100,000 Jobs for Vets
Eleven major U.S. firms have joined together in a pledge to hire 100,000 veterans and military personnel after they've finished serving the country over the next several years. Huge corporations such as JPMorgan Chase, AT&T, Verizon and Cisco are among those participating.
JPMorgan Chase is leading the efforts to rally employers for the troops. The drive is called the "100,000 Jobs Mission," and participating employers believe the skills military personnel developed in the service could easily translate to jobs in the private sector.
And this is just the beginning. JPMorgan Chase is recruiting more partners, and hopes to raise the targeted number of jobs they'll be offering. Other companies already signed on to participate include EMC, Cushman & Wakefield, Iron Mountain, Modis, NCR and Universal Health Services.
"Not only is this the right thing to do for veterans, but all of the companies in the 100,000 Jobs Mission recognize it's a great thing to do for our businesses," stated Frank Bisignano, chief administrative officer at JPMorgan Chase.
It isn't often you see competitors like Verizon and AT&T working together on something. "This has nothing to do with the daily thrust and parry of competition in telecom," said AT&T spokesman Mark Siegel.
"For decades, we have aggressively recruited military talent from both enlisted and officer ranks ...The technical skills and leadership experience gained in the military transfer well to our company and culture."
While the program is slated to last through 2020, the group has committed to hire 20,000 of the 100,000 by the end of 2012. More news about the program is forthcoming, but if you're currently a veteran or planning on making a transition from military to civilian, you can apply for a job at JPMorgan Chase or post a resume at chasemilitary.com.
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