Groupon’s veterans employee resource group recently hosted a career day targeted at men and women transitioning out of the military looking to fine tune their skills and find the next exciting professional opportunity.
We kicked off the day with a Lunch & Learn inviting veterans and employees to join us as we heard from entrepreneurs from Bunker Labs – an incubator to house veteran-owned technology companies – in a panel discussion. Panelists included:
- Justin Walker – Director of Programs, Bunker Labs
- Michael Hubbard – Mentor at Bunker Labs & President of the Chicago Veterans Leadership Council
- Michael Keppen – Entrepreneur at Bunker Labs & Founder of Thrive Project for America
After a great chat with these inspiring folks, our group of veterans worked with Human Resources professionals from our Recruiting and Talent Development teams to participate in professional development workshops focusing on translating their work done in the military to a professional setting, resume building and LinkedIn, interview skills, and networking 101.
We wrapped up the fun-filled day with a Career Fair and Networking Event where veterans got the opportunity to mingle with Groupon employees and learn about the different department that make this company a well-oiled machine.
Groupon employee and Marine, Greg Jumes, mentioned,”Looking for a job sucked. You feel lost and unsure about your life; because up until your separation date, you have had everything laid out for you. I’m proud to be working for a company that is pro-active in the hiring of veterans and assisting them in professional development via workshops and events. I feel that I’m still able to serve my brothers and sisters in arms from a civilian position.”
Groupon for Veterans is proud to support and provide professional development opportunities for those who have served our country and are looking forward to hosting more events like this in the future!
Groupon is committed to hiring and cultivating a diverse talent pool to continue driving business results across engineering and the company at large. With continued growth and expansion, positioning ourselves for the future is more critical than ever. Groupon’s commitment to diversity spreads across the board. Diversity in people, perspectives, and tools creates an environment of innovation, development, and support that fuels our ability to best serve our customers.
The mission of Groupon for Veterans is to educate the community on Groupon’s core values and desire to give back to those that have served and continue to serve. Our goal is to draw on the professional skills associated with military service through active marketing and community engagement. Groupon for Veterans has an open membership which includes veterans, those currently on active duty, their families, and anyone who supports those who serve our country.