Veterans Infuse CVS Health with Talent and Unique Skills
David Casey, Vice President, Workforce Strategies and Chief Diversity Officer for CVS Health, discusses the company’s efforts to recruit and hire our nation’s veterans. He is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and served in Operation Desert Storm.
Companies around the world now compete globally for scarce technical and professional skills. The challenge is particularly acute in health care, where it is projected that by 2020, 5.6 million new jobs will be created, which may lead to a sizeable shortage in pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants – the same highly skilled workers we need to run our business.
We believe our nation’s veterans are a powerful resource for building a robust pipeline of skilled talent and expertise to sustain our success, and with millions of service members transitioning out of the military over the next few years, we’re committed to hiring veterans, current National Guard and Reserve members and military spouses across all parts of our business. I personally understand the challenge of having to look for your next career opportunity after returning from a military deployment.
Veterans bring with them a sense of discipline, integrity and a bias for action that makes them reliable and accountable team members across all parts of the business. We have colleagues from many functions engaged in helping to identify innovative ways to facilitate veterans’ successful transition from the service while exploring meaningful career paths with CVS Health, including:
Recruiting veterans with skills that are directly transferable to job functions at CVS Health such as distribution and logistics, as well as veterans with leadership skills that can be transferred into management positions within the company, such as store managers.
Training veterans without a college degree for pharmacy technician positions and other roles.
Offering support networks, such as VALOR, our colleague resource group dedicated to helping veterans. With nearly 500 active members across the country, both veterans and non-veterans are invited to join.
Providing mentoring, performance management and assistance with individual development plans to help advance their careers at CVS Health.
Creating a military career web page to help with veteran hiring initiatives and provide relevant content for the military community, as well as help veterans see what career paths may make the most sense for them at CVS Health.
Required training programs to assist our talent acquisition teams and hiring managers in understanding how to recruit and hire veterans into meaningful positions within our company, as well as manage military talent once hired.
Watch this video to learn more about how veterans at our company are helping people on their path to better health.