Edmonds Military Wire: Looking for a job? Companies are hiring veterans

By Michael Schindler

If you are a veteran, your chances of getting hired may be improving, according to JP Morgan Chase.

Chase, which along with 10 other companies formed the 100,000 Jobs Mission, states that  “76 companies in the 100,000 Jobs Mission have hired 28,186 veterans through the third quarter of 2012. This number is up nearly 10,000 from the 18,249 veterans hired through June 30, 2012.”

This news is good. Especially since several weeks ago I reported that fewer members of the Business Roundtable plan to hire. In June of this year, 36 percent of those CEOs thought they would hire. In early 2011, 52 percent of the CEOs said they planned to increase their hiring. Now, in October of 2012, that number is only 29 percent.

I don’t have a breakout of the Roundtable guys who are part of the 100,000 Jobs Mission initiative, but I think it’s safe for me to assume some are part of both and that our veterans are getting acknowledged – and some hired – despite a precarious economy.

“The 100,000 Jobs Mission is really gaining momentum,” said Eddie Dunn, an Army combat veteran and an executive on the Military and Veterans Affairs team at JP Morgan Chase. “The United States has the best military in the world — and the companies in our coalition are fortunate to have already hired over 28,000 veterans through our initiative.”

Over the next four to five years, we can expect some 1 million service members to transition out of the military and be active participants in the job pool and our communities. The question for our communities and employers: Are you ready?

Employers, if you are looking to hire an exceptional workforce, you can join the 100,000 Jobs Mission as long as you commit to hire transitioning service members and veterans, report hiring numbers and share best practices — and there is no fee.

If you are looking for a job, check out the companies that are a part of the Mission. Whether you are an employer or a job seeker, visit 100000jobsmission.com. You can see the companies already involved here.

Bottom line: Network, Network, Network. If you are a job seeker, target those companies that are part of the 100,000 Jobs Mission. In order for them to accomplish their mission, they need to help you accomplish yours, which is to be gainfully employed.

Michael Schindler, Navy veteran, and president of Edmonds-based Operation Military Family, is a guest writer for several national publications, author of the book “Operation Military Family” and “The Military Wire” blog. He is also a popular keynote and workshop speaker who reaches thousands of service members and their families every year through workshops and seminars that include  “How to Battle-Ready Your Relationship” or “What Your Mother-in-Law Didn’t Tell You.”  He received the 2010 Outstanding Patriotic Service Award from the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs.

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