Recruiting talent: Our new collaboration with Google Cloud will help veterans map their skills to open jobs

Tuesday, August 28, 2018 9:36 am EDT

By:

Barbara Humpton, CEO, Siemens USA

Siemens works in both the physical and virtual worlds. Our company advances critical infrastructure and hardware that supports modern life, from power plants to rail systems and buildings. But now we also rank among the top-10 software companies in the world, as we help customers leverage data and master the Internet of Things.

This adds up to a tremendous need for advanced, highly technical skills across our 60 American manufacturing, digital and R&D sites. 

With more than 1,500 open positions across the United States, our call is constantly out for new people to join our team – from welders to coders … from machinists to software engineers and data scientists. Siemens is looking for people who not only have a passion for software, manufacturing, or engineering, but who want to work with us in our broader mission to positively impact the world.

That’s why our recruiting efforts place a big emphasis on the men and women whose first mission was dedicated to protecting us and keeping our nation safe: our U.S. military veterans.

Since 2011, Siemens has hired more than 2,500 veterans – exceeding our initial commitment by more than 600 percent. Then, last year, we doubled down on our commitment through a goal to hire at least 300 veterans every year for the next three years.

Now, with Google, we’re taking another step forward in our recruiting efforts by making sure veterans can find us. By becoming an early adopter of the Google Cloud Talent Solution –enabled by our partner Jibe – on our jobs website, Siemens will enable job-seeking veterans to easily map their skills to our open positions.

Here’s how it works: When searching for jobs, veterans use a U.S. Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) code that corresponds with skillsets they developed during their service. With the Google Cloud Talent Solution job search feature, our jobs website now enables veterans to enter their MOS, ASFC, or NEC code to simplify their search process, translating their comprehensive technical training and military experience to civilian terminology.   

Currently, more than 60 percent of our veterans at Siemens work in disciplines that require a background in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, mathematics). They’re joining us in a range of roles – from corporate leadership to project management, field service, and manufacturing. Our veterans today provide technical field service support, run automation systems, and help customers deploy next-generation power systems.

We also provide the training for veterans with an engineering and manufacturing background to work in our industrial software business, which reflects Siemens’ broader commitment to skills training and U.S. workforce development.

We want to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to get the training and education they need to succeed in the digital age. Siemens continues to invest $50 million annually in the continuing education of our workforce. Furthermore, since last year, Siemens has doubled the reach of our advanced manufacturing apprenticeship program to a total of 9 states.

All companies have a responsibility to help veterans transition successfully into the civilian workforce, and to live the American dream they bravely defended. But ultimately, the veterans we hire are helping us. They come to us with strong technical training. They’re natural leaders who add value to our business.

We have great partnerships to advance our veterans commitment. Siemens supports Hire Heroes, a veteran employment service organization, and works with Orion Talent, a military recruiting leader.

We’re hopeful now that our newest collaboration, with Google, will help us to continue bringing more veterans into our ranks in the years to come.

 

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