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Announcing The 2015 Most Valuable Employers (MVE) for Military® Ca-Cs
by Heidi Lynn Russell, Contributing Editor

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Company profiles: A-Ar, Ba-Ca, Ca-Cs, D-Ed, El-Fr, G-Hu, I-La, Le-Na, Na-So, So-Tr,U-US, We-X

Below and on the pages that follow, please find employer profiles of the 2015 MVEs. The brief snapshots capture some of the highlights regarding why these military-friendly companies were recognized as winners, and why they are employers worth seeking out if you are a military-experienced job seeker.

CAE USA (Tampa, FL):  CAE USA provides turnkey training solutions and training support services (such as simulator instruction and maintenance) to Department of Defense and international military customers. “The company hires military-experienced employees at corporate headquarters in Tampa, FL, as well as at 21 military site locations,” says Marissa Holdorf, Group Leader, Human Resources. CAE USA has also expanded recruiting efforts and participated in the 2014 and 2015 MacDill AFB Career Fairs in Tampa. Its Community Involvement Committee has created partnerships in local communities that support service members. Some projects include Operation Helping Hand, Southeast Guide Dog Association, Steven Stiller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, Birdies For The Brave and The American Legion.


Capital One Financial Corp. (McLean, VA):  Capital One is an active supporter of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Hiring Our Heroes program and committed $4.5 million to the effort. “The company’s Military Recruiting program is proactive and multifaceted,” says Chris Giacchi, Military Recruiting Manager, and Julie Rakes, Corporate Communications. During the past year, Military Network members have volunteered in mentoring programs and shepherded candidates. Capital One also launched a Military Skills Translator. The tool uses a custom-designed algorithm to translate military service, pay grade, Military Occupational Specialty (MOS), Air Force Specialty Code (AFSC), and/or military job titles and makes recommendations of potential jobs at Capital One that match those skills.


Capstone Corp. (Alexandria, VA):  “In 2014, 59 percent of new hires at Capstone Corp. were former military, and we expect that number to increase this year,” says John J. McNally III, Senior Vice President-Growth. In all, Capstone expects to hire an additional 158 employees with military backgrounds in the next 12 months. “More significantly, we are proud to manage the Wounded Warrior Program for our Joint Staff customer, where we are responsible for identifying Wounded Warriors to serve as interns as they re-enter the work environment,” McNally adds. Most of Capstone’s work is in support of the Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security.


Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. (San Francisco, CA):  In 2012, Charles Schwab & Co. launched a strategy to propel veteran hiring called Forward March: Taking the Next Step With Schwab. “It provides expanded training for Schwab talent advisors to translate military resumes and spot the most transferrable skills to the company,” says Ryan Kosowsky, Managing Director, Talent Acquisition. The program also aims to provide training in interviewing for hiring managers and assimilation help for veterans and their supervisors. The company’s Military Veterans Network is an Employee Resource Group that performs community service and fundraising activities. The MVN also sponsors “Military Veteran’s Network Career Skills Forums,” where members assist in preparing resumes for veterans seeking employment.


CN – Rail (Montreal, Quebec):  A combination of retirements and growing business means CN – Rail is looking to replenish its workforce “with talented new railroaders,” says Todd Taylor, Senior Manager, Human Resources. “A veteran’s ability to work in all types of conditions with a sense of urgency and leadership are skills that successful railroaders need,” he adds. CN encourages the educational excellence of members of the military. With its Scholarship program, best-in-class veterans can benefit from a $3,000 grant towards their studies, in addition to the chance of being selected for an internship with the company. CN – Rail is also a partner of the White House’s Joining Forces program.


CSX Corp. (Jacksonville, FL):  CSX will add former military in 175 locations throughout the Eastern United States. “Employees will also be hired in almost all areas of our organization due to recent mandated federal regulations that call for additional control of our freight trains,” says Steve Toomey, Talent Advisor, Military Recruiter. In 2014, CSX hired 897 veterans, nearly 26 percent of the company’s new hires. CSX works with Disabled Veteran Outreach Program Representatives and Local Veteran Employment Representatives that are attached to each state’s Department of Labor Employment Division or Employment One-Stop Centers. CSX has a Military Inclusion Group, consisting of a network of employees who are current National Guard/Reserve or former military members.

Company profiles: A-Ar, Ba-Ca, Ca-Cs, D-Ed, El-Fr, G-Hu, I-La, Le-Na, Na-So, So-Tr,U-US, We-X

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