Attention servicemembers coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan: GE is looking for you. The company currently employs 11,000 veterans (that’s one employee for every fourteen) and it wants more. According to the GE Reports website, the company is participating in over 100 career fairs this year hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Student Veterans of America, focusing on getting veterans back to work. “We’re expecting an influx of troops coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan, and they need jobs,” said Kris Urbauer, who was in the Army for ten years as an engineer officer and is now program manager for GE’s veterans’ initiatives.
In addition to attending career fairs, GE is participating in the following programs aimed at helping vets bridge the military and civilian worlds:
- The Junior Officer Leadership Program provides junior officers a unique opportunity to work in three eight-month rotations with different GE businesses, with classroom instruction supplementing on the job training.
- In 2009, GE signed an agreement with the U.S. Army Reserve to guarantee priority consideration for job interviews for qualified participating soldiers no later than 30 days after completing military occupational specialty training.
- GE is a founding member of American Corporate Partners, which offers mentoring and networking opportunities for transitioning veterans.
For more on GE’s veteran employment programs, visit the GE website.