Most of us know Walmart is the nation’s largest retailer in the U.S. but did you also know it is the largest private employer in the country?
There is some great news on the horizon; according to the Associated Press, America’s favorite major retailer has announced they will make a pledge to hire any veteran who wants a job.
The CEO and president of Walmart, Bill Simon, is going to make the announcement as part of his address on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at the annual retail industry convention held in New York City.
Over the next five years, WM states it will hire more than 100,000 veterans. Simon explains how they want to make sure veterans have a place to go once they leave active-duty. In fact, the hiring initiative will begin on Memorial Day and any veteran who is within 12 months of leaving active-duty will be able to apply at Walmart stores, Sam’s Club, or through the company’s distribution centers. All job applications with high importance in an effort to employ as many qualified veterans as possible.
Simon adds that Walmart believes veterans perform well under pressure and are quick to learn, and have the discipline it takes to be more productive than the average worker and provide excellent customer service. He believes the military brings passion to people and that it’s something that’s desperately needed in today’s retail market.
The White House will be working with the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Defense, and major US employers so they can encourage more businesses to follow Walmart’s lead and make a better commitment to hiring veterans.
Some believe this is a great move on their part; company earnings fell slightly in the 4th quarter of 2012 and the positive publicity with this initiative is sure to favor the way Americans view this giant retail chain as they recover from holiday spending. More importantly, however, is the fact that this retailer we have come to depend on is simply doing the right thing!
If you are a veteran within one year of leaving active duty, you can fill out a Walmart application on their official website.