Hiring Heroes

Coming Home to a job!

Dan Koah knows a lot about responsibility and leadership in the workplace. After being wounded by a roadside bomb in Iraq, the ex-marine draws on his two tours of military duty every day as a manager at the Unilever manufacturing plant in Atlanta, Georgia.

"There is no Rambo. Nothing happens without teamwork," Koah says.
This year, hundreds of veterans will join his rank to provide services at Unilever.
 
Joining Forces
Unilever aims to lower the unemployment rate for American heroes by committing to supporting Advantage Sales and Marketing of Irvine, Calif. in hiring and training more than 300 veterans in the next year. They plan on training veterans in merchandising, retail selling and in-store execution, by investing $70 million over the next three years.
 
It couldn’t have come at a better time. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are approximately 21.2 million veterans in the United States with 2.6 million who’ve served since 2001. Many of these men and women have a difficult time getting hired when they return from military service, especially in an economy that’s still recovering from financial wounds.
 
Consequently, Unilever and ASM are proud to play a part in the Joining Forces initiative that hires veterans and military spouses. The program, championed by first lady Michelle Obama, and Vice President Joe Biden’s wife, Jill, has found jobs for more than 290,000 military men and women since 2011.
 
Mike Salzberg, President and Chief Operating Officer of ASM, believes they can “reduce the 7.1% nationwide veteran unemployment rate by working with Unilever to help veterans realize their passions and channel them toward real-world application.”
 
Ideal Skill Set
Unilever and ASM executives know that hiring veterans makes perfect sense since their leadership and teamwork skills were tested every day, on and off base. They feel veterans possess that determined, “get-the-job-done” mindset.
 
At a time when most young adults are toting college books around campus and borrowing the keys to their parents’ cars, service men and women are garnering high-tech skills and often dealing with life and death situations. Their military experience brings a lot to the table.
 
Kurt Hall, team leader of Unilever's operation that stocks military bases with essential Unilever products, sums it up:
 
"When you go onto an aircraft carrier and see an 18-year-old kid in command of a $60 million plane, that's so much responsibility. That really lays the foundation when you talk about leadership and being able to come into an organization with a wonderful skill set."
           
Dan Koah would agree, noting that the Unilever/ASM initiative is not a charity program. As Koah proves every day on the job, "It's absolutely mutually beneficial.”
 
Look for the Unilever/ASM job opportunities here:
The Wounded Warrior Project 
AllMilitary
Hero 2 Hired
 
Plus, check out our New Resource Page for other convenient "military life" links.

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