Citi® Hosts Fortune 500 Companies at Veterans Advantage Corporate Career Symposium with Special Focus for Post 9/11 Military Veterans: Friday, April 26

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Unique Program Supported by Top Companies Dedicated to Veteran Hiring with Focus on Transitioning Post-9/11 Military; Free Registration and Job Interviews at http://www.VeteransAdvantage.com/careers.

Veteran Advantage today joined top executives from Fortune 500 companies in announcing the Veterans Advantage Corporate Career Symposium, an inaugural program for military transitioning to corporate careers and Veteran-friendly jobs in finance, media, entertainment, technology, retail, insurance and diversified manufacturing. Citi will host the event on April 26, 2013 in their Tribeca offices at 388 Greenwich Street in downtown New York City.

Major U.S. companies who employ one million people globally are taking the leadership as kick-off supporters of the groundbreaking veteran careers initiative, including General Electric, CBS, Citi, DELL, Google, BAE Systems, Time Warner/HBO, Penn Mutual, Avis Budget, Prudential Financial and Tudor Investments and SAC Capital Advisors, both major billion-dollar hedge funds. Each company has agreed to contact the Veterans who submit their resumes at the Symposium.

Led by panel moderators Paul Bucha, Medal of Honor Recipient and West Point Graduate, and H. Scott Higgins, CEO and Founder of Veterans Advantage, a high powered group of top corporate executives, leading educators and veteran service providers will participate in morning and afternoon sessions on Veteran corporate job prospects, transitioning to a corporate culture, corporate career insights and networking, and corporate resume writing sessions. Each session culminates with resumes to be submitted for interviews to be arranged at a later place and time by the participating companies.

Due to space limitations, Veterans must pre-register for the free Symposium at http://www.VeteransAdvantage.com/careers

“Our military Veterans looking to enter the corporate workforce needs to be equipped with transitioning skills and knowledge as they exit the military,” said Paul W. Bucha, who after his service as an Army Captain in Vietnam earned his MBA at Stanford University, and serves as Chairman of the Department of Labor, VA and DoD’s Committee on Veterans Education, Training and & Employee Outreach as well as the Veterans Advantage Advisory Board. “We want our Symposium to help Vets get the best advice from corporate executives at top companies, and the interview opportunity gives them a real shot at that ‘first break’ that can make all the difference when starting a new career.”

Veterans Advantage and Corporate Symposium presenters, many of whom are Military Veterans themselves, are deeply committed to providing all Veterans, with a special focus on transitioning Post 9/11 military, with the resources to find gainful employment in meaningful corporate careers and to lead successful lives. Much of the Symposium outreach has focused on approximately 8,000 New York City Post 9/11 Veterans who attend area schools on the GI Bill, and will soon enter the workforce.

Post 9/11 Military Veterans, particularly ages 18-24 years old, have the highest rates of unemployment in the nation, far exceeding that of Veterans from other periods of service. According to a recent Northeastern University study by Professor Rand Ghayad and William Dickens, the penalties for long term unemployment is greater than lack of skills. For periods longer than 6 months, it does not matter what experience you have, there’s little you can do to find work.

“In reality, our transitioning GI Bill Veterans are uniquely qualified with a strong skill set that is highly attractive to Corporate America and we need to help them get hired right away,” said Veterans Advantage CEO Higgins, who is a former Wall Street executive, Wharton MBA and Vietnam Veteran. “Many times, ‘a foot in the door’ with a Vet-friendly company that has experienced these positive skills and the many attractive military attributes among its current veteran employees is all a Veteran needs to get started, and that’s where these initial interviews will be of tremendous value.”

Sponsorship for the Veterans Advantage Career Symposium is led by underwriting support from General Electric – the Presenting Sponsor of Veterans Week NYC–along with Citi, Google, Tudor Investments, Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company and City University of New York (CUNY), Avis Budget Group, HBO with additional contributions and support from BAE Systems, CBS, Edge4Vets, Ford Motor, 1800-Flowers, SAC Capital Advisors, DELL, and Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families.

About Veterans Advantage
Veterans Advantage, established in February 2001 by a group of highly decorated U.S. Military Veterans, is the nation’s leading private sector benefits program dedicated to “Giving Back to All Who Serve.” The program’s mission is to deliver respect, recognition, and rewards for U.S. Active Duty, Military Veterans, Retired Military, Active and Retired National Guard & Reservists, spouses and next-of-kin family members, who have served in all branches and periods of service. Veterans Advantage includes free with membership $50,000 of Global MEDEVAC Coverage, $5,000 AD&D Insurance, plus VIP Concierge Services from Chartis and a valuable personal financial planning package. Veterans Advantage’s nationally–recognized VetRewards Card provides exclusive savings and membership offers as a thank you for service to the country from top brand-name companies, including United, Lufthansa Airlines, Amtrak, Greyhound, Wendy’s, Ford & Lincoln Cars and Trucks, Verizon Wireless, CVS/pharmacy, Apple, Dell Computer, FootLocker, Target.com, Choice Hotels, Wyndham, Avis/Budget Group and Dollar/Thrifty, among others. Veterans Advantage is also a founding partner of the November celebration of Veterans Week NYC, newly established in 2012 by NYC Mayoral Proclamation. The VetRewards Card is the “Official Card of Veterans Week NYC”. More at http://www.VeteransAdvantage.com.

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