Wall Street Journal – The 100,000 Jobs Mission announced today that its member companies have collectively hired 64,628 U.S. military veterans through the first quarter of 2013.
This private sector initiative was launched in early 2011 by JPMorgan Chase and ten other companies with the goal to collectively hire at least 100,000 veterans by 2020. In two years, the 100,000 Jobs Mission has grown to 101 companies and has evolved into a sustainable initiative to hire veterans and share best practices.
As part of their hiring initiatives, JPMorgan Chase and the 100,000 Jobs Mission sponsored a major hiring event last week in Dallas for more than 2,100 U.S. military veterans, transitioning service members, Guard and Reserve members and military spouses. More than 125 employers attended the event representing diverse industries from technology, energy and retail to financial services, defense and telecommunications.
The hiring event model used by the 100,000 Jobs Mission differs from a traditional job fair in that hiring managers are on site to interview candidates and make contingent job offers on the spot. And that was true for the Dallas hiring event where more than 980 interviews were conducted and more than 100 contingent offers were made that day — and more are expected in the coming weeks.
“We have a singular purpose here today — to connect the talented group of people who are here looking for jobs with those companies who have jobs available,” said Anne Motsenbocker, President of Chase in the Dallas region, during her remarks that opened the Dallas hiring event. “Our military veterans make excellent employees and they add tremendous value to any business. If history tells us anything, our service members and veterans are the next greatest generation of leaders.”
In other news, Military Times EDGE has recognized the efforts of fifteen 100,000 Jobs Mission companies by listing them as “Best for Vets 2013: Employers.” The annual list examines companies’ recruiting and hiring practices and policies for members of the Guard and Reserve. According to Military Times EDGE, “We looked for companies that didn’t just talk about how much they support the military but had in place tangible policies and programs to help veterans get in the door and feel welcome once inside.”
“We are honored to join such well respected companies in this collective effort to help our nation’s veterans,” said John Campagnino, managing director, global talent acquisition for Accenture. “Helping military veterans build careers — at Accenture and elsewhere — is a priority for us and by working together we can better help them move from deployment to employment. That’s why we joined the 100,000 Jobs Mission.”
About the 100,000 Jobs Mission: Launched in 2011, the 100,000 Jobs Mission is a coalition of 101 companies committed to hiring at least 100,000 U.S. military veterans by 2020. The coalition’s companies have collectively hired 64,628 veterans in two years. For more information on the 100,000 Jobs Mission, visit 100000jobsmission.com.