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August/September 2013

Diversity/Careers August/September 2013

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Aetna launches career microsite for veterans

Hartford, CT – Aetna is reaching out to military veterans to make it easier for them to find positions with the company.

Aetna recently launched a career microsite, aetna-veterans.jobs, dedicated to helping military veterans transition into the civilian workforce. The site has dedicated search engine optimization for veterans, and includes a military translator, a “crosswalk” job tool that matches military occupational codes with open jobs on the site that require transferable skills.

Loren Jenkins, Aetna diversity recruiting lead, notes that the site gives the company “the opportunity to gain a greater reach out to the veteran community. We can provide them with the resources and tools to learn about Aetna and get them excited about a career here. Aetna has some of the best employment-related policies and programs that support veterans, and National Guard and Reserve members and their families, like leave and pay policies that go beyond the legal requirements, an employee resource group for veterans, and philanthropic activities.”

A number of the jobs listed on the site are tech-focused: project managers, business analysts, application developers, IT architects, IT security advisors, IT engineering team leads, quality assurance analysts and web engineers.

Aetna recruiters also participate in Veteran Recruiting Services’ virtual career fairs at verteransrecruiting.com.

“Aetna is about more than just doing a job,” Jenkins says. “We have an opportunity to re-shape healthcare for America and across the globe. We are developing solutions to improve the quality and affordability of healthcare. What we do will benefit generations to come.

“At Aetna we care about each other and our customers. We are inspired to make a difference, and we are committed to integrity and excellence. Together we’ll empower people to live healthier lives. Helping people live healthier lives is something worth fighting for.”

Aetna provides health care, dental, pharmacy, group life and disability insurance, and employee benefits.

DynCorp International earns Champions of Veteran Enterprise award

Falls Church, VA – DynCorp International has earned a 2013 Champions of Veteran Enterprise award from the National Veteran Small Business Coalition (NVSBC) for the second consecutive year. The award was presented at the VETS2013 Awards Luncheon in June in Reno, NV.

DynCorp is a global government services provider that delivers support solutions for defense, diplomacy and international development.

The award recognizes federal agencies and prime contractors that meet or exceed the 3 percent goal of providing opportunities to veteran-owned small businesses (VOSBs) and service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses (SDVOSBs). DynCorp significantly exceeded those targets, with 21.1 percent VOSB and 6.1 percent SDVOSB suppliers.

“Veteran-owned and service-disabled small businesses play an integral role in our global supply chain,” said Steve Gaffney, chairman and chief executive officer of DynCorp. “Their unique experiences with and understanding of many of our customers’ needs help our business succeed.”

See nvsbc.com for more info.

Hershey supports returning veterans with a BRG

Hershey, PA – A team of Hershey Company employees launched the Hershey veterans’ business resource group (BRG) in 2012. The group supports veterans in the company, offering help to veterans transitioning to the civilian workforce and promoting communication and collaboration among veteran employees.

The initiative complements the company’s military talent program, launched in 2011. In 2011, Hershey increased the number of veterans hired by more than 50 percent compared with 2010.

“Seeking skilled veterans is the right thing to do for those who have served their country, and offers a great source of talent for our company,” said Kevin Walling, SVP and chief human resources officer. “Veterans, with their backgrounds in highly complex situations, their experience with high-tech equipment and their ability to manage people and processes, will bring tremendous value to a range of available positions at Hershey.”

The year-old veterans’ BRG now supports more than 500 veteran employees at Hershey, many of whom have taken leadership roles in the group. It joins the African American BRG, the Hispanic BRG, the women’s BRG, the Prism LGBT BRG, the Asian American BRG, and the Network of Young Professionals at the company.

Hershey continues to support U.S. troops serving domestically and overseas. Support includes a product donation program, in which the company sends a variety of Hershey products to men and women serving in the military. During the past ten years, Hershey has sent care packages to the troops consisting of more than 4,500 cases of product, with a value of nearly $500,000.

Hershey also provides financial support to military organizations such as the United Services Organization (USO) and military-affiliated organizations like the Wounded Warrior Project, the Yellow Ribbon Fund and other related programs.

Hershey is the largest producer of chocolate in North America, and offers confectionary products under more than twenty-five brand names.

JPMorgan Chase receives 2013 Work Life Legacy Military award

New York, NY – JPMorgan Chase & Co, a global financial services firm with assets of $2.4 trillion and operations worldwide, has received the 2013 Work Life Legacy Military award from the Families and Work Institute (familiesandwork.org) for the second consecutive year. The award recognizes the company for its support of transitioning service members, veterans and their families.

“The Work Life Legacy award was created to address a critical economic and societal need. Approximately 1,000 service men and women transition out of the military every day, and only 100 are getting jobs each day. The purpose of this award is to increase these numbers by highlighting best practices in hiring and supporting veterans and their families. Congratulations to JPMorgan Chase for being among the four best-in-class winners,” said Ellen Galinsky, president of the Families and Work Institute.

Within its own ranks, JPMorgan Chase has hired more than 5,500 veterans since 2011. The company’s approach includes a centralized military recruiting team and innovative internal training programs to bridge the knowledge gap between military and civilian cultures. “Military 101” is a training program for hiring managers and recruiters to educate them about the unique training and experience that service members gain through military service. “Body Armor to Business Suits” is for veteran employees, and helps them assimilate into corporate culture and make their transition into the company as smooth as possible.

“Our nation has been at war for almost twelve years, and almost three million brave men and women volunteered to serve,” said Maureen Casey, managing director of military and veterans affairs at JPMorgan Chase, at the Families and Work Institute award ceremony on June 3. “We are committed to our mission of hiring transitioning service members, veterans and military spouses, and positioning them for long-term success.”

JPMorgan Chase is a founding member of the 100,000 Jobs Mission, a coalition of 102 companies committed to hiring veterans and sharing best practices. The 100,000 Jobs Mission companies have collectively hired 64,628 veterans through the first quarter of 2013.

Through a partnership with Syracuse University, the firm also co-founded the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF), the first national center in higher education focused on the social, economic, education and policy issues impacting veterans and their families. In addition to publicizing leading practices on veteran employment, IVMF offers educational programs for transitioning veterans and families, including the tuition-free veterans career transition program and entrepreneurship boot camp for veterans with disabilities.

For more info about JPMorgan Chase’s military and veteran programs, go to chasemilitary.com.

CSC commits to hiring 2,000 wounded warriors and military spouses by May 2014

Falls Church, VA – This May, Mike Lawrie, president and CEO of CSC, made a commitment to First Lady Michelle Obama to hire 2,000 wounded warriors and military spouses over the next twelve months, as part of the Joining Forces challenge (www.whitehouse.gov/joiningforces).

On April 30, Obama announced that the Joining Forces program had generated pledges from businesses to hire or train 430,000 veterans over the next five years. Since August 2011, participating companies have hired or trained 290,000 veterans and military spouses under the Joining Forces program. CSC signed the challenge in 2011.

CSC develops smart, technology-enabled solutions for its clients. It employs 90,000 professionals to serve its customers in over seventy countries. U.S. military veterans and military spouses make up more than 25 percent of CSC’s North American public sector U.S. workforce.

CSC launched its military program in 2003 in partnership with the national Military Spouse Employment Partnership (msepjobs.militaryonesource.mil). The CSC program has expanded to include assistance for veterans, military spouses, wounded warriors and wounded warrior caregivers. The CSC military program team’s mission is to assist these constituents during their transition to civilian life and help them realize their professional aspirations.

The program attracts and retains veteran and military spouse talent through its veteran community outreach, networking and employment opportunities, and collaborative partnerships with other industry leaders, civilian organizations, government agencies and nonprofit organizations with the same mission.

“As a retired veteran myself, it’s a pleasure to serve other veterans during their transitions, particularly in an uncertain job market,” said Thomas Jones, CSC military programs manager. “I’m proud that CSC honors our military with dedicated programs and makes them a top priority.” CSC provides career portability assistance for CSC military-affiliated employees whenever possible. The company has developed a dedicated landing page, www.csc.com/salutes, for military- affiliated job seekers to learn about CSC’s programs for veterans.


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