How companies seek veterans for employment

From service jobs to management positions, there is no shortage of opportunities for those who want lucrative and meaningful work. So how do companies fill these positions and find the best candidates?

Some companies look to those leaving military service to fill their ranks, offering support, accolades and transition programs to veterans they know bring unique skills and talents to their teams. And there are also non-profit organizations that help make it easier to match veterans and military with employers.

Walmart, Hilton and many other companies make it a point to not only hire veterans, but actively seek them out for positions. And nonprofits like Helping our Heroes, FourBlock, and the Honor Foundation work with veterans and retired military personnel on interview skills, resumes, and internships.

Companies say veterans make great recruits: they have leadership experience; they are calm under pressure and they have a work-ready ethic. Veterans are also easily trained and adaptable, valuing teamwork.

“The military is all about people,” said Mike Abrams, founder and president of FourBlock, and a lieutenant colonel in the Marine Corps Reserves. “You get a great experience there.”

And veterans appreciate working in a company whose culture reflects service, focused on teamwork, leadership and support.

“Hilton has done an incredible job of recognizing that military service members have valuable experience that can be adapted to many post-service roles,” said Bryan Estrella, 29, who works as an income specialist at Hilton. Revenue Management Consolidated Center.

Here’s a look at how a few companies hire veterans, as well as some of the work nonprofits are doing to help veterans find the right fit in the civilian world.

hilton

Hilton has a long history of supporting the military – in fact, founder Conrad Hilton served in the US Army during World War I. The company launched Operation: Opportunity in 2013 and has since hired more than 35,000 veterans and military spouses. Hilton has also created a military-friendly culture, said Melissa Stirling, who is the company’s senior director of military programs and leads Operation: Opportunity.

“It’s a proven goal for us,” Stirling said. “And our commitment is stronger than ever. It is not an initiative. It’s who we are.

Estrella said his time in the military helped him become more resilient and adaptable, and that Hilton’s pro-military training and culture — especially when working around his National Guard schedule – mean he can be successful on both fronts.

Another Hilton employee, Ted Peterson, 46, of Texas, agrees. He is an analyst for the company and was a former Air Force recruiter. He said the company’s commitment to work-life balance made the transition easier.

“Hilton … actively encourages its team members to spend time with our loved ones and be present at home and at work,” Peterson said. “In my opinion, what sets Hilton apart from most organizations is its belief that team members are its greatest asset. This creates an environment in which we thrive, both at work and at home. .

walmart

For years, Walmart has hired veterans and military spouses have found jobs — hiring more than 250,000 since 2013. Its Find-A-Future program offers online tools for veterans to assess their skills and connecting them to jobs in the business, through education or as an entrepreneur.

Brynt Parmeter, a veteran himself, is senior director of military programs for Walmart.

“(This program) helps take the guesswork out of someone’s post-military landing spot,” he said.

He said that under the program, veterans can connect the dots of their past, present and what they want in the future and forge a career path.

“It’s a more deliberate and thoughtful process,” he said. “People appreciate that.”

Walmart also has partnerships with organizations that work with veterans, like Hiring our Heroes and the company has associate resource groups that facilitate a sense of community and belonging – for veterans and more – to help associates in the work and beyond.

Non-profit associations

Although companies have their own programs for veterans and military spouses, several organizations also work to help veterans find post-service employment and education. FourBlock, Helping Our Heroes and the Honor Foundation (which works exclusively with former Special Operations Forces members) offer training, recovery assistance, job fairs and assessments and other key services veterans and their spouses.

The Honor Foundation offers executive-style cohort experiences focused on helping elite warriors transition into the corporate world. The three-phase program helps veterans find their passion, integrate what they need for job interviews or graduate school, and then train in the real world at networking events and field trips. businesses.

“We help them choose their next adventure,” said Lindsay Cashin, vice president of people for the Honor Foundation.

Carla Miller is a military spouse and senior executive and career connector for Hiring Our Heroes, a U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation program that connects the military community (service members, their spouses, and veterans) with businesses for career opportunities. ‘use.

She said her job is to help veterans leverage their unique skills in the workplace. Veterans, she said, may downplay their skills because in the military you’re part of a team and you’re not always encouraged to honk your horn, so to speak.

Since the pandemic, she said there are still more job seekers, but remote work is also increasing (which benefits military spouses and transitioning military members).

And Helping our Heroes has a scholarship program that allows current military personnel to “try out” a job for size in a sort of internship program.

“We already know what corporate America wants,” Miller said. “So we’re trying to fill that gap by helping veterans with great resumes, interview skills, and we’re always trying to help them land meaningful work.”

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