Finding employment for veterans can be difficult – between difficult transitions, a floundering job market, and social stigmas, there are potent forces working against veterans securing jobs. To help fix that, the VetFriendly 50,000 Jobs Challenge was started with one goal: get leading companies to hire veterans and military spouses. In support of the White House Joining Forces Initiative, 34,000 positions have already been filled. The HuffingtonPost reports that 32 companies have banded together to make that happen:
AECOM, Aetna, Airgas, Ally, Ball Corporation, Citi, Comerica Bank, Convergys, CVS Caremark, Duke Energy, Engility Corporation, Enterprise Holdings, Exelon, Graybar, Horizon Coach Lines, Hormel Foods, Nash Finch, Office Depot, Penske, Pfizer, Philips, Safeway, Sears Holdings, Spectra Energy, Staples, TeleTech, U.S Treasury, United Health Group, Verizon, Waste Management, Western & Southern Life, and Xerox.
Veteran Recruiting, the organization initiating the challenge, has been around for roughly two years and has already hired over 34,00 individuals. Since the launch of the new program in May, that number has jumped up by 7,000.
Veterans interested in the virtual career fairs can find more information here.
Employers interested in taking on the challenge can find the proper information here.
For a comprehensive list of all the veteran career fairs out there, visit the Upcoming Job Fairs page.