Helping our heroes find work

Posted by Amanda Augustine

November 11, 2013 @ 09:30 AM

Here are some of the many corporations helping military veterans transition back to civilian jobs.

When_the_Troops_Come_Home_to_StayFinding a new job is rarely considered easy or fun. Add in a career change and the process seems even more overwhelming. This is how many veterans feel when they return home and start looking for civilian work. If you are  transitioning from a military career to one in the private sector (or know someone who is), check out these organizations that are making a difference and helping U.S. military veterans find the right job.

General Electric

GE currently recruits military veterans through its Junior Officer Leadership Program (JOLP). Qualified candidates work in a two-year, cross-functional rotational training program that allows recruits to gain valuable work experience and develop skill sets that are necessary for a successful career at GE. Additionally, the company recently created the GE Veterans Network (GEVN), a community dedicated to providing career support to its military veterans.

The Home Depot

It’s important to identify and highlight your transferable skills when making a career change. If you’re unsure where your military skills can be best applied in the private sector, check out The Home Depot’s Skill Translator. This feature helps veterans translate their military skills and experience to find career opportunities at The Home Depot that best fit their background.

Volt Information Services

Volt, a global provider of talent, technology and consulting services, created the Military Heroes Program  to help veterans transition seamlessly back into corporate America. From resume and interviewing tips to access to employment opportunities, Volt is helping our heroes find work.

The Walt Disney Company

In 2012 Disney announced Heroes Work Here, a company-wide initiative to hire, train and support returning veterans. To help returning veterans identify where they fit into the Disney family, the organization profiles 17 distinct military occupations in its Career Areas section to help candidates find the Disney career that best matches their skill sets and talents.

Adcap Network Services

Adcap Network Systems, the Southeast’s premier provider of complete voice and data networked solutions, offers two unique opportunities for those transitioning to new careers. If you’ve returned to the Atlanta region, consider applying for one of Adcap’s paid apprentice programs in sales or engineering. In addition to receiving valuable training and work experience, successful graduates of the program are eligible for full-time positions at Adcap.

Citigroup

Citigroup has developed a number of programs such as the Veterans Initiative and the Military Veterans Network, which provide assistance with networking, mentoring, resume writing and leadership training for military veterans. Additionally, Citi is one of three banks involved in the Veterans on Wall Street (VOWS) initiative dedicated to honoring former military personnel by facilitating career and business opportunities in the financial services industry.

Do you know another organization that’s helping our heroes find work? Please share below!

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