Two Initiatives are Making Life a Little Better for Job-seeking Veterans

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The 100,000 Jobs Mission, which began with 11 companies and has grown into a coalition of 41 firms committed to hiring at least 100,000 veterans by 2020, has given jobs to 12,179 veterans as of March 31, 2012. This number is up from 6,606 veterans hired through the end of 2011.

At the same time, Jobless Warrior, a new online career enhancing service for veterans, announced its official nationwide launch. Veterans can visit to request free resume help, connect with a career coach, join a job networking group and more.

Jobless Warrior is a free service that matches military veterans with career enhancement professionals such as coaches, resume writers, job networking groups and others who have the skills, knowledge and resources to assist them in navigating today's difficult job search market. The program aims to assist today's military hero in launching a new, successful career with private industry organizations.

Momentum keeps building for the 100,000 jobs mission

“The momentum keeps building for this mission to find our nation’s veterans great jobs when they return home,” said Frank Bisignano, Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Executive Officer of Mortgage Banking at JPMorgan Chase & Co., a founding member of the 100,000 Jobs Mission. “To think of what this group has accomplished by working together is remarkable. We nearly doubled hiring in three months, and we hope to double it again in the next three months.”

The 100,000 Jobs Mission members are committed to hiring veterans, reporting results and sharing best practices on recruiting, hiring, training, assimilating and retaining veterans. The 100,000 Jobs Mission is focused on expanding the coalition with other companies committed to providing employment opportunities for transitioning military members and veterans.

Jobless warriors provide one-on-one career coaching

"The unique aspect of Jobless Warrior," according to founder JR Rodrigues, "is that we not only show our veterans that the jobs are out there, but we connect them with career professionals for one-on-one coaching and support so they can obtain these jobs. Everyone needs a solid career search strategy, and people often pay large sums of money for career search services. Jobless Warrior is proud to offer these professional services to our heroes for free."

Jobless Warrior has more than 100 volunteer career professionals registered to provide pro bono, job preparation services to veterans. These providers will help veterans to decode and translate their military skills, experience and training into terms easily understood by the civilian employer, a winning situation for both the veterans and the employer who gains a top-notch, valuable veteran employee for their team.

Members of the 100,000 Jobs Mission

The 100,000 Jobs mission now includes the following firms: 7-Eleven, ACADEMI, Alelo, Anheuser-Busch, AT&T, Avis Budget Group, Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc., Cisco Systems Inc., Concurrent Technologies Corporation (CTC), Cushman & Wakefield Inc., Delta Air Lines, The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation, EMC Corporation, Enterprise Holdings, Ernst & Young LLP, Fidelis, Frontier Communications, IBM, Iron Mountain Incorporated, Johnson Controls, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Lockheed Martin, ManTech International Corporation, Merck, Modis, NCR Corporation, Orbis, Inc., Pitney Bowes, Ports America, Securitas Security Services USA, Inc., Swift Transportation, T&M Protection Resources, LLC, Target, Time Warner, Total System Services, Inc. (TSYS), Toys"R"Us, Inc., Tyco International, United Health Group, Universal Health Services, Inc., Verizon Communications Inc. and WellPoint, Inc.