Comcast and NBCUniversal have long recognized that veteran hires bring exceptional strengths to our business. We actively recruit prospective employees with military backgrounds, and we provide an array of networking and professional development resources to help them succeed.
As a Commander in his 14th year with the U.S. Navy Reserve, Will has personally experienced the value we place on employing veterans, active-duty military, and reservists.
"I appreciate how much Comcast has enabled me to succeed in both careers," he says. "We have well-established leave policies, offer extended benefits, match the differential between civilian and military pay, and hold positions for those deployed. Our company is a true leader in this area."
Comcast and NBCUniversal deepened this commitment in 2012 by becoming corporate sponsors of Hiring Our Heroes (HOH), a U.S. Chamber of Commerce campaign that helps veterans and military spouses find meaningful employment. We hired our thousandth veteran through the program in March 2013 — two years ahead of schedule — and have recommitted to bring aboard another 1,000 by 2015.
Beyond our ongoing efforts to attract and develop veterans within Comcast and NBCUniversal, we support a range of programs and initiatives aimed at expanding employment opportunities for veterans in all sectors of the workforce.
Along with participating in local HOH-sponsored job fairs around the country, we’ve launched a jobs and education resource portal for veterans and their families. This online hub features up-to-date tools and information to help smooth the transition from military service to civilian life. NBC Publishing has also released a free e-book and guide for veterans, Heroes Get Hired: How to Use Your Military Experience to Master the Interview, available at www.heroesgethired.com. The e-book highlights specific strengths and competitive advantages that veterans bring to the civilian workforce, and it provides advice on how to communicate these qualities to a recruiter or potential employer.
Job opportunities are just a part of our support for veterans and reservists. Comcast and NBCUniversal each have a Veterans Network Employee Resource Group (ERG) that offers mentoring programs and networking opportunities to help members grow professionally and personally. Our ERGs help foster the innate connection that exists among veterans.
Along with the bonds forged from serving their country, many of the veterans we hire also share a strong drive to excel on the job.
"With every veteran I’ve met, there’s a sense that this person will be able to adapt and overcome," says Michelle Alban, who served in the U.S. Air Force and is now Vice President of Corporate Communications for Telemundo. "They want to get things accomplished."
Michelle experienced the innate connection that exists between veterans early on in her search for a new career after the military. "The hiring manager for my first position happened to be an Air Force veteran as well," she says. "And while I had the skills and experience for the job, I wasn’t the only qualified candidate. But there was definitely a spark of recognition once he learned I was Air Force."
However, finding a way back into the workforce can be especially tough for veterans, who often return to their hometowns or the familiarity of communities around military installations. "They simply come back to the place they know — a decision of the heart, rather than an informed decision based on where the jobs are," says Kevin Schmiegel, Vice President of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and a retired Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel. "They need help identifying job markets and the employers there who are ready to hire."
Kevin says Comcast and NBCUniversal are among the HOH campaign’s strongest supporters. "They offer a unique culture that does a great job attracting, assimilating, and retaining veterans. There is a shared sense of mission and purpose. And veterans know they may not get that elsewhere."