Union Pacific At The Top For Hiring Veterans

The railroad industry is increasingly looking at hiring veterans.

Monster.com just posted an article on how the Rail Industry is exceeding hiring expirations and veterans should look into jobs in that industry.

According to the Association of American Railroads, over the last two years the major fright railroads have hired over 45,000 people, including an estimated 9,900 who have served in the military.

“The demand for moving freight by rail will continue to grow, and railroads are looking for good people to help them serve customers and power the nation’s economy.  We’re proud to say that history has shown us how the skills, dedication and discipline possessed by men and women in the military make them a perfect fit for railroading,” said AAR President and CEO Edward R. Hamberger.

The industry continues to exceed hiring expectations thanks to the White House Joining Forces Program. Nearly 25 percent of all new railroad hires have some type of military experience and that rate continues to grow exceeding the 2012 commitment.

Of the railroad companies, Union Pacific is the top-veteran friendly company for 2015. UP employs nearly 10,000 veterans and is looking to increase that number. “Their familiarity with safety sensitive operating environments and unparalleled work ethic translates very well to the railroad. As we seek to fulfill increasing hiring needs, we will continue to recruit transitioning military service members to join the Union Pacific team,” said Jamie Herbert, assistant vice president — Union Pacific Human Resources.

UP has hired 1,425 military veterans which makes up approximately 28 percent of all new hires in 2014. 20 percent of UP’s workforce is veterans.

Veterans who are looking to join the transportation industry have a high chance of landing a job and an even better chance when applying to Union Pacific. The industry continues to grow as America’s economy bounces back and more jobs are created with the growth.

Today, all major railroads are hiring across the country, from diesel mechanics to train conductors there are plenty of jobs to choose from.

 

4 Reasons Hiring a Veteran is a Good Idea

There’s plenty of reasons, Hiring a Veteran is a good idea, but Simply Hired recently did a post on 4 reasons to consider hiring veteran candidates, and we wanted to share those and some other valuable insight on why companies to consider hiring veterans.

The skills that veterans gain throughout the military experience are valuable assets to any company, and while more companies are still figuring this out, there’s still plenty of reasons to help companies understand the true value of veteran employees.

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Hire a Veteran this November

The Governor of Florida, has declared November, Hire a Veteran Month.

Florida is home to over 1 million veterans making it one of the largest populations for veterans in the country. The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity and CareerSource Florida encourages companies to recognize the value of hiring veterans. With that said, they work hard to help veterans, spouses of active duty members, and their families to find meaningful jobs in Florida. Nearly 21,000 veterans have found employment this year through Florida’s 24 regional workforce boards.

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The Best Metro Areas for Young Veterans

Recently USAA and Hiring Our Heroes announced the best areas for young veterans to further their education and find better employment opportunities. Pittsburgh earned the top spot for transitioning into civilian careers and having more educational opportunities according to the study.

The mission behind the study is to help over 1.5 million service members who are expected to leave the military find meaningful jobs and have an easier time transitioning. “This list identifies the top places for veterans to use their discipline and determination to succeed in civilian workplaces,” said Eric Eversole, vice president at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and executive director of Hiring Our Heroes.

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NDEAM: Creating Awareness for Disabled Veterans

Each October, the National Disability Employment Awareness Month campaign is held to create awareness about disability employment issues. It also celebrates the value added by those disabled veterans and disabled workers that have joined the workforce.

Each year, there is a theme, and this year it is “Expect. Employ. Empower.” TAD PGS recently touched on National Disability Employment Awareness Month and some of the companies that are pledging to help. NDEAM roots go back to 1945 when Congress enacted a law where in the first week of October each year, it was “National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week. It has since expanded to create more awareness.

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SDVOSB Council Teams Up with Adecco Government

On October 14th, Adecco Government (AGS) hosted an open house in conjunction with the SDVOSB Council to seek teaming partners for work with the VA, DHS, and DoD. The focus of the event was geared towards placing secured personnel  in the Engineering, IT, Administrative, and Medical areas.

Adecco Government is a service mark of TAD PGS, Inc a wholly owned subsidiary of Adecco, Inc. The open house was created to offer more opportunities for veteran workers and companies.

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Federal Contractors Who Are Hiring Veterans

Military Times just released the Top 25 Federal Contractors who are hiring veterans.

Companies with federal contracts of $100,000 or more, are required to provide their veteran hiring information while also giving veterans a fighting chance during the hiring process. These are the top 25 who have hired veterans in their 2013 fiscal years.

The Shaw Group Inc in Baton Rouge, LA hired the most with 1,642.

  1. The Shaw Group
  2. Allied Barton Security Services
  3. UPS
  4. Home Depot USA  Inc.
  5. General Dynamics
  6. Lockheed Martin Corp.
  7. Securitas Security Services USA
  8. L-3 Communications Corp.
  9. Xerox
  10. Northrop Grumman Corp.
  11. U.S. Security Associates Inc.
  12. Triple Canopy
  13. Sears Roebuck and Co.
  14. Huntington Ingalls Industries
  15. Lowes Cos. Inc.
  16. Booz Allen Hamilton
  17. BNSF Railway
  18. Amazon
  19. JPMorgan Chase and Co.
  20. United Services Automobile Assoc.
  21. Computer Sciences Corp.
  22. Six3 Intelligence Solutions Inc.
  23. U.S. Bancorp
  24. The Boeing Co.
  25. CACI International Inc.

Contractors Hiring Veterans

American Job Centers are scattered throughout the country to provide information and job openings to veterans. Federal contractors must list their current positions with the centers. Veteran status gets you immediate access to many services and programs available.

“Every veteran gets priority of service in an American Job Center,” said Teresa Gerton, deputy assistant secretary for policy at the Labor Department. “There’s a tremendous amount of support for veterans available for free.”

 

 

Some of the benefits:

There are now veteran hiring benchmarks that federal contractors must meet. They must set hiring goals, usually the proportion of vets hired should be as large as the proportion to the civilian force, terraced by the Labor Department. Contractors can also use other methods to establish benchmarks.

Contractors must also give veterans first dibs on job listings. The openings must be listed with The Labor Department’s One-Stop Career Centers that are scattered throughout the country.

Contractors are not allowed to decrease pay based on pensions. They must be paid similar to those employees doing the same job.

Disabled veterans are recognized and contractors must make a “reasonable accommodation” to allow disable vets to work for them.

There are many perks of getting hired by federal contractors and these are just some examples. For more information please visit the United States Department of Labor.

You’re Hired: Starbucks and Military Transitioning

As of September 2014, there were around 500,000 unemployed vets, and Penn Johnakin was one of them. He was medically discharged with a heart condition and had no where to turn. He had applied to hundreds of places, only to hear back from a few but then he caught Starbucks’ eye. Starbucks is proud to employ veterans and military spouses and when they met Penn, they saw something special. Watch his journey as he is offered a job on Good Morning America.

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Veteran Jobs: Government and Law Enforcement Agencies

We recently posted an article about U.S. Veteran’s Magazine’s Best Veteran Friendly Companies 2014. It’s an annual evaluation they do to determine the nation’s Best of the Best for veteran friendly companies. Hundreds of Fortune 1000 companies were polled to determine the lists for veteran jobs. The goal behind USVM’s best of the best evaluation, is to open employment and corporate America for all veterans.

Here’s the list of Top Government and Law Enforcement Agencies for 2014 determined by U.S. Veterans Magazine (USVM).

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Technology To Help Your Military Transition

Transitioning from military to civilian careers can be difficult and the job market is more competitive than ever, so it’s important to use all the online tools and resources available when searching for jobs.

Webinars and virtual job fairs are helpful tools that can create a lot of new avenues for job seekers. There are also many classes and seminars to help with the military transition.

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