Intel has hired nearly 400 veterans in Arizona since the first of the year, and the company’s recruiter said it makes good business sense.
“The veterans we’re hiring absolutely meet critical skills we require,” said Robert Polston, director of veterans recruiting at Intel, a full-time employee since 2004 and a captain in the Arizona Army National Guard.
“It’s the right thing to do … but it’s more than a P.R. thing or a goodwill thing,” he said.
Polston returned in June from a seven-month stint in Kandahar Province in Afghanistan, where he worked as a logistics officer.
Veterans often take technical jobs in Intel’s fabrication plants because they possess technical backgrounds gained in the military.
They have other crucial job skills, Polston said, including discipline, a strong work ethic, adaptability and flexibility.
The hiring has been so rewarding that Intel is in the process of setting up a formal program…
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On Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released Veteran unemployment data for the month of March. The unemployment rate for one closely watched group, Iraq and Afghanistan-era Veterans (or Gulf War II-era Veterans), was 10.3 percent. While this reflects a higher number than in February, the trend over the past 27 months—since January 2010—remains downward …Continue reading »
U.S. | 2011 Employment Situation of Veterans : Unemployment Rate drops to 8.3 % (from 8.7 % in 2010)
The unemployment rate for veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces at any time since September 2001–a group referred to as Gulf War-era II veterans–was 12.1 percent in 2011, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. The jobless rate for all veterans was 8.3 percent. Twenty-six percent of Gulf War-era … Continue reading »
Veterans and service members just separating from active duty who can’t find a job could qualify for unemployment compensation. The transition back into civilian life is not easy, that’s why the Unemployment Compensation for Ex-Service members program (UCX) is there to help out on the financial front when those who serve separate from the military and … Continue reading »
In Sacramento, a number of veterans groups and state and local employment agencies work to make local employers aware of job-ready veterans. Here are a few: • Sacramento Area Human Resource Association (www.sahra.org). • Sacramento Veterans Resource Center (www.vietvets.org/svrc.htm). • Employment Development Department (www.edd.ca.gov). • California Department of Veterans Affairs (www.cdva.ca.gov). • Sacramento Employment and … Continue reading »