One year ago, Dr. John Holcomb and Dr. Red Duke approached the Texas Medical Center of Houston about reaching out to veterans for employment, and now their efforts have reached fruition with the Hiring: Red,White, and You! program. The Houston Chronicle reports that dozens of institutions have joined the initiative and over one thousand veterans have been hired into the TMC health-care community. Dr. Holcomb said that many veterans ”find it hard to assimilate into the civilian job market. What makes a great employee is embodied in our returning vets – understanding being punctual, getting the job done, performance under fire and working in a system.”
If the numbers don’t speak for themselves, most professionals within the TMC community have glowing things to say about veterans returning to the civilian workplace. Rob Kitto, system director of talent acquisition for Memorial Hermann Healthcare System and U.S. Air Force veteran said, “”These are people who have given so much to their country and community. It’s the least we can do – help them transition into the workplace.” Brian Wilson, veteran recruiter and EEO specialist for The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston said, “Most military personnel have been to college, with six to eight years of experience,” Wilson said. “You are getting a mature candidate with leadership experience and training. Compared to a recent graduate, the military vet does stand out.”
The Texas Medical Center consistently has about 1,000 jobs to fill at any given time, so there’s plenty of opportunity for veterans to snap up a position. Although working in the health-care industry may seem limiting, there are a wide range of positions available: physicians, researchers, logistics specialists, food service, technicians, blood banks, and more. If you’d like to search for jobs in the health-care industry, check out Military.com’s job search engine.