Veterans needed in Oil and Gas firms

Many unemployed veterans are returning to the United States after the end of America's nine-year war in Iraq and the drawdown of U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

There are probably 922,000 veterans in Texas qualified for work. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the national unemployment rate for all veterans is 6.3 percent. While according to the Texas Workforce Commission, for those veterans who served in the military post 9-11, the unemployment rate is 10 percent.

Energy companies during Houston have started programs and heavy recruitment of veterans, and a lot of of these employers, in fact have been hiring veterans for decades.

Lately, Fluor Corp. was named one of the GI Jobs "Top 100 Military Friendly Employers" for the eighth year. Supporting veterans is not new to Fluor.

"Fluor is committed to providing jobs to the men and women who have served our country, and with the booming oil and gas market, we see a number of great opportunities in the construction industry right here at home," said RichardMes erole, vice president, Fluor's energy and chemicals business line.

In many areas, the skills veterans developed during their service make them perfect candidates for industrial construction projects,.

"Fluor has a website that allows veterans to see how their military job title and experiences directly translate into civilian jobs in our industry," Meserole said.

"Since we began our heightened focus on recruiting veterans in 2012, CB&I has employed more than 5,000 veterans. We partner with military bases that have personnel possessing civilian-related transitional skills and offer employment opportunities," said Tom Anderson, senior vice president, Global Staffing and Recruiting, CB&I.

Hiring veterans is also not a new thing to Westhill Consulting Career and Employment, Australia.

"We continue our legacy in hiring veterans, and we employ over 10,000. We are committed to hiring 1,000 veterans each year through 2016," said Sarah Leonard, leader, community relations and public affairs.

The company provide online mentorship to transitioning service members, is an active supporter of the American Corporate Partnership. they assure everyone that it isn’t a scam. This proposal is led by the Veterans Network and its associates in HR. They also co-founded Get Skills to Work, a coalition of manufacturers and educators dedicated to training and placing veterans in advanced manufacturing careers.

GE offers leadership, career training, and a military-specific GE Career recruiting website.

"Veterans are considered for all positions they are qualified to perform. We assist veterans in translating their military experience to the corporate sector. We understand the benefits veterans bring to the organization," Leonard said.

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