G.I. Jobs Magazine Puts Union Pacific At The Top Of Its Annual Military-Friendly Employer List
Union Pacific is Again Named the Most Military-Friendly Employer in America
Omaha, Neb., November 9, 2006 For the second year in a row, G.I. Jobs magazine has named Union Pacific Railroad the nation’s top Military-Friendly Employer. The magazine commended Union Pacific’s resource-laden effort and high-performance results in recruiting transitioning military personnel. According to G.I. Jobs, "Union Pacific’s No. 1 ranking is based on the resources and assets it has dedicated exclusively to recruiting members of the military."
"Military operations are based upon defining a mission, developing a plan, moving troops and equipment, and executing the plan with vigor through superior leadership skills," said Rick McCormack, G.I. Jobs publisher. "These are also basic components of a successful business plan, which Union Pacific has incorporated into its military hiring programs."
This is the fourth year G.I. Jobs has issued its list of the Top Military-Friendly Companies. The list is drawn from a sample of Fortune 500 companies and based on criteria that include the strength of company military recruiting efforts, the percentage of new hires with prior military service and company policies toward National Guard and reserve service.
"We are in the middle of an unprecedented hiring effort in every state in which we operate, and we are very honored G.I. Jobs has again recognized our efforts to recruit members of the military" said Barb Schaefer, senior vice president Human Resources. "As we have through much of our history, we actively recruit and hire former military people because their skills and lifestyles are a great fit for our railroad – and because they make excellent employees."
Union Pacific targets military personnel for several reasons. Many of the railroad’s technical jobs - such as diesel locomotive mechanics and electricians, and rail car mechanics - are well-suited for military members who have developed similar skills working with Armed Forces large equipment.
Lifestyles and working conditions also are similar between the military and the railroad. Many positions at Union Pacific involve outdoor work with non-traditional working hours. Military personnel tend to be flexible when it comes to relocation, which can be helpful in gaining familiarity with Union Pacific’s 32,000 mile network, and in potentially advancing their careers at the railroad.
Union Pacific job recruiters actively seek military personnel by attending military job fairs and transitional assistance programs, and regularly visiting major military installations.
The railroad recently boosted its recruiting efforts through a partnership with the United States Army’s Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS) program. PaYS is an Army recruiting initiative that encourages American industry to fill positions with highly qualified applicants who have completed their service. The program benefits the Army through its appeal to young people interested in obtaining a quality civilian job after leaving the Army.
Union Pacific’s recognition in G.I. Jobs is the railroad’s third workplace honor this year. Working Mother magazine named North America’s largest railroad as one of the nation’s 100 Best Companies for Working Mothers, and LATINA Style magazine named Union Pacific one of its LATINA Style 50 companies that provide sensitivity to professional Hispanic women's needs and goals in the workplace.
Jobs at Union Pacific
Currently, Union Pacific has job openings at many locations throughout its 23-state operating system. Opportunities are available in train service, skilled disciplines (e.g., diesel mechanics and electricians) and management. Interested applicants are encouraged to visit www.unionpacific.jobs.
About Union Pacific
Union Pacific Corporation owns one of America’s leading transportation companies. Its principal operating company, Union Pacific Railroad, links 23 states in the western two-thirds of the country and serves the fastest-growing U.S. population centers. Union Pacific’s diversified business mix includes Agricultural Products, Automotive, Chemicals, Energy, Industrial Products and Intermodal. The railroad offers competitive long-haul routes from all major West Coast and Gulf Coast ports to eastern gateways. Union Pacific connects with Canada’s rail systems and is the only railroad serving all six major gateways to Mexico, making it North America’s premier rail franchise.
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