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We thank you for your trust in our mission! We have some announcements to make:
Our Live Q&A is scheduled for Thursday, Apr 13, 2017 at 12 noon EDT. Please RSVP here.
I (Noel) and Elie will explain why SkillMil has the potential to fundamentally change the way we hire Veterans and help their families, and why you should invest in SkillMil now.
Below are the latest updates:
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We are very confident in making your investment grow sizably because SkillMil will fundamentally change the way businesses hire Veterans and Veterans find the right job.
Shout out to all of our investors for being awesome, the Republic team for their hard work in every aspect of the campaign, and our awesome team for helping spread the word.
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Allows veterans to find civilian jobs by matching their military skills to corporate skills
Helps companies take advantage of getting government grants and credits
Powered by exclusive SRI machine learning technology
Early customers include American Airlines and Amazon
Raised $500,000 to date
Addresses an underserved multi-billion-dollar market.
SkillMil’s unique technology helps veterans get hired by providing personalized knowledge and skill matching to fill the business position demand.
There are roughly over 20 million retired veterans living in the US and over 1,500,000 veterans will transition out of the military in the next 4-5 years. Most of them will seek employment in the new, corporate world.
Companies are actively seeking vet-hires today, for their proven experience in unique areas and personal characteristics.
The government offers federal and state skills training grants and hiring tax credits of up to $18,000 for each hired qualified veteran.
All of these factors make veterans a desired candidate for most employers.
Mismatches. Traditional job sites do not optimally match the training and background with the job requisition. It’s not uncommon for a highly trained manager of complex large-scale logistics to be matched to a software programming job, or for the Commander of a Nuclear Submarine (“1120”) to be matched to a truck driver.
Jargon. Hiring managers typically discount, or give no credit for experience obtained in the Military, because it’s described with complex acronyms and unrecognizable jargon.
Job search is a new concept to veterans. Corporate and military realities are very different. veterans often expect the military pre-planned career management and are used to a military personnel office responsible for placing them in their various assignments.
We address all of these problems with SkillMil.
Translates military jargon/acronyms (military speak) into plain business English.
Auto-formats input data into a clean business resume.
Provides SkillScore – the percent “fit” of job candidates to open requirements.
Lists the specific skills & experience candidate is missing to achieve a 100% fit.
SkillMil makes job search and hiring easy for both veterans and HR managers.
Veterans have extensive training (knowledge and skill) and certifications that are communicated with military jargon and acronyms. SkillMil converts the “military speak” into an easy-to-understand language for hiring companies. This conversion minimizes the communication gap between the veteran and hiring employee and communicates the veteran’s career and experience effectively.
SkillMil produces a 1-page formatted resume summarizing the veteran’s career. With input from the hiring company, the 1-page resume can also include specific information desired by the hiring company (e.g., Total flight hours, specific training and certifications, time served in specific functional areas, qualifications, etc.)
SkillMil‘s unique feature, SkillScore, quantifies the percent “fit” between a veteran and an open job requirement, so that the hiring manager can easily recognize the optimal match results across several candidates.
Corporate hiring managers can use the SkillScore to pre-screen multiple candidates, based on a percent match cut-off.
SkillScore is a unique concept that can be used for any job search, not just veterans. Licensing SkillScore to all job-matching sites in the industry is one of SkillMill's planned profit channels.
In addition to providing a percent match with SkillScore, Skillmil provides a list of the knowledge and skills needed to achieve a 100% job match to a specific position, so that veterans can know exactly what they need to learn to get hired.
SkillMil provides training and assistance to businesses on the full use of veteran benefits tailored to the company's needs, and helps them realize and maximize the tax credits available and grants offered.
Many states also help provide training to veterans, so they can obtain required skills to meet the requirements of the job offered. Businesses can use the saved funds from the Work Opportunity Tax Credit to help train veterans in addition to using state benefits.
For all SkillMil-hired veterans, there is an ability to connect to a professional network (LinkedIn style). This network allows for mentoring and communication by the SkillMil team and other veterans.
Veteran inputs their service dates, pay rate, military specialty codes, training courses, and field experience codes;
SkillMil translates input into a business resume;
SkillMil matches the veteran’s profile to an open job requirement;
If hired, SkillMil assists hiring company in onboarding vet for smooth transition.
Additionally, veterans can:
Hiring manager creates a company profile;
Imports existing job openings or creates a new one and list requirements;
For each job opening, adjusts candidate’s desired skills, qualifications and competencies;
Based on the settings, sees the list of candidates ranked by SkillScore;
Reviews candidate’s profile:
1-min video with answers to questions, that the company has chosen in advance,
A list of training and experience that is missing to get to a “100% match.”
For hired candidates, SkillMil works with company to help them get benefits and file required forms.
For candidates that weren’t hired, SkillMil automatically prepares required reports: A Federal mandate requires companies to report on why targeted job applicants (e.g., veterans) were not hired. By quantifying the percent match, and listing skills & experience lacking for candidates to reach a 100% match, these reports are easy to produce.
SkillMil integrates proprietary Sunflower technology developed by Stanford Research Institute (SRI), an applied research organization in Menlo Park, CA.
SRI is famous for a long list of life-impacting creations: Its 70+ years of innovation have created new industries, billions of dollars in market value and lasting benefits to society.
SRI-based technology gives SkillMil matching functions through:
specialized database structure
proprietary reasoning algorithms
SkillMil’s exclusive license to utilize this SRI software integrated into our end-to-end solution means a uniquely effective approach that’s impossible to replicate.
Customers we’ve brought on—even before our system is fully in-production—tell us that our solution is easy to use, and makes it efficient to find veteran candidates that closely match open job reqs, making precision hiring a reality.
Among paying and currently onboarded customers:
Piedmont Airlines (part of AA) – is using SkillMil to hire pilots and mechanics.
Amazon AWS hires IT specialists, with planned expansion into logistics
Duke Energy will hire line workers and nuclear operators
Palm Beach Sheriff's Office
Many other customers with total contract value of $1M are in active development in the pipeline and expected to close in 2017.
Today’s well-recognized trends show that Skillmil is especially needed right now:
The demand for hiring veterans is especially high
Hundreds of large companies have now committed to hire 500,000+ vets by 2018,
Tens of thousands of dollars per vet-hire in various tax credits.
Technological and social trends
Ever Increasing role of technology, social and professional networking for job search
Failure of current solutions to adequately address market’s problems
SkillMil is entering the veteran and human capital sector during a substantial up-tick, meeting a significant unmet need in a $124 Billion high-growth total addressable market.
SkillMil is leveraging a wave of veteran hiring and many programs that encourage hiring veterans.
Federal Government awards up to $9,600 tax credit for each hired qualified veteran through the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC).
Some states offer tax credits or training grants up to $9,000 for hired qualified veterans.
The Department of veterans Affairs (VA) Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment also offers a Special Employer Incentives (SEI) program for eligible veterans who face challenges in obtaining employment.
The Walt Disney Company Heroes Work Here (HWH) initiative
VOW to Hire Heroes Act
Joining Forces (Amazon and 50+ other companies have pledged the hiring, training and certification for veterans and military spouses.
Hiring Our Heroes (US Chamber of Commerce Foundation) – More than 2,000 companies committed.
Veterans Jobs Mission – a coalition, committed to collectively hiring a total of 1,000,000 military veterans.
SkillMil will consult the hiring companies how to best benefit from these programs and guide them in filling out the required documentation to receive these benefits.
Founded by Noel Gonzalez, a former Nuclear Submarine Captain. He has helped over 100 skilled military members write resumes, find jobs and connections.
Noel quickly found that enlisted military members lack the ability to translate their military skills to business terms that a hiring manager understands. When Noel himself filled out a skills profile in the most popular military job-matching website, he found that he was matched to truck driver job openings—ignoring his masters in nuclear engineering, his 22 years managing fast-attack submarine personnel, his highest level security clearance, etc.
The SkillMil team cumulatively has over 100 years of experience working with all branches of the military and veterans. The SkillMil team is committed to matching the talents and skills of U.S. military veterans with high performing companies.
We strongly believe that today’s U.S. military veterans entering civilian business are among the most talented, skilled, and seasoned professionals in the business market.
Marian Sabety, Chairman of the Board, Marian is an investor with Sand Hill Angels and a serial entrepreneur providing unique expertise in startups. Founded YFonGlobal, a VoIP calling service offering free-calling for subscribers and Wyndstorm, a video streaming platform and has held senior positions at AT&T, United Technologies, Sprint, Cap Gemini, CGI, SAIC, and Stanford Research Institute (SRI).
Stephen Ciesinski, President of Stanford Research Institute (SRI). Stephen provides significant technical expertise in enterprise solutions. Stephen oversees global markets at SRI, U.S. and foreign government agencies and R&D-based universities.
Henry Eickelberg, former Corporate Vice President of Human Resources and Shared Services for General Dynamics. Henry provides knowledge on hiring veterans in corporate america.
Edward Powell, former president of the United Service Organizations (USO). He served as Deputy Secretary for the Department of veterans Affairs, under President Bill Clinton. Brings tremendous knowledge on veteran programs and veteran organizations.
Lisa Parrott, Veteran Recruiter Director at Amazon, provides tremendous corporate knowledge on veteran hiring practices and corporate struggles in matching veterans to the right job.
Alexandra Stanton, CEO of Empire Global Ventures LLC. Ms. Stanton has held senior positions in the NYC Mayor’s Office of Appointments for Mayor Bill De Blasio, the Empire State Development Corporation and HUD in Washington, D.C. President Barack Obama appointed her to the Board of Trustees of The Kennedy Center in 2013. She currently serves on the Board of the Parrish Art Museum in Watermill, New York and is VP of Doctors of the World – USA.
Now: Service's backend and frontend under active development, with database and website near completion.
Early spring ‘17 – Phase 1:
launch MVP with core functionality
Billing system for companies
Early summer ‘17 – Phase 2:
Sunflower technology by SRI integrated
Search / matching capabilities
End of 2017 – Phase 3:
Full veteran/hiring manager capability
Fully mobile optimized experience
HR software integration (i.e. Paleo)
We believe that the SkillMil’s model will become the new norm in all online job-matching sites.
SkillMil’s approach represents a paradigm shift in the hiring of veterans and ultimately of hiring online in general. Our mission is to become the end-to-end veteran Career Management Service solution at any stage of a military member’s career.
Once we transform and perfect what we know best – hiring for veterans, we will move to transforming the job search industry as a whole.
Social media praise!
Get a SkillMil shirt, bottle opener and social media praise.
Get a 1 hour on the phone review of a resume, veteran outreach, and veteran benefits.
Meet and greet with a local Veteran. In addition, get SkillMil t-shirt and top-secret swag package with several SkillMil swag items.
Provide 3 hours of unique profile teardown and build-up consultation. For employers, will provide unique Veteran benefits consultation. Plus, receive SkillMil t-shirt.
Unique tour of Stanford Research Institute located in Palo Alto, CA, to include dinner with team members and local Veterans.
Everything in $10,000 perk. Plus we will list you, anyone you nominate, or your company as 1 of 10 Two-Star Partners in the Who/Team section. This will be clearly visible to the public. You will be considered a major investor.
We don’t just give companies hundreds of candidates who may or may not qualify. We match specific skill sets with corporate needs. Our combination of proprietary software and passion for an enterprise solution makes us the only logical choice for veteran hiring.
Applying is easy. Go to www.skillmil.com, fill out your profile, and get alerts sent to your email or smartphone when a company has an offer for you.
There are a number of acquirers active in the job placement industry, including LinkedIn, Monster, and others.
SRI International, Sand Hill Angels, and Angel Investors.
We have a membership model that each company will pay to gain access to the website, advertising, and license fees.
SkillMil successfully raised $77,050 from 179 investors on May 1, 2017
I invested in SkillMil because I recognize the problem they are addressing, they have a good niche (military) in which I think they can get early traction via a great distribution channel, and I have confidence in the tech they licensed from SRI.William BurroughsInvested 17 minutes ago
I have people in my family and know people who would benefit from this. I like that ML will be used to develop a superior, more effective product.Kendrick LedetInvested 5 months ago
As a soon to be veteran myself, currently with 6 months left and over 4 years of service I am in full support of what this company is doing.Jose VazquezInvested 5 months ago
A small gesture to show appreciation to all the brave men & women for their sacrifice.GARRY CHANInvested 5 months ago
The concept of hiring veterans for all the obvious reasons is just so right!Yasir RushdanInvested 5 months ago
I know that vets are disciplined, skilled and know how to work with a team. And any vet returning from an overseas campaign deserves our support back into civilian life with a good paying job and with people who appreciate them.Steve CounselmanInvested 5 months ago
I saw your information on Crowdability and liked your missionDavid MeriwetherInvested 5 months ago
Help VeteransPhillip E BolinInvested 5 months ago
I work with career coaches and recognize that you guys have a winning approach to help vets reintegrate into the civilian work force, which is SO needed! Thank you, and may you find every success!Sheryl GiffisInvested 5 months ago
I'm a PatriotChris KibbeInvested 5 months ago
I support our veterans and hope that they can come home to employment opportunities to support themselves after service.Paul HeinInvested 5 months ago
I invested in SkillMil because I am an active duty Soldier who understands the issues translating military speak to civilian speak. I also know a number of people who have transitioned out of the military recently without a proper translation.Jonathan HarrisonInvested 5 months ago
I retired after 21 years back in 1988. Now, at 72 years of age, I don't think many companies would hire me. However, I do want to help those younger than me.Ed DudleyInvested 5 months ago
My father was a Marine Sgt. Major in the Korean and VietNam wars. He would have approved of helping other veteran's obtain gainful employment, as he went to Washington DC for the advocacy of veteran's benefits. These men deserve dignity with honor.Cynthia OdomInvested 6 months ago
This idea is right on track and gives our vets a very useful resource!Lawrence MasottiInvested 6 months ago
This is my first investment ever through crowdfunding opportunities. I took Crowdability's course to be more informed. This is the best Co. I found. SkillMil has a great team and a great cause helping our Vets. GO SKILLMIL!Peggy TarrantInvested 6 months ago
I wanted to become an angel.Leevonnie CarterInvested 6 months ago
I believe in and very much support what this company is doing.Dennis CooperInvested 6 months ago
I am a military member as well and I know this is a needed service.Anthony StewartInvested 6 months ago
I would like to help make a difference for the men and woman who have graciously served our country with honor who are mostly forgotten by our government during their transition to civilian life ..Kevin PachecoInvested 6 months ago
I invested because I believe that veterans (or other retired persons) have tremendous life-learning. They can significantly contribute to the economy even in their veteran years.Yusuf JanInvested 6 months ago
To own a piece of the Game!JUSTIN JOSEPHInvested 6 months ago
Our veterans served their country and deserve jobs from their country! I really believe employers are getting the best by joining this. Veterans are the reason we enjoy the freedom and benefits our great country has.john cookseyInvested 6 months ago
I think you'll make money and make a differenceStephen DykeInvested 7 months ago
I really feel the Veterans should get more opportunities and help once they return back to society. So why not make an investment in them.Ebony SimmonsInvested 7 months ago
I invested because we need to do something for our veterans.Gurtej SandhuInvested 7 months ago
This country does not do much for Veterans for all their sacrifices. I want to play a very small part in recognizing not only their sacrifices but their Family's greatness too.Chad InnugantiInvested 7 months ago
Great vision and purpose. Love the founder-product fit and its potential to grow beyond the current industry in future.Edwin MakInvested 7 months ago
a lot a technology involved, I think can be easily acquiredjose gomezInvested 7 months ago
Am looking to build a diversified portfolio of start-up investments. Heard about you from Crowdability. You've got a serious chance at a great exit. Cheers!Dan KingInvested 7 months ago
I have veteran family members, this type of service seems like a no brainer for returning vets. Sites like USAjobs is cumbersome and doesn't address the private sector (by design).Joshua RabinowitzInvested 7 months ago
I believe it's the right time for the market, great team, clear plan for the year, partnership with good companies, helping veteransZafrin MinotiInvested 7 months ago
I invested to help our vets. They go over and fight for us for just a pittance. They need something when they get back.Scott BorgInvested 7 months ago
I feel that our Vets need security on getting a good job to start their new life when returning home from serving our country! They deserve this and more!!Tom JanottiInvested 7 months ago
I believe this company can help our veterans and that it will be a financially successful venture that will fill a clearly defined market.Steven ZimmermanInvested 7 months ago
I am building a diversified portfolio and SkillMil has what I am looking for in a start-up company. My family have all served or are currently serving in the military so this seems to help our veterans so I want to help support it.Lawrence RichardsInvested 7 months ago
This looks like an excellent way to get military back into the work force.David DetzelInvested 7 months ago
I thank the Veterans can use this service that was not there when I got out off the military. I just want to do my part in helping all veterans reintegrate back into civilian life and be successful. I hope SkillMil is the answer.David WebleyInvested 7 months ago
I am a veteran - USN 1966-1972 ETR2(SS) and I absolutely believe in their mission!Forrest MillerInvested 7 months ago
I want businesses that strive to help people lives to succeed.Danny ParkInvested 7 months ago
I believe strongly in the company's mission.Aaron BlaisdellInvested 7 months ago
Want to support our Vets and opportunities for them to thrive after their service - too many of our vets are forgotten or written off when back home.Eric SweivenInvested 7 months ago
Anything I can try and do or help our veteran's that allowed me to make money I will do and have heard great thing's about companyWILLIAM SKYLESInvested 7 months ago
I love the veterans and i believe in their vision.eddy nicolasInvested 7 months ago
This is the right company to do the job.Sal InzerilloInvested 7 months ago
I was a veteran that has returned to active duty. This company, it's mission statement, is part of what I am looking forward to retiring from service and taking my talent into my own company one day.Rhys WoodallInvested 7 months ago
I'm an Army veteran and truly believe in supporting our bravest 1% of men and women in the Armed Forces! SkillMil is a solution for Veterans transitioning into the civilian workforce with ease, salute to Noel for this idea!Divant L. Townes Jr.Invested 8 months ago
I invested to help support Veterans!!Phil TurturiciInvested 8 months ago
The founders are passionate about their cause, have lots of experience & a niche in the market.Gwenhwyvar RollfInvested 8 months ago
Recommended by newsletter.Kalman KaplanInvested 8 months ago
Former veteran and a website like this will make transitioning easier for future veterans.Lindsay LittleInvested 8 months ago
This venture helps match demand with supply in a way that is both technologically sound and socially beneficial.James RuttleyInvested 8 months ago
While not a veteran, I know and work with several. SkillMil offers a valuable tool that will enable veterans to succeed outside the military.Lance SingletonInvested 8 months ago
Many of my family members and friends served valiantly in the armed forces. I wholeheartedly would like to support services that help them and other veterans assimilate back into society smoothly.Seth PeylaInvested 8 months ago
As a veteran, I know this type of service is needed and will go a long way to help veterans get the help they need to transition over. The opportunities to come!Michael LeeInvested 8 months ago
I enjoy helping beneficial companies and people meet their goalsCharles HicksInvested 8 months ago
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