Published in the July/August 2010 issue of print Search & Employ® |
Pattie Kerins, a human resources manager for Amtrak, has looked into her corporate crystal ball and seen an army of veterans coming on board to replace employees who will retire soon. “Ridership keeps building,” she said. “Our trains are busy; everybody knows it’s easier than driving. This is the perfect time for a veteran to join us, learn the ropes, and then be in place to take over an exciting position.”
As the nation’s intercity passenger rail operator, Amtrak has 21,000 route-miles in 46 states, the District of Columbia, and three Canadian provinces. It operates more than 300 trains each day — at speeds up to 150 mph — to more than 500 destinations. From October 2008 to September 2009, Amtrak had over 27.1 million passengers, the second largest annual total in Amtrak history.
“We’ve got jobs available all over the place,” Kerins asserted. “And the best part of working for Amtrak is that it becomes a part of who you are. Our employees are dedicated and have a sense of pride in doing what they do. I think veterans can identify with that. They will also understand that everyone has to do their jobs for our trains to keep running every day. No matter how big or small, we all play a role. That’s how the military is, too.”