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Operation: Opportunity — Hilton's mission to hire 20,000 more of you

March 13, 2019 - 12:28 pm

Our Employer of the Week series features one company each week that has made a commitment to hiring and supporting veterans. This week’s employer is Hilton

Hilton is the fastest growing hospitality company in the world — and it all started with Army veteran Conrad Hilton, the founder of Hilton. 

In 2013, Hilton launched Operation: Opportunity — a mission to hire 10,000 veterans by 2018. The company accomplished that goal two years ahead of schedule and has since committed to hiring 20,000 additional veterans and spouses be 2020. 

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"But we wanted it to be more than just an employment program," said Lauren Bacon, senior manager of military programs at Hilton. "We wanted it to be a company-wide holistic program and commitment." 

Hilton now offers a range of transition assistance programs, hiring tools, and discounts for veterans. Through its partnership with Hiring Our Heroes, Hilton offers access to Reinventing Michael Banks, resume preparation, interview preparation, and employment-related travel assistance.

Hilton also offers discounts and programs for military spouses. Hilton's military leisure discount rate offers discounted prices for military personnel traveling for vacation and R&R. The company has donated over 340 million Hilton Honors points to help 3,000 veterans and spouses with travel, transitioning, and job opportunities. And its Work From Home program allows spouses to take job opportunities wherever the military sends them.

"We want the values and character and experience and potential to learn and grow that comes with being in the military," said Bacon. 

“Since being recruited by Hilton 5 years ago, I’ve seen this 100-year old company, that has the feel and synergy of a new start-up, grow from 10 to 17 iconic brands, driving recruitment of those who share our vision and passion for hospitality," said Abie Chong, Air Force veteran and manager of military programs at Hilton. "I’ve been absolutely amazed at the many career opportunities at Hilton ideal for military veterans and military spouses. If you are looking to join another winning team after service to your country ends, I invite you to explore Hilton."

For information on programs, resources, discounts, and job openings visit Hilton's U.S. Military page.

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