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Chesapeake creates hiring initiative for veterans

Published: December 7, 2012 9:31 AM
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In 2012, Chesapeake Energy Corporation created a military hiring initiative and hired more than 600 veterans for high-paying, quality jobs in the oil and natural gas industry.

This initiative formalizes Chesapeakes commitment to hiring former and active military personnel for positions ranging from rig workers to engineers and geologists.

Chesapeake is an American company that is a top producer of American oil and natural gas. Creating American jobs and hiring veterans to work in our oil and gas fields and in our offices has become central to our recruiting strategy, said Martha Burger, Chesapeake senior vice president human and corporate resources. Veterans perform well in our industry and share our companys commitment to energy independence. We hope to honor their talent, experience and military service with rewarding careers, while easing their transition to civilian life.

The team of recruiters that leads Chesapeakes military hiring initiative focuses most of its efforts on job fairs held on military bases and offers veterans direct access to recruiters through a veterans-only e-mail address.

Of the more than 600 veterans hired this year, many filled positions in the field. Performance Technologies, a Chesapeake affiliate, recruited veterans to make up more than 30 percent of its 2012 new hires. Veterans also filled one in five Chesapeake Operating jobs in 2012.

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Mike Hostetler joined Chesapeake in January as a field engineer after serving six years active duty in the United States Air Force. Working out of Chesapeakes Canton office eased Hostetlers transition to civilian life.

Chesapeakes core values reflect many of my own personal and professional values, Hostetler said. There are plenty of companies that appear to shy away from hiring veterans, claiming that our skill sets arent easily translatable. Fortunately, Chesapeake sees service members as we are; unpretentious leaders, attentive professionals and people that get the job done. The company not only recognizes the value of my active duty military experience, but also provides opportunities to enhance that experience in a challenging and rewarding industry.

At Chesapeake, support for veterans goes beyond hiring. In 2012, the company created a Troop Connect program to provide resources and networking opportunities to veterans within Chesapeake.

As we hired more veterans, we came to realize the value that they gain by having a way to connect with each other. Through Chesapeakes Troop Connect program, we are able to provide an avenue for our veterans and their families to share common experiences and form a strong community, said Burger.

For more information or to view available jobs, see www.chk.com/careers. Veterans may also contact chkmilitary@chk.com.

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