Sears Holdings Corporation announced today that it will host its inaugural “Invite A Veteran to Work Day” on November 6 at its headquarters in Hoffman Estates, IL, and at 1,800 Sears and Kmart stores across the U.S. At each event, Sears Holdings will honor the men and women of the armed forces, provide a rare behind-the-scenes look inside the company’s operations, and share how they can transition into the civilian workforce and prepare themselves for a career with the leading integrated retailer, according to the company.
“We recognize the key role the veteran community plays in the workforce as evidenced by our 30,000 veteran associates, many of whom are still serving in the National Guard and the Reserve forces,” said Sherry Nolan-Schultz, vp/talent acquisition and diversity, Sears Holdings. “We invite all veterans to join us on this unique day to learn more about our company, career opportunities and workforce re-entry strategies.”
Sears Holdings developed “Invite a Veteran to Work Day” in support of the White House’s Joining Forces initiative. The knowledge and proficiencies learned in the service has helped military veterans transition into positions involving a wide range of industry disciplines such as logistics, store management, loss prevention and home services, according to the company.
In addition, this is also a time in which Sears Holdings will recognize the hard work of many of the company’s military spouses. The company recognizes that military spouses also support our armed forces and Sears has made a commitment to them through the Military Spouse Employment Program and Joining Forces.
In 2012, Sears Holdings hired 3,500 military veterans and are on pace to exceed that number this year. Sears currently employs more than 30,000 U.S. veterans, with more than 1,500 still serving in the National Guard and reserves. Additionally, thousands of veteran spouses work for Sears Holdings.
In addition, Sears created the Heroes at Home initiative in partnership with Rebuilding Together, the nation’s largest all volunteer home rehabilitation organization, to meet the urgent need to assist military families facing hardship. This spring, more than 75 military family homes were rebuilt, including a cluster of homes in Red Hook, NY, that Sears and Rebuilding Together committed to rebuild last fall in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Thanks to donations by Shop Your Way rewards members, customers and associates, the program has raised more than $17 million over the past six years, funding more than 1,300 home rebuilds for America’s military heroes.