G.I. Jobs Again Names Union Pacific A Top Military-Friendly Employer
Omaha, Neb., November 07, 2007 For the fourth time in five years, G.I. Jobs magazine, the nation’s premier career guide for military job-seekers, has named Union Pacific one of the nation’s top Military-Friendly Employers.
"We continue to look for people to fill technical positions across our railroad, and are actively encouraging members of the military to apply," said Barb Schaefer, senior vice president-Human Resources. "We want retiring and transitioning military personnel to know that we are looking for men and women with armed services experience to join our workforce, where they receive great wages, benefits and opportunity for advancement."
Union Pacific placed second on the annual list of 50 companies, which is drawn from a pool of nearly 2,500. Criteria for the rankings include assets dedicated to military hiring, Reserve/Guard policies, percentage of total new hires in the past two years who are veterans, and veteran recruitment, training and promotional programs.
UP 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.
"Hiring America’s military veterans is a smart business decision for which all of the Top 50 companies should be commended," said Chris Hale, general manager of the publication. "Sure, it’s patriotic to hire military, but that’s not why corporate America does so. These companies understand how military knowledge, training and real-world experience positively affect their bottom line."
Lifestyles and working conditions are very 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 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.
Anyone interested in a job with Union Pacific is encouraged to visit www.unionpacific.jobs to apply online. Persons without access to computers should visit their local job service, public library or copy center. Applicants should be a minimum of 18 years of age. People who receive a job offer are required to successfully complete a medical exam, drug test and background investigation.
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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