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National Company Seeks Vets for Local Jobs

AT&T has 25 open jobs in Columbia.

Patch put out the call to employers: ?

And employers have been stepping forward. Here’s the latest.

Margarita Noriega responded on behalf of AT&T to highlight the company’s involvement with the 100,000 Jobs Mission, an initiative launched in 2011 by several large companies to hire 100,000 veterans by 2020.

“Military veterans are the leaders of tomorrow,” Noriega wrote in a statement, citing the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “but the unemployment rate for soldiers returning from wars in Afghanistan and Iraq is vastly higher than the national average [12 percent versus 8 percent].”

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Noriega said that AT&T had 49 Maryland job opportunities available as of Tuesday, with 40 in the Greater Baltimore area and 25 in Columbia.

“Within those, about half are retail-oriented--the folks that work in the stores and with small business solutions," she said. The other jobs are network and engineering-related, she said.

All of the jobs are open to the general public, Noriega said, but as the numbers show, "veterans are having a hard time knowing where they can go to apply for jobs."

For veterans looking for jobs with AT&T, Noriega suggests checking out www.att.jobs/military for specific information about jobs with the company as well as general information including resume and interview tips.

For additional resources, check out Maryland Vets, Jobs Wanted on Patch, where you can find stories of veterans looking for work and tips from one veteran on how best to navigate the job-search journey. 

More in the series:

Returning from War to Fight for Jobs

Vets Back From War Face Shocking Reality

First Person: Five Tips from a Veteran Who Got A Job

Veteran Profile: Nicole McFarland

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