Hoffman Estates-based Sears Holdings announced today that it anticipates hiring 6,500 veterans and military spouses in 2014. The hiring goal builds on the more than 6,000 veterans and spouses hired in 2013, and nearly doubles the 3,500 hired in 2012. The company currently employs more than 30,000 veteran associates, many of whom are still serving in the National Guard and the Reserve forces.
"Sears Holdings has long been recognized as one of the country's leading military employers," said Dean Carter, chief human resources officer, Sears Holdings. "We look forward welcoming another 6,500 veterans and military spouses to the company as they start a rewarding career with us."
Sears Holdings surpassed its 2013 goal to hire 6,000 veterans and veteran spouses. These associates joined the company in a variety of roles, including store manager, category manager and marketing project manager. The company's efforts to bring talented veterans into leadership roles is gaining traction as it realized a 20 percent increase in salaried veteran hires from 2012 to 2013, and plans to continue that trend moving forward.