Veterans looking for a job and a career, may want to look towards AT&T. Following today’s White House Joining Forces event with Michelle Obama and Jill Biden, AT&T announced it will hire an additional 10,000 veterans by 2020, bringing the company’s total commitment to 20,000. AT&T was recognized today for having one of the largest hiring commitments of the 50+ companies that made a hiring pledge at the event.
More than 13 percent of AT&T new hires self-identify as a veteran and AT&T in 2013 announced it would hire 10,000 veterans by 2018 … but already surpassed this commitment in 2015.
Here in Georgia, where over 21,000 AT&T employees call home; Georgia is third behind only Texas and California with nearly 1,000 veterans already employed with our company.
“Military experience is great preparation for a successful career at AT&T. Veterans’ leadership, integrity and commitment to service make them outstanding employees,” said Randall Stephenson, chairman and chief executive officer, AT&T. “We’re proud to have added 10,000 of these men and women to our team since 2013, and we look forward to hiring another 10,000 by 2020.”
AT&T actively focuses on recruiting veterans into career paths because the experience and skills gained through military service are an invaluable contribution to the workforce.
“It is an honor to have so many men and women who have served in our nation’s Armed Forces working with AT&T in Georgia. We are thankful for their service to our country, and are certainly grateful that they are working as part of AT&T Georgia’s team to meet the modern communications needs of Georgia’s businesses and residents, turning our billions of dollars in investments in the state into the high-speed connections that help to drive our economy and keep our communities connected,” said Bill Leahy, president of AT&T Georgia. “The skills and experience that our veterans possess make them strong assets on our team, and our company benefits tremendously from their presence on our team.”
“While in the service, I often wondered if the self-discipline, teamwork and skills I was gaining would help me find a fulfilling career,” says JoHanna Martinez, military talent attraction manager, AT&T Talent Acquisition, and a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. “15 years later, I now know that those skills have been the foundation to every success in my career. Because those values are part of the AT&T culture too.”
Once veterans are hired, AT&T helps ensure they have the skills needed to grow their career and succeed as an employee in the every-evolving technology landscape. The AT&T veterans’ employee resource group also serves more than 9,000 members and creates an instant community for veterans. This includes mentoring and helping other veterans in their transition process. Thanks to AT&T and thanks to our veterans.