Thursday, April 03, 2014

Amtrak recruiting focusing on veterans

Written by  William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief
Amtrak recruiting focusing on veterans Amtrak
Thousands of military veterans are returning to civilian life, and Amtrak is actively recruiting them “to bring their leadership, strong work ethic, and high-tech skills to America's Railroad®,” said President and CEO and Vietnam veteran Joe Boardman following a tour of the National World War II Museum in New Orleans.

Boatrdman MilitaryVeterans’ “ability to adapt to a dynamic environment, dedication to and focus on safety, and experience gained while on military duty is valued by Amtrak and directly contributes to meeting our company goals,” said Boardman. “With more veterans joining our ranks, our passengers can count on Amtrak to serve them with pride and a sense of service that honors all who have come before us.”

In 2013, Amtrak launched a veterans hiring initiative with the goal that 25% of all new hires be veterans by 2015. To meet this goal, Amtrak plans to participate in nearly 100 military hiring events and is partnering with recruiting groups that focus on veteran hiring, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Hiring our Heroes, the Wounded Warrior Project, RecruitMilitary, and Army PaYS. Since the program began, more than 19% of all new Amtrak hires have been veterans.

“Amtrak is a military friendly employer and has a long history of providing career opportunities to veterans and active military members,” Boardman said. “Our team of dedicated recruiting professionals will work with returning veterans to understand their military skills, experience, and training to find Amtrak career opportunities that best align with their capabilities.”