In late April, private sector companies joined forces at Ft Bragg, North Carolina, for one simple mission: to hire transitioning service members.
More than 165 service members located at bases throughout North Carolina attended the very personalized, 2-day career transition event -- led by Orion International -- that included in-depth interview preparation and coaching, resume and presentation guides, presentations on career opportunities given by the employers who attended, and then at least 2-3 individual one-on-one interviews per service members with actual hiring managers from the employer organizations.
More than 100 service members who interviewed at the event are already moving forward to final interview/job offer stage with an employer.
Among these companies was Intel – who recognized talent when they saw it and have already hired 13 veterans from the Ft Bragg event. Marine Corps Sergeant Levi Studer landed one of the jobs at Intel. “I’m leaving the Marine Corps very soon and the stress of finding a job was overwhelming to say the least… but I have used the skills I gained from military service to land my dream job with Intel. I’ve heard that companies such as Intel want to hire former military for our work ethic and technical skills and the Joining Forces event proved it to me.”
Hiring America’s veterans isn’t just about being patriotic, it’s a smart business decision. “Military hiring is a part of Intel’s strategic recruitment efforts. We consider veterans highly attractive candidates and a good fit for Intel culture. Since the start of the year, Intel has hired over 200 United States veterans. We are excited about our continued teaming effort with Joining Forces and were absolutely impressed by the candidates who participated in the Ft. Bragg event,” said Stephanie Clergé, a manager within the Intel Corporation.
All told, it was a great couple days in Ft Bragg. Participating employers -- Siemens, PNC Bank, Honeywell, Layne Christiansen, Kellogg’s, CRTS, Intel, Bridgestone-Firestone, Grifols, Aramark, Elavon and Contrack International -- are expected to hire more than 75 service members from this event, alone.
Looking forward: Orion International will team with Joining Forces and host the next military hiring event in Baltimore, Maryland, on 21 and 22 May.