AT&T steps up efforts to hire veterans

AT&T launches new website, in hopes of hiring more veterans, reservists.
by Paula Burkes Published: July 22, 2012

AT&T Oklahoma launched a new online web portal,, to help Oklahoma active duty military and veterans match their skills with current AT&T job openings.

AT&T Oklahoma, which employs about 4,000 statewide, has about 50 current openings, listed at, spokesman Charlie Price said. And many require the telecommunications and other skills that servicemen and women acquire, he said.

“We need people with strong theoretical and practical electrical, mechanical and automotive installation and maintenance backgrounds to design, install and maintain our infrastructure,” Price said. Navy turbine and power generation mechanics are great examples of military personnel with like skills, he said.

The armed forces, Price said, have many professional counterparts in the corporate world, from personnel, or human resources specialists, to financial analysts and public affairs officers.

AT&T's new portal “isn't just about filling a job opening,” said Bryan Gonterman, Oklahoma president. “It's about honoring and respecting the service the military and veterans have given our country,” Gonterman said.

AT&T has partnered with Oklahoma Secretary of Veterans Affairs Rita Aragon and the state commerce department's veterans' hiring portal, through which veterans can click to the company's website for military and veterans.

Aragon said military personnel earn “self discipline and integrity, and most are very motivated, have strong work ethics and can work independently.”

by Paula Burkes
A 1981 journalism graduate of Oklahoma State University, Paula Burkes has more than 30 years experience writing and editing award-winning material for newspapers and healthcare, educational and telecommunications institutions in Tulsa, Oklahoma...
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OSU honored for hiring veterans

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