CTA beefs up hiring of veterans

On this Veterans Day, the CTA touted its own hiring records for veterans. In a press release, the CTA said it has hired 71 veterans so far this year.

The CTA's hiring efforts add up to 358 veterans hired since President Forrest Claypool 2012, when he signed an executive order that creates a veteran hiring preference.

From today's press release:

“We recognize the value and experience that U.S. military veterans bring to the CTA,” said President Claypool. “We have found that many veterans, by virtue of their military service and the skills learned during their service, translate well and make them well-equipped to serve this agency and its customers.”

President Claypool signed an executive order in 2012 that creates a veteran hiring preference, to provide opportunities to men and women who have served in our country’s armed forces. The order set a CTA goal to attract at least a 20 percent pool of veterans during the application process for positions, including drivers, mechanics, engineers, managers and other workers.

To encourage veteran hiring, the CTA considers equivalent experience to take into account military experience when considering applicants for jobs, such as servicing vehicles or equipment.

Since then, veterans have joined the CTA in a wide variety of positions, including bus operators, flagmen, mechanics and customer-service assistants. The CTA recently hired a veteran who was awarded a Purple Heart for service in Iraq and also hired a veteran to assist in recruiting efforts. Twenty-eight currently serve in manager or coordinator positions.

As part of CTA’s strategy to recruit top talent, this year CTA officials attended various community events, including the Illinois Veteran’s Job Fair, Memorial Day Veteran’s Hiring and Resource Fair and the Hire Our Heroes Job Fair.

This is a CTA initiative we can all get behind.

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  • That's good to see. The Class I railroads also hire quite a number of veterans. There are a lot of non-technical skills/attributes that one picks up in the military that translate well into the private sector, including, but not limited to, leadership, attention to detail, promptness, and teamwork.

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