| Disney vows to hire 1,000 more veterans|
The company wants to more than double its efforts in hiring those who have served in the military
Orange County Register
The Walt Disney Co. is vowing to hire an additional 1,000 U.S. veterans – doubling its initial goal surpassed in less than a year.
Bob Iger, the company's chairman and chief executive officer, announced the expansion of the company's "Heroes Work Here" hiring initiative during Wednesday's annual shareholders meeting in Phoenix. At last year's meeting, the company promised to hire 1,000 military veterans within three years. But the company already has hired 1,300 veterans, including some at Anaheim's Disney parks.
The company wants to hire another 1,000 veterans within two years, Iger said.
Disney has made a special effort to attract veterans to apply. Kevin Preston, Disney's director of veteran's initiatives, said the company aired public-service announcements aimed at veterans, posted a special website, held three job expos and coached veterans who applied. "My job is to get you to the door and ... have you feeling good about what you are doing," Preston said.
Online, veterans could take courses, such as resume writing, to demonstrate how their military skills translate into Disney jobs. Disney-hiring personnel, as well, learned about the military so employers would understand skills that veterans could bring to jobs, Preston said. For example, an operational planner in the military had skills that he now uses as a menu and food planner at a Florida resort restaurant.
by Sarah Tully