6 Veteran-Friendly Companies With Job Openings In San Diego And Los Angeles

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Los Angeles is known for its glitz, glamour and fast-paced lifestyle, as well as its geographical beauty and amazing weather. I mean who doesn’t want to ride a bike on the beach in November? The fairly recent addition of rail transportation and the movement toward outdoor markets that feature local products and organic produce makes the area even better place to live. For veterans who are looking to explore the option of making the Golden State home, there are multiple opportunities to start a post-military career with some very veteran-friendly companies in Los Angeles, San Diego, and the vicinity. From high-level security to computer science or sales, there is something for everyone. Veterans will feel especially at home amid the range of diversity of culture and people that can be found in the area, coupled with a large military presence in greater San Diego.

If you are a transitioning veteran or family member who is thinking of making Los Angeles or San Diego your next adventure, you will definitely want to look at these six companies that are partnered with Hirepurpose.

Security, information technology and administration jobs with Gavin de Becker in Los Angeles

Founded in 1978, Gavin de Becker is a high-end security company that provides services to at-risk public figures across the country and the world. From close security to investigations to elite command centers, Gavin de Becker employees are experts in the field, often lecturing and teaching on executive and physical security techniques and issues. Those veterans who served as military policemen, special operatives, intelligence officers, or in any type of security role would find this work both rewarding and exciting. Administrative and information technology jobs are also available with the company and would be a good way for former yeomen, administrative specialists, data analysts, or computer operators to utilize their military training in a lucrative and intriguing new career.

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Technology, project management and content creation jobs with LinkedIn in Carpinteria

Chances are if you are looking for a job, you are aware of LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional networking site with over 400 million members across the globe. LinkedIn has really gone above and beyond to help the military community and currently has 1.9 million military members and veterans that use their service. The company is not just dedicated to hiring veterans, it has also created a resource-rich veterans page and offers U.S. armed forces members and veterans a free one-year job seeker subscription. With its recent acquisition of Lynda.com, an interactive online training provider, LinkedIn seeking to add some dynamic system engineers, video editors, project managers, writers, content editors and account executives to their team in Carpinteria, California. Carpinteria is a coastal community that boasts beautiful beaches, mountain views and small town charm. Service members of all ranks who have been trained as mass communications specialists, public relations specialists or officers, broadcast journalists, data analysts, or information technology technicians or specialists will find their skills transferrable here.

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Computer science and sales positions with AT&T; in L.A. and San Diego

AT&T;, a premier telecommunications company and one of the most honored companies in the world, has a wonderful reputation for supporting veterans and their families. AT&T; is part of the Veterans Jobs Mission and has been named one of the nation’s 100 top military-friendly employers by Victoria Media many years running. It has a robust veterans recruiting program, complete with job search advisor sessions that allow veterans to connect its military talent attraction team. In the Los Angeles region alone, AT&T; has currently 79 positions open in many specialties, ranging from computer science and programming to administration and sales. Veterans who would like to leverage their commitment to service, leadership and technical skills should definitely explore a career with with this amazing company that has their best interests at the core of what they do.

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Creative contract jobs with Aquent in California

Veterans and their family members who possess creative backgrounds, education, and experience in areas like graphic design, public relations, copy writing, digital design and programming will be pleased to see that Aquent, a leading staffing firm that connects top companies with highly skilled creative talent on a contract basis has a large amount of position openings in the Golden State. Great locations like Glendale, Pasadena, Santa Monica, and Los Angeles are available. Aquent values the creativity, technical acumen and discipline that former armed-service members and their families bring to the table. If you thrive in a collaborative and entrepreneurial environment then you should most definitely explore these openings today.

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Sales and account management roles with T-Mobile in Los Angeles

T-Mobile, a leading communications company that has been celebrated for its commitment to veterans, is currently looking for talented people to join its sales teams across in Los Angeles and the surrounding areas. The company proudly serves approximately 43 million wireless subscribers and provides products and services through 70,000 points of distribution. Former soldiers, sailors airmen and Marines who have a desire to learn and a familiarity with the sales cycle would be a great fit for many of these positions. If your occupational specialty centered around sales (recruiting) or customer service (personnel, supply, administration or related) you would be a great match here. A bold and enthusiastic personality is a must. Bilingual candidates are desired for some positions. T-Mobile fosters an inclusive environment, great benefits, phone discounts, and significant growth opportunities in a stable and expanding industry.

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Jobs with Adecco across all sectors in Los Angeles, California

Adecco, the world’s leading staffing agency, has developed the Adecco Military Alliance, a partnership between Adecco and military installations around the country to recruit and hire military spouses and veterans. Aspects of the program include a variety of transition services from resume enhancement to career counseling. Adecco is also a proud supporter of the Army Reserve Private Public Partnership, Hiring Our Heroes, and the Military Spouse Employment Partnership. In the L.A. region, Adecco has partnered with a variety of companies to connect transitioning service members, military spouses, and other members of the military community with positions across all sectors. Roles are extremely varied, offering opportunity to all types of people and include medical, technical, administrative, banking, manufacturing, accounting, computer science, facilities management positions and much more. Adecco is a great place to start for both veterans and their family members who are looking for temp-to-hire, permanent, or contract positions.

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