Today's veterans bring unique abilities and experience to the civilian workforce, including hard-to-teach skills like loyalty, dedication, self-motivation, sustained performance under pressure, respect for procedures, and the ability to work as a team. Isn't that the kind of person you're looking for as your next hire?
To make it in the military, it’s important for service members to follow orders quickly and effectively. While civilian employers in Portland, Oregon value people who can bring new ideas and challenge the status quo (also traits military veterans bring to the table), they also need to hire candidates who can finish tasks and complete projects according to the instructions they get.
When you hire a veteran as an employee, you can expect the job to be done right the first time around. At We Hire Heroes, we understand your need for staff who can follow orders, and we believe that hiring veterans is the secret to developing a competent workforce for the future.
Portland is the largest and most populous city in the U.S. state of Oregon, and a major port in the Willamette Valley region. Approximately 2.4 million people live in the metropolitan area, which is recognized as one of the world's most environmentally conscious cities. It has high walkability, a large community of bicyclists, farm-to-table dining, an expansive network of public transportation options, and over 10,000 acres of public parks. Portland is regularly rated highly in quality of life, with its climate of warm, dry summers and cool, rainy winters.
Portland's relatively low energy costs, accessible resources, multidirectional Interstates, air terminals, shipping facilities, and intercontinental railroads are all economic advantages. The city also enjoys political stability and an active economy. Shipping is a large part of the economic activity and the port is the largest wheat shipper in the U.S. The steel industry has played a significant role since the 1950s, and more than 1,200 technology companies including Intel call the metro home.
The tech industry provides many of the jobs in Portland, with Intel being the largest employer. The company provides work for more than 15,000 people across several campuses in Hillsboro. Known locally as Silicon Forest because of the number of trees and the prevalence of technological companies, Portland is also popular with startups and other software companies. Footwear supplier Nike has its headquarters in the city, and a number of other sportswear manufacturers have local offices there. Portland has a robust coffee culture that rivals Seattle, and is home to 139 breweries and microbreweries.
If you served in the U.S. military or are a spouse of a veteran, you can qualify for Oregon’s Priority of Service program, which priority referrals to jobs and other employment and training services over non-veteran applicants with the same qualifications. With the high density of tech jobs in Portland, it’s the ideal place to transition from a military career to one in technology. There are also still a number of steel and metal companies active in the region, which means jobs are available for blue-collar workers as well as managerial staff.
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