CVS Health recognizes the value of military service and knows that our veterans' skills and experience are unparalleled. With millions of service members transitioning out of the military over the next few years, we're committed to hiring qualified veterans, current Guard and Reserve members and military spouses across all parts of our business.
As part of our commitment to supporting our nation's military, CVS Health is taking part in the Joining Forces initiative. This White House program asks companies to give service members and their families job opportunities and support.
Through this program, CVS Health has committed to hire veterans and military spouses for 25 percent of our new hires in logistics and distribution centers, which equates to roughly 1,000 jobs.
With more than 200,000 colleagues across the country, CVS Health has many employees who are veterans themselves or who support veterans. As a result, CVS Health established VALOR, a national colleague resource group. VALOR works to support veterans in our communities and create a veteran-welcoming work environment.
The group's goals are to support programs that honor veterans and their families and to make CVS Health an industry-recognized employer of veterans.
CVS Health is recognized as one of the top employers of military, veterans, and their families by organizations such as DiversityInc, the Rhode Island Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) and the Secretary of Defense. Learn more about how our programs and commitment to our nation's military have been acknowledged here.
My professional network alerted me to opportunities at CVS Health. I would probably never have considered the company, but a close friend encouraged me to apply for my current position and opened a door or two to get me that first interview. After that, it was up to me to execute. But we all need that first invite to the game.
The military was a calling and a family and I loved all 26 years. I wanted to find a company that could provide a similar atmosphere. I interviewed with several companies before accepting this position. Most were interested in my personal rolodex and wanted me to sell their product to the Air Force. CVS Health asked me to come onboard and help them improve their team and pursue their purpose, which is helping people on their path to better health. Relating IT to that purpose can be confusing, but in disaster recovery, we plan and prepare for the worst so that a crisis does not impact our patients and customers.
Network, network, network. Online job sites and applications are great but the personal touch closes the deal. Build your personal and professional network now. As soon as you decide to separate or retire, start working on your resume and revitalize your network. Keep in touch with others who have gone before you and get trusted mentors to review your resume and help you gain that initial interview.
I develop inventory flow plans to support 7,800 U.S.-based stores. I work with suppliers to insure uninterrupted supply of products through a complex supply chain involving logistics, warehousing and store ops. I support category business goals and provide relevant counsel to merchandizing partners to optimize inventory distribution and flow. I work to develop a high-performing team that collaborates with cross-functional stakeholders to deliver predictable business results. I drive a high level of service at the store and distribution center level across over-the-counter and pharmacy categories.
Be engaged (active participation) in your job. Get "role clarity" and understand your expected deliverables.
Be clear on your assigned responsibilities and accountabilities and understand the difference between the two.
Know who your internal and external customers are and how you impact each other. Develop relationships with key stakeholders throughout your organization.
Identify mentors with diverse company and industry experience and leverage them when business ambiguity is present.
Listen twice, speak once.