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Company reminds public of initiatives to hire veterans for jobs in Chicago

An Illinois company is shedding light on its effort to hire veterans for jobs in Chicago.

The Strive Group, an integrated merchandising supply chain company servicing the retail and consumer packaged goods sector, will celebrate Veterans Day with a formal tribute from CEO Jeff Sharfstein to honor and thank the company’s many veteran employees for their service to the country and the company. The day also serves as a reminder of the company’s efforts to recruit, hire and retain veterans at all levels of the organization.

According to The Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate in October among recent veterans was 12 percent, up from an average of 10.5 percent in 2010 and well above the national unemployment rate of 9 percent. Knowing this and with an understanding of the unique, valuable skills veterans bring to the workplace, The Strive Group actively recruits military veterans. The Strive Group supports recruitment and employment of U.S. Veterans. Strive also offers resources within the company committed to helping veterans assimilate into civilian work life and succeed in their positions.

This commitment means more Illinois jobs for those who have served our country.

“Discipline, work ethic, and a clear, goal-oriented approach to their job are just a few of the qualities that make veterans exceptional employees,” said Sharfstein. “Hiring veterans is a priority at Strive and our experience is that they add value to the company in every respect.”

Currently, The Strive Group employs approximately 30 veterans representing all branches of the U.S. armed forces. They fill positions throughout the organization, representing a diverse set of functions, from maintenance and administration, to engineering, quality and shipping. In addition, Annette Groenink, a former U.S. Marine Corps. officer who served in the U.S. and Korea as part of Marine Air Group 24, is The Strive Group’s Chief Operating Officer.

“One of my top objectives at Strive was helping our organization see what value a veteran can bring and how to assess that during the interview process,” said Groenink. “The skills gained in the military can be subtle when viewed on a resume — discipline, integrity, technical aptitude — but translate well into a corporate environment.”

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