate and match a veteran’s skills, training and experience with open job requisitions—enabling them to confidently hire veterans who are among the most talented, skilled, and seasoned professionals in the job market.”

SkillMil is the latest venture from SRI, which has been focusing on artificial intelligence, machine learning and the connection to humans, among other things. “SRI has deep expertise in artificial intelligence, including developing automated reasoning engines that can exhibit intelligent behavior in complex situations,” said Manish Kothari, president of SRI Ventures. “We are proud to work with SkillMil in applying this technology to help veterans better select jobs for which they are highly qualified—and to help companies realize the tremendous value that veterans can bring to their business.”

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