Love The Midwest? Check Out These 6 Vet-Friendly Companies Hiring There Now

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Transitioning from the military can be a wide open-opportunity to either return to your home of record or expand your horizons to relocate to a new area, full of possibility. Known for its changing seasons, lower cost of living, contrasting small-town charms, and urban centers of commerce, the Midwest is a great place to explore your next career adventure. Thousands of positions are currently available for veterans of varying levels of experience and expertise in the states of Illinois, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska, and Wisconsin. Here are six military-friendly Hirepurpose partner companies with positions open now in the Midwestern region.


Medical, retail, information technology, business management and internship roles with Walgreens

Walgreens, one of the nation’s top pharmacy, wellness and beauty companies, is looking for qualified veterans to fill medical, retail, administrative, information technology, and business management positions. Former military service members and their spouses who have experience as doctors, pharmacists, and nurses or in the fields of administration, marketing and public relations, data analytics, or information engineering and management are in high demand. Jobs range from entry-level retail positions to specialized medical, IT and business management roles, requiring the varying levels of education. Walgreens also has several exceptional internship opportunities, complete with training and work experience for individuals who are finishing up their degrees in computer science, business or related disciplines and have a 3.0 grade point average or higher. These internships, located in the Chicago area, often lead to an offer for full-time employment and are a good way to get your foot in the door with an expanding, cutting-edge wellness and beauty company that values the skills, discipline, and leadership culture that veterans bring to the table.

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Finance, computer science, web development, business management and medical billing roles with Robert Half

Robert Half is the world’s largest and oldest specialized staffing firm, founded in 1948. They have a long history of supporting veterans and their families and work to match individuals with positions in organizations operating in all industries, from startups to Fortune 1000 companies. Veterans and military family members who are looking for flexibility will want to explore the many full-time, contract, remote, part-time and consulting roles they have open today in many specialty areas across the Midwestern states. Jobs are suited to veterans of all ranks and include opportunity in information technology, web development and computer science, accounting, finance, banking, business management, data analytics, medical billing, coding and more.

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Engineeringing, project management and product testing, marketing, and business roles with Baxter

If a role with an international medical and hospital equipment company interests you, you should definitely explore a career with Baxter International, Inc. A culture of service and a commitment to the higher purpose of saving lives will make veterans feel right at home with this essential company. Baxter has a robust veterans recruiting program and places a high value on inclusiveness, diversity and supporting veterans as they transition to the business world. Most jobs require at least a bachelor’s degree and specialized experience, while some internships are available that require some college and at least a 3.0 grade-point average. Those veterans who served in military occupational specialties such as operations specialist, information technology officer, operations officer, technology engineer, technology officer, logistics specialist or officer, public relations specialist or officer will find their skills transferrable to many of these positions.

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Systems engineering, welding, human resources, product assembly, customer service, and environmental science roles with Johnson Controls

Operating in 150 countries, Johnson Controls is a leader in technology and industrial services. Johnson Controls has a great track record of supporting military communities with its veterans engagement team, and has pledged to hire veterans as part of the Veterans Job Mission. From product assembly to human resources to environmental science, there are a variety of jobs and internships in the Midwestern states that may be of interest to veterans and their family members. Some jobs in customer service, warehousing, or product assembly have a low barrier to entry, requiring the ability to pay attention to details and a high school diploma or associate's degree. Other positions working in the areas of welding, business management, information technology, systems engineering, environmental management, process improvement, and sales require a bachelor’s degree or higher and specific experience, training or education. Internships are available for veterans pursuing both undergraduate and graduate degrees in the Milwaukee area.

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Warehouse, operations, welding, driver, sales and business management positions with Airgas

Airgas, one of the nation's leading suppliers of industrial, medical and specialty gases is seeking motivated and experienced veterans to join its team in the Midwest region. Openings are available in many desireable locations like Chicago; St. Louis; Madison, Wisconsin; and more. Positions range from entry-level loading, counter and customer-service positions to executive-level account, sales, and plant management. Veterans with welding skills, the ability to operate a forklift, excellent communication skills, and logistical acumen should look into these opportunities. Airgas has demonstrated its commitment to helping veterans and military families through its active veterans recruitment program and its ongoing support of Operation Homefront. Its culture of diversity and service, coupled with its pledge to develop its employees is one that would be familiar and comfortable for veterans looking to begin a new adventure in the civilian world.

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Accounting, finance, information technology and customer service positions with Guggenheim - Chicago and Indianapolis

If you are a military veteran or family member with financial, information engineering or assurance, customer service, or sales expertise, then you should definitely explore the opportunities with Guggenheim Partners, a global advisory and investment firm. Highly lucrative positions are available in both Chicago and Indianapolis. Candidates with an associate's or bachelor’s degree in business, a head for numbers, relationship-building skills, and the ability to interact with the public are well-suited to customer service roles. Those veterans who served as finance specialists or officers would be great matches for their accounting, auditing or financial management roles — several years of experience plus a bachelor’s degree are required to apply for most jobs. Several senior-level information assurance or engineering roles as well as technology and data management positions are open right now. These opportunities would be great for former service members of senior enlisted or officer ranks who have bachelor’s degrees or higher. With one of the company’s seven core values being integrity and another being innovation, veterans will fit right at home on the Guggenheim Partners team.

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Editor's Note: This article by Hope Hodge Seck originally appeared on Military.com, a leading source of news for the military and veteran community.

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