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Welcome to Comcast and NBCUniversal, Veterans!

4:03 PM on 03/07/2013

Welcome to Comcast and NBCUniversal, Veterans!

Source: Internal

07 March 2013

 

Last year, we made a pledge to hire 1,000 veterans as part of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s “Hiring Our Heroes” program, the largest private sector commitment of its kind dedicated to the hiring of millions of veterans and military spouses. Two years ahead of schedule, we’re pleased to announce that over 1,000 members of the Armed Forces and/or their spouses have joined our Comcast NBCUniversal family over the past year and have inspired us to deliver on a new commitment that doubles our original pledge-hiring an additional 1,000 U.S. veterans by 2015.

 

“We are thrilled to have reached our original hiring commitment early,” said Bill Strahan, Executive Vice President of Human Resources, Comcast Cable.  “We have had the privilege of hiring extremely talented men and women over the last year and we look forward to making our workforce even stronger with our next wave of veterans joining our team.”

 

“To move the needle on veteran unemployment, it will take companies increasing their levels of veteran hiring and Comcast and NBCUniversal have stepped up to do just that,” said Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Schmiegel (ret.), executive director of Hiring Our Heroes. “Comcast and NBCUniversal are among the biggest supporters of our program and through their dedication and leadership, we are seeing a difference in how businesses across America are recognizing the value in hiring a veteran.”

 

Our newest colleagues are working alongside all of us in all facets and levels within Comcast and NBCUniversal, including network engineering, technology, operations, theme parks and resorts, programming, customer service, marketing, human resources and other careers.   They’re also helping us shape new opportunities for veterans and their families. Here are some of the ways:

 

  • Employee Resource Groups: Employees are invited to join our employee resource groups where there is a community among veterans. The Comcast and NBCUniversal Veterans Networks serve as a base of support for members, in several ways, including a mentoring program and events focused on growing the professional and personal development of veterans and their allies.
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  • “Making a Difference on the Homefront”: NBC News created this year-long news series in an effort to shine a light on veterans, military families and the issues affecting them across the country.
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  • Heroes Get Hired: How to Use Your Military Experience to Master the Interview: NBC Publishing just released this free enhanced eBook and guide for veterans. (downloadable at http://www.heroesgethired.com/).
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  • Educational and Programming Resources for Veterans: This summer, NBC News and the Chamber will launch a jobs and education resource portal to connect veterans and their families with up-to-date tools and information to help them in their transition after returning home from military service.  The centralized hub will feature the best resources from leading industry partners, in addition to NBC News features, and family, spouse and community resources.
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  • “Hire a Veteran” on XFINITY On Demand: We are also offering programming resources to help veterans find careers at other employers as well as engaging in numerous partnerships with veteran serving organizations in local communities.
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  • Job Fairs: From March 15-28, we will support Hiring Our Heroes as it hosts various job fairs in different communities across America, including Washington D.C., New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Fort Hood, Fayetteville, and Dayton.

 

“Our goal is to offer veterans tangible tools that help them with their transition back into the workforce and civilian life,” commented Beth Colleton, Senior Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility, NBCUniversal.  “We look forward to working with the entire Comcast and NBCUniversal family in collaboration with stellar partners like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to continue to expand our veteran initiatives.”

 

Over 93,000 veterans have been hired to date by companies across America as a result of Hiring Our Heroes pledges. In 2012, the Commerce’s Foundation recognized Comcast with its Hiring Our Heroes Lee Anderson Award for our support of the program.