10 Veteran-Friendly Companies that are Hiring and Lending a Helping Hand
Northrop Grumman currently employs more than 13,000 veterans (approximately 18 percent of its total workforce) and is committed to increasing its outreach to veterans and their families. Launched in 2005, Northrop Grumman’s career transition assistance program for Wounded Warriors—Operation IMPACT—continues to provide employment opportunities and training for hundreds of severely injured veterans annually. Last year, the company increased its resources and investments to strengthen and expand veteran outreach and recruitment. Northrop Grumman is also a proud partner of the Military Spouse Employment Program (MSEP) and is committed to providing training and employment opportunities for the military spouse community. For information, access Northrop Grumman’s website: www.northropgrumman.com.
U.S. Bank is committed to hiring at least 1,000 veterans by the end of 2013. To help achieve this goal, U.S. Bank is introducing a military recruiting website to connect veterans with the company’s career opportunities. In addition, U.S. Bank is piloting a Leadership Development Program in two of its consumer banking markets to recruit transitioning veterans into branch management training programs and expects to expand the program into other markets and business lines. In recognition of the many sacrifices that military families make, U.S. Bank will also offer eligible employees two weeks of paid leave to cover time they would otherwise take off per existing federal or state law in connection with a loved one’s military service. For more information, contact U.S. Bank: www.usbank.com.
AT&T is launching two new online resources. The first is a custom military skills translator, which will enable servicemen and women to use their current Military Occupation Code or Military Occupation Specialty to find corresponding civilian career opportunities at AT&T. The second is the Careers4Vets program, which connects interested veterans with mentors within AT&T. These two new platforms will support AT&T’s ongoing veteran initiatives, including supplier diversity initiatives such as Operation Hand Salute, a mentoring program designed to help disabled veteran businesses develop the tools and expertise to win large corporate contracts. Contact AT&T for additional information: www.att.com.
Sears Holdings, which presently employs more than 30,000 veterans and military spouses, increased its 2011/2012 veteran/ military spouse hiring by 10 percent. It offers continued employment to service members and families with the launch of the Permanent Change of Station (PCS) Promise. The PCS Promise was created to support Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden’s Joining Forces initiative, which raises awareness around the challenges that military personnel and their spouses endure when moving from one community to another (often as a result of their spouses’ military reassignments). On top of the stress of uprooting children and relocating to a new community, military spouses are often faced with the difficulty of continuing their careers or finding a new job in their new locations. With the PCS Promise, Sears Holdings will do everything in its power to give military spouses who are employed by the company a job at a Sears, Kmart or Lands’ End store convenient to their new locations. To find out more, access the company’s website: www.searsholdings.com.