For nearly 100 years, AT&T has remained dedicated to supporting active military personnel, veterans and their families. Our nation’s service men and women make sacrifices to protect our country and our freedoms, and, as a company, we see it as an honor to support them both at home and abroad. Moreover, military veterans possess the skills we need to succeed as a company and are an invaluable part of our workforce.
Recruiting and Hiring Military Veterans
At AT&T, we’ve integrated veteran recruitment into our business practices for years. We focus on recruiting veterans not only because it’s the right thing to do, but also because it’s good for our business.
Military Talent Attraction
In the past few years, we have enhanced our military recruitment programs by increasing our promotion of AT&T as an employer of choice within the veteran community, dedicating a Military Talent Attraction Program Manager to inform the military about AT&T and educating AT&T managers about the military.
Online Tools and Resources
We understand that the job search and application process at large companies can be challenging for anyone — and even more so for transitioning veterans who are entering a new world with a new set of jargon. Therefore, we created online tools, resources and checkpoints to optimize success through our recruitment process, such as:
A Military Skills Translator Tool that allows veterans to use their current Military Occupation Code or Military Occupation Specialty to identify civilian jobs at AT&T that may be a good fit for them: www.att.jobs/MOS.
The AT&T’s Careers for Veterans program, which provides veterans with the opportunity to participate in online career video chat sessions or to connect directly with one of hundreds of AT&T veteran employee volunteers at: http://veterans.att.jobs.
A career page for military spouses highlighting the myriad work locations at AT&T and jobs that are portable and/or virtual: www.att.jobs/milspouse.
100,000 Jobs Mission
AT&T is a founding member of the 100,000 Jobs Mission, launched in 2011 by JPMorgan Chase and 10 other companies. The coalition has grown to 121 companies committed to hiring at least 100,000 veterans by 2020. The coalition’s companies have collectively hired 92,869 veterans through the third quarter of 2013.
AT&T also led an initiative with JPMorgan Chase and the 100,000 Jobs Mission to launch a mobile optimized veteran talent exchange portal in 2013. The exchange helps military and veteran job candidates opt into a talent-sharing database, which facilitates the sharing and referral of veteran candidates among the members of 100,000 Jobs Mission companies who elect to participate. If one company is not able to find a fit for veteran job seekers at a particular time, they can now refer them to opt-in to the Veteran Talent Exchange so they can be considered by other military-friendly employers within the 100,000 Jobs Mission. Transitioning service members, veterans and their families can opt-in to the Veteran Talent Exchange (VTX) at www.vtx.jobs.
Stepping up our Hiring Commitment
Additionally, in April 2013 AT&T announced that is stepping up its veteran recruiting efforts with the goal of hiring 5,000 veterans and their family members into career opportunities over the next five years, consistent with its commitment to equal employment opportunities. In November of 2013, AT&T doubled that five year commitment to 10,000. In 2013, AT&T hired nearly five times as many veterans as compared to 2012.
Support for AT&T Employee Veterans
We offer peace of mind for our military employees who are called to serve our country by providing them differential pay and other benefits for their families while they are deployed. We also guarantee them a job when they return. This position is guaranteed to be at the same level or above the job they held prior to deployment.
Veteran Employee Resource Group
AT&T’s Veteran Employee Resource Group (ERG) is more than 30 years old and serves more than 7,000 members. This group creates an instant community for veterans joining the company and involves them in outreach, philanthropy and volunteerism opportunities – including ways to refer fellow veterans for jobs at AT&T. AT&T veterans serve as Career Ambassadors and represent AT&T at veteran career events and through our Careers for Veterans Job Search Advisor program.
Our ERG members take advantage of multiple opportunities to interact with senior AT&T leaders and make connections across business units and functional areas.
Awards and Recognitions
AT&T has been recognized as one of the 10 Best Corporations for Veteran-Owned Businesses by Vetrepreneur Magazine four years in a row.
G.I. Jobs Magazine has recognized AT&T as one of the Top 50 Most Military-Friendly Employers for the past eight years.
In 2013, G.I. Jobs Magazine recognized AT&T for the first time as a Top 25 Military Spouse Friendly Employer.
Military Times, a Gannett publication, has ranked AT&T #12 on its EDGE list of companies that are Best for Vets.
Electronic Recruiting Exchange awarded AT&T the Best Military Talent Program in 2012.
In 2013, the Direct Employers Association recognized AT&T for excellence and compliance in their military talent attraction programs.
Supporting Veterans and Military Families
A long-standing mission of AT&T is to connect members of our nation’s military with their loved ones back home. Initiated in 2004 and expanded through financial support from AT&T, Cell Phones for Soldiers is a non-profit that uses funds from recycled cell phones to buy prepaid phone cards for our service men and women, helping them connect with their families.
Cell Phones for Soldiers
Over the past two years, AT&T has proudly supported Cell Phones for Soldiers’ new “Helping Heroes Home” initiative, a program designed to provide emergency funds for returning veterans to alleviate communication challenges as well as physical, emotional and assimilation hardships.
We supported this expanded mission through financial commitments, as well as through a new campaign on our Causes.com community, Connect For Good.
Wounded Warrior Project
In advance of July 4th 2013, we launched a Hiring Veterans campaign on Causes.com. This campaign encouraged people to share veterans’ job resources through various social media outlets to generate a donation from AT&T to Wounded Warrior Project. With the participation of nearly 70,000 people, we met our goal of raising up to $100,000 for Wounded Warrior in just one month – a new record for our community.
Collaborating with Military Family Organizations
AT&T also has relationships with Student Veterans of America, Military Spouse Employment Partnership, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs and state veterans’ agencies and commissions. We also support the Military Child Education Coalition, which provides assistance to military-connected students who are transitioning from one school or community to another.
It’s Great Day to Love a Veteran
On Veterans Day 2012, AT&T launched the “Love a Vet” campaign and began accepting video messages from employees and customers to veterans serving in our nation’s armed forces. These video messages can be viewed on our Love a Veteran YouTube playlist and are shared with veterans and active duty military personnel around the world.
In 2012, the second class of participants graduated from AT&T Supplier Diversity’s Operation Hand Salute protégé program. This groundbreaking national mentoring program helps veteran CEOs with service disabilities improve their business operations and enhance their ability to win corporate contracts. Over the course of 12 months, CEOs participate in mentorships, a 10-week entrepreneur program via AT&T TelePresence Solution® and AT&T Matchmaker events including “Fast Pitch” sessions with a panel of experienced CEOs and AT&T executives. CEOs also have the opportunity to present their business’s core competencies to AT&T procurement decision makers and AT&T suppliers.
Our employees and retirees are also committed to supporting our troops. In 2012, hundreds of them participated in the AT&T Pioneers, one of the largest industry-sponsored support volunteer organizations in the country, to collect cell phones for recycling, prepare and send thousands of care packages to troops serving overseas, greet soldiers at airports and host various other events nationwide to recognize the sacrifice of military members and their families.