Starbucks wants to hire 10K vets, active duty spouses

Seattle – Starbucks says it will develop a comprehensive hiring platform for veterans and active duty spouses in response to record growth and in anticipation of a 500,000-person future global workforce. This multi-year hiring and career development strategy will focus on establishing an internal infrastructure dedicated to matching the transferable skill sets of veterans and military spouses with the specific talent needed across the Starbucks enterprise.

It will also build upon and expand the company’s specialized mentoring programs as provided via the Armed Forces Network (AFN) since 2007. Starbucks is also offering a job skills translator for veterans on its website and operating “community stores” in Lakewood, Wash. and San Antonio, sharing a portion of each transaction with non-profit programs Operation GoodJobs and Vested in Vets as part of a commitment to establish five such stores in joint base communities around the country.

“The value we are creating for shareholders is tied to the values that guide us as an organization,” said Howard Schultz, president, chairman and CEO of Starbucks. “As I look at the opportunity ahead of us, we’re going to need to hire men and women with like-minded values and the right job skills in order to continue our current levels of growth. The more than one million transitioning U.S. veterans and almost one and half million military spouses, with their diverse background and experience, share our mission-driven sensibility and work ethic and can build long-term careers at Starbucks as they return home.”

Starbucks currently employs roughly 100,000 people globally.

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