Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Fortune Magazine Article Explores the Role JMOs Play in Corporate America

In his recent Fortune Magazine article, Brian O’Keefe reveals the ways in which Corporate America is increasingly utilizing Junior Military Officer talent. O’Keefe points out that the increasing presence of JMOs in the workplace is evidenced by the fact that G.I. Jobs Military Friendly Employers List has grown from only 10 employers in 2003 to 100 this year. With such an interest in JMO talent, competition to hire these candidates is becoming more fierce than ever before.

O’Keefe cites Wal-Mart as being at the forefront of recognizing the talent JMOs have to offer. When faced with a potential talent shortage, they turned to JMOs and found them to be a “gold mine of talent”. General David Petraeus explains the appeal of this “gold mine” to Fortune by saying, “Tell me anywhere in the business world where a 22- or 23-year-old is responsible for 35 or 40 other individuals on missions that involve life and death.”

Corporate America is not just hiring these JMOs; they are setting them up for success with elite management development programs. GE Energy and PepsiCo are among the many companies who either have a program dominated by veterans or solely for veterans.

Hire a Hero, Hire a Vet believes O’Keefe’s article is a great example of the value veterans can bring to the civilian workplace. You can read the original article here. We hope you will agree!

1 comment:

  1. There is no question that there is a vast array of talent available to corporate America through JMOs, those with military experience and careers based in the military. Businesses are now able to capitalize on the talent that is available and ready to go to work. If someone is competent enough to lead a group in battle, surely they are qualified enough to wage pricing wars against competitors.

    -John Alexander