AT&T to provide 5,000 jobs for veterans

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — AT&T plans to hire 5,000 veterans across the nation into career opportunities over the next five years, according to a statement released on Tuesday.

The plan was announced at a White House event with Michelle Obama. The event was held with AT&T and other companies that are joining the Joining Forces Initiative, a national initiative to mobilize all sectors of society to give service members and family members career opportunities and more. The First Lady helped co-found the initiative with Vice President Joe Biden.

The company also announced plans to lead a talent exchange initiative later in 2013. AT&T will lead the initiative with JPMorgan and Chase and the 100,000 Jobs Mission.

The talent exchange will allow active-duty military members and veteran job candidates to “opt-in” to a talent-sharing database. The database is designed to allow for sharing and referrals of job candidates to participating 100,000 Jobs Mission companies.

The 100,000 Jobs Mission was launched in 2011 and has hired 64,628 active-duty military or veteran job candidates through the first quarter of 2013.

AT&T’s veteran career site can be accessed here.

Copyright 2013 WIAT-TV CBS 42

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