…Orion, which specializes in finding civilian careers for junior military officers, noncommissioned officers and enlisted technicians, is actively working to help several U.S. companies grab future spots in the coveted top 100.
"We're trying to build new programs within a lot of companies that have not been in play with hiring a lot of veterans in the past," said Mike Starich, president of Orion and a former Marine.
Those include Intel, a tech company that has hired more than 500 veterans this year, and electronics and engineering firm Siemens, which has hired more than 1,000 veterans since 2010… …read more
In April 2011, Siemens Corp. pledged to hire 300 veterans by the end of last year as part of Joining Forces, the initiative started by Michelle Obama and Jill Biden to provide support and opportunities to military service members and their families. It was an ambitious public commitment for Siemens, but the company met the goal-in three months.
By the end of 2011, Siemens had hired more than 630 veterans, and renewed its pledge for 2012. By the end of this year, Siemens will have hired almost 1,000 vets across many of its U.S. …read more
Why organizations need to consider veteran hiring programs.
The unemployment rate has been plaguing the United States workforce since 2008. One of the hardest hit sectors of the population is veterans. The numbers don't paint the prettiest picture. Veterans account for approximately 9.5 percent of the adult U.S. population. The unemployment rate has been hovering around 8 percent, yet for veterans it tops out at 11 percent. It's time to …read more
After 10 years in the Navy, Jimmy Lamz was ready for a change. With a wife and two young children, he didn't want to deploy again. Yet the economy was in shambles and, as a soldier, he had no experience with unemployment. Unlike civilian job-changers, who can wait for the hiring market to improve before leaving their current employers, U.S. Navy personnel are required to indicate nearly a year out that they plan to ask for a discharge.
"Once you say you're going to get out, you're out," Lamz says. "It's a gut-wrenching …read more
In April 2011, Siemens Corporation publicly pledged to fill 10 percent of the company's 3,000 open positions with veterans. In August, it reached that goal, and then someâ€”with reportedly more than 450 veterans having new jobs with Siemens by the end of the year.
The company announced that although it had far exceeded its goal, it planned to further increase its commitment to actively seek and hire from the nation's military by reserving an additional 150 positions for veterans. …read more
At the launch of the White House's Joining Forces initiative in April 2011, Siemens Corporation pledged to fill 10 percent of the company's 3,000 open positions with veterans. Today, at an event with President Obama, it was announced that Siemens exceeded its goal and will increase its commitment to actively seek and hire the best and brightest from the nation's military by reserving an additional 150 positions for veterans. …read more
With 15% growth in 2010 alone, there are few industries experiencing the rapid growth of the wind power industry. In fact, this industry was responsible for 26% of all new electric generating capacity in the United States, according to a recent American Wind Energy Association report. Rapid expansion of this degree requires talented labor that can be hard to find, and many wind energy companies have found veterans to be one solution to this talent shortage. …read more
Nicholas Espe, a Service Specialist with Siemens Industry in Beltsville, MD, and former Naval Nuclear Electrician's Mate, had the privilege to attend the launch event as a representative of Siemens Corporation. When Espe separated from the Navy just a few months ago, he had no idea he'd be visiting the White House on behalf of his new employer just a few months after beginning …read more