Verizon’s priorities for veteran hires

| November 10, 2015

By Patrick Lewis

Verizon topped the list of the Military Times’ Best for Vets: Employers 2015 rankings in large part for understanding how hiring veterans brings immeasurable assets to our company.

Veterans boost bottom lines and bring skills and talent we need in Indiana. As a result, Verizon has invested in staff and programs to make our company a favorite vet-friendly workplace, primarily by utilizing key initiatives and an inviting corporate culture.

After documenting how successful our existing veteran employees were, we increased our number of veteran hires by 90 percent from 2013 to 2014 while boosting recruiting efforts.

Some of these efforts include specialized programs for military retirees.

We also offer support and flexibility to Indiana National Guard members so they can balance their schedules while advancing their careers. A separating service member does not have to be in the country to be recruited by Verizon because we have virtual platforms to connect with overseas military talent.

Most important: Verizon has employees who are tasked to help transition veterans from military jobs to their new civilian positions. A Military Skill Matcher can help determine which Verizon career best aligns with the individual’s military experience and training.

One of our Indiana Verizon veterans is Edward Johnson, who is a retail solutions manager for Verizon. After serving active duty in the Navy as a sonar technician, he knows how the skills translate well to a large company with diverse career options. He’s also taking advantage of the $8,000 in college assistance for full-time employees by pursuing a business management degree.

Armed with an accelerated learning curve, as well as applicable skills and abilities, military veterans like Johnson are continuously proving their worth to their employers in Indiana and across the country. He also volunteers for Verizon job fairs so that veterans know the value of his transition from military to the private sector.

As for the other companies ranked “Best for Vets” by the Military Times, Verizon joins USAA, Lockheed Martin, BAE Systems and Charles Schwab Corp. Companies were ranked by a comprehensive survey that covered company policies and organizational culture related to veterans, reservists and their families.

Our commitment doesn’t stop at the doors of our company. Verizon also serves as an advocate for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Veteran Employment Advisory Council  to help create best corporate hiring practices in the nation for veterans.

Verizon values our nation’s veterans every day of the year. We encourage other Hoosier companies to do the same and find the time to reach out to vets.

For more information, Verizon’s military recruiters will be online to answer questions & share job-seeking tips on 11/16 at 3 p.m. EST. Use #VerizonMilitaryChat.

For more information on Verizon’s options for military veteran careers, visit: http://www.verizon.com/about/careers/we-salute-you.

Patrick Lewis is director of retail sales for Verizon in Indiana. He has been with Verizon 20 years and is responsible for retail locations in Indiana, Michigan and Kentucky.

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