A Fortune 500 company hoping to hire hundreds more veterans in the next year is guaranteeing interviews to former service members across the country next week.
Veterans looking for jobs in health care, business, social work and other fields can interview in person at one of DaVita Inc.’s eight business offices or over the phone for jobs with the company’s subsidiary, DaVita Kidney Care.
“At DaVita, we are a community first and a company second. We find that military veterans and families share in that concept, embracing teammates (employees) and our patients,” Caitlyn Shuket, a spokeswoman for the company, said in an email.
DaVita Inc. has hired more than 3,000 veterans since 2010 and aims to hire 400 more in the next year at its 2,400 kidney dialysis centers and business offices in the U.S. More than 500 veterans and some military spouses have already registered for the company’s first National Veteran Interview Day on Tuesday, Sept. 19, Shuket said.
Eric Eversole, president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s program Hiring Our Heroes, had not heard of other companies hosting national interview days quite like the one at DaVita. But companies have gotten more creative in their recruitment of veterans in recent years, he said.
“Companies are finding ways to be able to not only show that they’re military-friendly, but they’re military-ready,” he said. “And what that means from their perspective is they have recruiters there on the spot, they understand the unique skill sets and military talents that military veterans and military spouses bring and are actively looking for ways to get them into their workforce.”
A recent Hiring Our Heroes study of veterans in the workplace found veterans are among the top recruitment priorities for companies — coming in third after individuals with advanced degrees and women.
“I think it’s reflective of how critical veteran and military spouse talent has become to American business,” Eversole said. “This is not a charitable aspect. This is something where these companies understand that in a 21st century economic environment, these very talented people — veterans and military spouses — will help their bottom line from a business perspective.”
For DaVita’s part, the company believes “hiring veterans is the right thing to do,” Shuket said.
Veterans interested in an interview with DaVita Sept. 19 must register online. The in-person interviews will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. local time in Denver; Nashville, Tennessee; Federal Way, Washington; Los Angeles; Malvern, Pennsylvania; Deland, Florida; Dallas and Chicago.