Over the next five years, veteran unemployment will continue to drop as more companies pledge to hire veterans.
Companies across the US participated in an in depth questionnaire from Military times to reveal which companies were best when it comes to hiring veterans. Rankings were developed by answers provided about recruiting people connected to the military, company policies, and the overall culture of the company.
USAA, Verizon Communications Inc., CACI International Inc., BAE Systems Inc., and Union Pacific were the top five companies in rankings with USAA having a significant preference in hiring veterans.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes campaign just received a huge boost in their hiring efforts when the American Trucking Associations announced they would join efforts to hire 100,000 veterans.
“There’s no higher calling for an American than to serve in our armed forces, and I’d like to think that driving a truck – delivering America’s most essential goods safely and efficiently is also a high calling,” ATA President and CEO Bill Graves said. “That’s why we’re so proud to be partnering with Hiring Our Heroes and committing on behalf of the trucking industry to hire 100,000 veterans over the next two years.”
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.
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.
- The Shaw Group
- Allied Barton Security Services
- Home Depot USA Inc.
- General Dynamics
- Lockheed Martin Corp.
- Securitas Security Services USA
- L-3 Communications Corp.
- Northrop Grumman Corp.
- U.S. Security Associates Inc.
- Triple Canopy
- Sears Roebuck and Co.
- Huntington Ingalls Industries
- Lowes Cos. Inc.
- Booz Allen Hamilton
- BNSF Railway
- JPMorgan Chase and Co.
- United Services Automobile Assoc.
- Computer Sciences Corp.
- Six3 Intelligence Solutions Inc.
- U.S. Bancorp
- The Boeing Co.
- CACI International Inc.
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.
Here’s quick snapshot of news around the industry!
Around the Staffing Industry:
- Part-time jobs have accounted for 10% of job growth in recent years, and while we are rapidly becoming a “temp” nation, not all economists are enthused. [ABC News]
- State by state, here are the best and worst locations for staffing firms in regards to legal issues. [Staffing Industry]
- A new type of loan is being offered to consumers…the “workplace loan.” While current numbers are low, the number of loans is expected to rise to close to 10 million. Lawyers are finding this new “new benefit” troubling. [Deseret News] Continue reading