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Pepco Holdings and its 'longstanding commitment' to hire veterans

January 22, 2018 - 4:39 pm

Pepco Holdings is a utility company with deep roots in the Mid-Atlantic. Headquartered in Washington D.C., it is one of four utility companies of Exelon Corporation, a premiere energy company in the United States.

Hiring vets 

“One of the long standing commitments within the Exelon family is hiring veterans,” said David Vosvick, vice president of human resources at Pepco Holdings. He is also a military family member as one of his son’s is a recent graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point.

A few years ago the company signed an unofficial agreement that “10 percent of our hires are going to be military hires,” according to Vosvick.

“And we have lived up to that and exceeded that,” he said. “Just last year, 12 percent of Exelon hires came from the military.”

Why hire veterans

“Hiring a veteran is a very easy decision for a Fortune 100 company such as Exelon” or locally like Pepco Holdings, he said.

Vosvick listed several of the qualities that veterans have that Pepco is interested in include discipline, exhaustive training, sticking to work practices and procedures, safety conscientious, and working as team players.

Careers at Pepco

“There’s a litany of jobs that veterans fit very neatly into in the utility industry and within our company,” Vosvick said.

For officers, he said they may be interested in jobs such as human resources, information technology organization, and computer and physical security areas.

For those with more of a technical background, Pepco will train them for jobs such as overhead mechanics, underground mechanics, gas mechanics, system relay and control, or system operations.

Veteran Experience

David Vosvick, vice president of human resources at Pepco Holdings, and Navy veteran Aaron Smith, manager of special field operations at Pepco Holdings. Photo by Caitlin Kenney, ConnectingVets

Aaron Smith is the manager of special field operations at Pepco Holdings and served in the Navy as an officer in the civil engineer corps, primarily focused on engineering and construction work.

After leaving the Navy and working for the Department of Defense, Smith decided he wanted to apply his skills from college as an electrical engineer in the civilian sector. He joined Pepco in 2014.

When he applied to Pepco, the human resources department responded by encouraging him to apply for another job based on his skills in program and construction management.

“I believe they looked at my resume. When they brought me in, they kind of really opened a door, after I did my interview with them, to understand some of my capabilities,” Smith said. “And so I felt like it was a great fit.”

Exelon and its companies also have employee resource groups, including one for veterans, where they meet, share common goals, and work in their community, according to Vosvick.

Veteran tips

For veterans pursuing a civilian job or career change, Vosvick recommended you “sit back and think about the skills and training that you received in the military.”

Using an infantry officer as an example, he said they should think back on all of their assignments, feedback from leadership, as well as peer coaching during their military career. Then, they should talk with people in human resources like himself-- as well as family and friends—to understanding how their skills can transfer well into the company.

“So when you get into that interview it all makes sense and you can link your skills to the work that you will be doing with your future employer,” Vosvick said.

If you are interested in a career at Pepco Holdings, view their military veterans section here.