Hilton announced Thursday that it will hire 20,000 veterans, along with their spouses, dependents and caregivers, by the year 2020.
This initiative is an expansion of Operation: Opportunity, which the company rolled out in 2013. In 2016, the company announced that it had completed the project ahead of schedule, hiring 10,000 veterans over a three-year period.
Hilton hired most of its veteran workforce in Florida, California and Texas, which all have dense veteran populations.
Hilton is Offering More Jobs for Veterans
The new hiring initiative will include every facet of the hotel chain's operations, from individual hotels all the way up to Hilton's headquarters in Virginia.
Matt Schuyler, chief human resources officer at Hilton, said the company has developed a system that matches job openings to Military Occupational Specialties codes, which are assigned to every member of the U.S. military.
These MOS codes help veterans to match their specific skill sets to potential job prospects within the company, including everything from concierge and front desk services to engineering and finance positions.
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Schuyler also relayed a message to the company's veteran team members, saying, "We value the leadership, integrity, teamwork and other skills you bring to the hospitality industry, and Hilton will do everything it can to support you in making a smooth transition to the civilian workforce."
Hilton's Commitment to Veterans
Hilton has a history of supporting military members and their families; dating back to its beginnings, as founder Conrad Hilton was a U.S. army veteran who served in World War I.
The Operation: Opportunity program's main goal is to provide support for military members and their families, which it does by offering flexible work opportunities (including work-from-home positions) and "continuity of employment" after location moves and during prolonged deployments.
To date, about 10% of Operation: Opportunity hires are military spouses and dependents.
The company has several programs for veterans, including tailored development programs, reserve pay benefits and a devoted Veteran Team Member Resource Group.
Hilton also donates Hilton Honors Points that veterans can redeem for free hotel stays during job seeking, training or certification programs within the company or in other industries.
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Grace Schweizer is a junior writer at The Penny Hoarder.
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