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CSR Program: Veterans Program

Easing the transition to civilian life for those who serve our country

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Military veterans bring valuable skills, experience, and qualifications to the civilian workforce. But matching talent to open positions has proved daunting for both veterans and hiring companies. The Cisco Veterans Program uses technology and human networks to better connect returning service members to civilian opportunities.

What: Connect Veteran Talent to Civilian Careers

Teamwork and leadership skills, the ability to learn quickly and work under pressure, a strong work ethic and dedication to the mission. Today’s fast-moving businesses seek workers with these skills and veterans have them, but no easy way to communicate their experience. Cisco Veterans Program connects returning service members with educational opportunities and rewarding careers.

  • Cisco has provided more than $1 million in seed funding to Futures Inc. to develop innovative  job portals that use a sophisticated algorithm to match military job codes with civilian jobs and career paths.
  • The IT Training and Certification Program offered scholarships to fast track IT training and certification for 1000 service members to help them stand out with hiring managers.
  • Cisco Networking Academy courses at military bases have helped more than 51,000 military personnel develop information and communications technology (ICT) skills since 1997.
  • Military hiring events use Cisco-funded Futures, Inc. technology to pre-match candidates to positions and Cisco WebEx for virtual interviews to increase the success rate for participants.

How: Lead by Example as a Veteran-friendly Employer

Our Veterans Program focuses on both recruiting and supporting veterans to ease their transition to civilian life. Cisco is a founding member of the 100,000 Jobs Mission, a coalition of companies committed to hiring 200,000 veterans by 2020, and our Veterans Enablement and Troop Support (VETS) employee organization provides mentoring and support to active and retired military personnel and their families.

  • Cisco is hiring veterans like Air Force Veteran Courtney Beard, National Guardsman Marcos Rogers, and Army Veteran Matt Heffler.
  • VETS employee volunteers have installed wireless access at Fisher Houses for families of military personnel treated at military hospitals, organized pre-paid calling card drives, and upgraded broadband access at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan for 5000 active duty personnel.
  • VETS employee volunteers organize an annual Veterans Corporate Technology Day and mentor transitioning military personnel who are considering an ICT career.
  • Military Times Magazine named Cisco a top military-friendly company in 2013 and U.S. Veterans Magazine listed Cisco as one of the top 100 veteran employers for two years in a row.

Impact Multiplied

We know that successful, well-placed veterans within Cisco show our partners, customers, and other companies the value veterans bring to the workplace. Our investment in the innovative Futures, Inc. Pipeline has potential for matching skills and jobs across many sectors.

  • The Futures, Inc. Pipeline job matching platform has connected more than 212,000 military service members, veterans, and family members to jobs since January 2013.
  • US IT Pipeline matches military job codes to IT careers and credentialing opportunities for veterans such as Andrew Marsh and Sara Harbaugh.
  • Hiring events that use the pre-match model developed by Futures, Inc. generate offer-to-interview ratios of more than 50 percent, compared to 5 percent for traditional hiring events
  • 140,000+ veterans hired through the 100,000 Jobs Mission, of which Cisco is a founding member

 

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