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Cisco, AT&T, Verizon and EMC are among the companies that have joined an initiative called the "100,000 Jobs Mission" to reduce unemployment among veterans, reports Computerworld.


The plan, created by JPMorgan Chase, is to hire 100,000 military personnel leaving active duty by the end of 2020 and more immediately, to hire 20,000 by the end of 2012.


While the U.S. unemployment rate was 8.9 percent in February, it's 15.2 percent for veterans who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.


AT&T spokesman Mark Siegel is quoted saying:

The technical skills and leadership experience gained in the military transfer well to our company and culture.

That may be true, but Alesia Benedict, president and CEO of getinterviews.com told me that veterans' resumes too often don't "build a bridge" between their military experience and civilian jobs. Their resumes tend to be laden with "military-speak" that civilian employers don't understand, and so are likely to dismiss. She urges veterans to step back and more clearly explain how their experience in the military can be used to solve companies' current problems.