Top tech firms join push to hire veterans

Computerworld – Cisco, AT&T, Verizon and EMC have joined seven other major corporations that have jointly pledged to hire 100,000 veterans and military personnel that end active duty by the end of 2020.

JPMorgan Chase is leading so-called “100,000 Jobs Mission.” The high tech firms involved note that technical skills learned and used in the military could easily benefit them.

“For decades, we have aggressively recruited military talent from both enlisted and officer ranks,” said AT&T spokesman Mark Siegel. “The technical skills and leadership experience gained in the military transfer well to our company and culture.”

Siegel said AT&T was proud to join the other employers “including our colleagues at [competitor] Verizon. This has nothing to do with the daily thrust and parry of competition in telecom.”

JP Morgan Chase hopes to add more partners and increase the targeted number of jobs offered to military veterans. Unemployment in the U.S. currently stands at 8.9% overall, but at 9.2% for veterans. The figure rises to 12.5% for vets leaving the military today, according to a statement from JP Morgan Chase.

The group has committed to hire 20,000 of the 100,000 by the end of 2012.

“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,” said Frank Bisignano, chief administrative officer at JP Morgan Chase in a statement. To apply for a job at JP Morgan Chase or post a resume, applicants should go to,

JPMorgan Chase, Cisco, AT&T, Verizon and EMC are so far joined by Cushman & Wakefield, Iron Mountain, Modis, NCR and Universal Health Services in the project.

Top 10 Reasons to Hire a Veteran

1.  Accelerated Learning Curve
Veterans have the proven ability to learn new skills and concepts. In addition, they can enter your workforce with identifiable and transferable skills, proven in real world situations. This background can enhance your organization’s productivity.

2.  Leadership
The military trains people to lead by example as well as through direction, delegation, motivation and inspiration. Veterans understand the practical ways to manage behaviors for results, even in the most trying circumstances. They also know the dynamics of leadership as part of both hierarchical and peer structures. …..    

3.  Teamwork
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4.  Diversity and Inclusion in Action
Veterans have learned to work side by side with individuals regardless of diverse race, gender, geographic origin, ethnic background, religion and economic status as well as mental, physical and attitudinal capabilities. They have the sensitivity to cooperate with many different types of individuals.

5.  Efficient performance under pressure
Veterans understand the rigors of tight schedules and limited resources. They have developed the capacity to know how to accomplish priorities on time, in spite of tremendous stress. They know the critical importance of staying with a task until it is done right.

6.  Respect for procedures
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7.  Technology and globalization
Because of their experiences in the service, veterans are usually aware of international and technical trends pertinent to business and industry. They can bring the kind of global outlook and technological savvy that all enterprises of any size need to succeed.

8.  Integrity
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9.  Conscious of health and safety standards
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10. Triumph over adversity

In addition to dealing positively with the typical issues of personal maturity, veterans have frequently triumphed over great adversity. They likely have proven their mettle in mission critical situations demanding endurance, stamina and flexibility. They may have overcome personal disabilities through strengths and determination.