7 Companies That Hire Veterans (A Lot)
Finding your place in the professional world after leaving the military is a daunting task to consider, let alone complete. Depending on what point of the transition you’re at, you may know exactly what you want to do and where you want to do it. Or you may be at an utter loss for what to do next. Or somewhere in the wide gulf in between. But, wherever you are on your path to a civilian career, you may want to consider the following tip-top companies that really love to hire veterans.
Seeing as they created that much-talked about MOS-based job finder embedded into their search engine, it’s no surprise Google also has a program dedicated to hiring veterans. Called VetNet, it’s an internal network aimed at making their company a perfect place for members of the military community and their families to work. And with a wide array of positions at the tech giant all over the world, it’s a great place to find your next calling.
As the second largest pharmacy chain in the United States, Walgreens needs a whole lot of employees to staff its many, many stores from coast to coast. But what you may not know is just how many of those people are veterans and how hard the company works to have it that way. They even have a program, Helping Veterans with Educational and Retail Opportunities (or HERO for short), set up for employing veterans while they pursue a full-time bachelors degree.
They already employ roughly 35,000 veterans, but that’s my no means the limit as far as this famed home and tool chain is concerned. They’re always looking to hire more vets and even have a handy military skills translator to give you a good idea of how the skills you worked so hard to hone in uniform might directly apply to any number of their open positions. They’re also big on donating to veteran charities and service organizations, so it’s all in all a good place to work.
A lot of big companies have pledged to hire X number of veterans in recent years, but this corporate juggernaut is one of the select ones that included a pledge to hire military family members as well. From the tech side to the warehouse side, there are a whole lot of spots across Amazon’s business that they would love to fill with a military veteran, spouse, or dependent. And they even have a few jobs specifically listed for those getting a degree on the GI Bill so you can earn a decent buck while pursuing some higher education.
With decades of ties to the military and aerospace industries, it’s no wonder that a place like Boeing has a massive number of veterans working for them. Over 20,000, in fact, which accounts for roughly 15% of the company’s entire workforce. And that’s on top of the hundreds of millions of dollars they pay to veteran-owned subcontractors. So not only is it a great place for vets to work, it’s a company that does great things for veteran businesses.
One of the renowned Big Four, the four largest professional service organizations in the whole world, PricewaterhouseCoopers has an award-winning veteran hiring initiative. With tons of positions, from entry level on up, in specialities from tech to taxes, there’s no shortage of opportunities here. And as the fifth largest company in the United States, one that offers services to over 400 of the Fortune 500, chances are you’ll find it as challenging a place to work as it is a rewarding one.
A leading provider of every kind of communication in the modern world, Verizon loves to hire veterans. Moreover, they want to make it as easy as possible for veterans to get hired by them. They offer a military skills translator and a resume builder (for those unfamiliar with writing a civilian resume) to anyone curious about starting a career there. They also maintain networks of interested veterans and spouses, so even if you (or a loved one) are not quite ready to start a civilian job just yet, you can stay up-to-date and be ready to apply when the time is right and that perfect position opens up.
Find the Job That’s Right For You
We understand that none of these may sound like exactly what you want to do with your life. Or maybe they all sound awesome and you can’t decide which one to take a crack at first. Highlighting them here was merely meant to show you some of the options available to a veteran on the hunt for their next career.
This is by no means a comprehensive list of hiring initiatives aimed at giving veterans jobs. And, it goes without saying, pretty much every business without such a program is still going to see your military experience as an asset when considering you for a position. The key is finding the right place for you and, if this short list helps with that, all the better.