Veteran Ryan Goforth wasn’t sure what to expect when he arrived at the first military hiring event hosted by the Seattle Seahawks. What he discovered did not disappoint.
“It’s got a lot of employers I was looking at,” said Goforth. “A lot of ones I didn’t even know were hiring. It makes me feel like they care about us and that they are going out of their way to employ us … makes us feel like we have opportunities outside of the military.”
The Seattle Seahawks invited Boeing and other local partners to participate in the event for veterans at CenturyLink Field.
“So many of our partners said, ‘We want to be part of that,’” said Mike Flood, Seahawks Vice President of Community Outreach. “Because they recognize the value that military personnel and their spouses bring to the workforce. So for us our big partners, especially Boeing, recognize the value that military personnel are going to bring to Boeing and for us to have the opportunity to put people together is very important to us.”
Approximately 400 veterans, military members or spouses took advantage of the opportunity, and nearly half of those visited with Boeing recruiters.
“Boeing really values our military service members,” said Liz Fifield, a Boeing talent recruiter. “We find they excel within our organization. They bring a lot of strength they’ve learned in their services that can be translated into the jobs.”
Nearly 15% of Boeing employees are veterans and more than 1,000 Washington employees are members of the Boeing Veterans Engagement Team.
More than 7,000 service members, veterans and spouses will receive workforce transition services from Boeing-supported programs this year. Several of those nonprofits supported by Boeing that work with veterans and military families participated as well.
“There’s many, many things that make a veteran who they are,” said Daniella Young from Bunker Labs Seattle, one of Boeing’s nonprofit partners. “The hardest thing for a veteran is to realize they’re not alone on the outside and Boeing has been a great partner in that.”
Boeing conducted numerous job interviews at the event and several job offers are pending.
By Davis Wahlman and Phuong Nguyen