First Lady unveils new military spouse hiring initiative

| April 13, 2012 | 0 Comments

Elaine Sanchez
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON — First lady Michelle Obama announced a new hiring effort intended to deliver thousands of portable, flexible job opportunities to military spouses and veterans in the coming years, here, April 4.

Eleven companies have pledged more than 15,000 jobs for military spouses and veterans, the first lady said, noting the vast majority of these jobs can be accomplished from home.

This commitment will make a “huge difference” for military spouses, Obama said, during a teleconference announcing the initiative.

“We’re working hard on their behalf because we’re proud of them,” the first lady said. “Having an opportunity to have a decent job … is one of the most important ways we can support these families.”

This new effort will offer spouses thousands of at-home employment opportunities in areas such as customer support and telemarketing, as well as jobs that are physically located near military installations, according to a White House news release. Nearly two dozen contact centers — which offer family-friendly scheduling, growth opportunities and the ability to transfer seamlessly from one center to another — have committed to hiring spouses. These companies and their job opportunities will be integrated into the Defense Department’s Military Spouse Employment Partnership, or MSEP, the release said. MSEP is an effort in which more than 100 private-sector companies have committed to a focused effort on military spouse employment.

“Whatever comes up in life along the way, these types of jobs will give them the type of flexibility and portability they’ll need to succeed, not just in their careers, but the rest of their lives, as well,” Obama said, on the conference call.

Companies’ key commitments

•Alpine Access pledged to recruit, train and hire more than 3,000 military-connected Americans over the next two years. The company also will launch TalentSprout, an online portal with skill-building and job training curriculum.

These career and personal development courses will be offered free of charge to qualified members of the armed forces and to their eligible spouses and caregivers.

•Agility Marketing plans to add 100 jobs for military spouses and veterans over the next two years.

•Arise Virtual Solutions, Inc. plans to add 10,000 new independent business and client services professionals from military families over the next several years. Arise also intends to develop special programs to create awareness among military spouses and veterans.

•DialAmerica aims to increase the number of military-affiliated employees to make up 20 percent of its workforce by 2014.

•Etech Global Services has committed to hiring a minimum of 200 military spouses and veterans in next two years.

•Hilton Hotels employs nearly 800 military-related employees at their hotels and offices around the globe. In partnership with Recruit Military and other community-based organizations, Hilton Worldwide is pledging another 3.5 percent of their Hilton@Home call center positions to military spouses through 2014.

•Prosperity America intends to hire 50 more veterans and military spouses.

•QCSS Inc. will ensure a minimum of 10 percent of the forecasted 200 new hires from now through 2014 will be veterans and their families.

•Quality Contact Solutions is creating 150 work-at-home business-to-business marketing and communication jobs for military spouses over the next two years. These jobs will be in the health care and telecommunications industries.

•Veteran Call Center plans to create an additional 1,000 jobs for military spouses and veterans over the next two years.

ACS Career Fair 2012 is today

Army Community Service will conduct “Career Fair 12,” 10 a.m.-1 p.m., April 13, at the Kalakaua Community Center, Schofield Barracks.

Army community members will have an opportunity to connect with federal hiring agencies, local and national companies, military contractors, and staffing agencies. Call ACS at 655-4227.

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