Office Depot Partners with the U.S. Army to Recruit Veterans
Company Signs Agreement with the U.S. Army Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS) Program to Aid Soldiers in Securing Jobs after Military Service
BOCA RATON, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Office Depot, Inc. (NYSE: ODP), a leading global provider of office supplies and services, today announced that the Company has finalized an agreement with the U.S. Army Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS) Program. The unique program will provide Office Depot (ODP) with a source of highly qualified applicants for potential employment following their service in the military. It also serves as an additional recruiting incentive that increases the Army's ability to man the force. To commemorate the partnership, Office Depot held a ceremonial signing at its global headquarters in Boca Raton, Fla.
Lieutenant Colonel Jose F. Melgarejo, Jr. and Robyn Tyler, Vice President of Global Talent Management for Office Depot, Celebrate the Company's Partnership with the U.S. Army PaYS Program (Photo credit: US Army Recruiting Battalion Miami)
Were very excited about our alliance with the U.S. Army PaYS Program, said Robyn Tyler, Vice President of Global Talent Management for Office Depot. This program will provide us with a steady stream of great candidates who are motivated, experienced, and qualified, and can be placed in a variety of positions at Office Depot, whether in our headquarters, stores, or in the field.
The U.S. Army PaYS Program, which began in 2000, guarantees a soldier an interview with a PaYS partner employer once he or she decides to re-enter the civilian workforce. The Army is confident that the soldier will be an asset to any company or organization since the tangible and intangible traits of the Army soldier are desirable attributes that are heavily sought after.
Our partnership is a win-win for both the soldiers and Office Depot, said Lieutenant Colonel Jose F. Melgarejo, Jr. Office Depot has a need for certain skills that our soldiers can provide, such as integrity, loyalty, and dedication; and for soldiers transitioning out of the Army, they get to go right into another great organization where they can add value.
To learn more about career opportunities at Office Depot, visit http://jobs.officedepot.com.
About the Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS) Program
The Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS) Program is a strategic partnership between the US Army and a cross section of corporations, companies, and public sector agencies. The program provides America's youth with an opportunity to serve their country while they prepare for their future.
This unique program is part of the Army's effort to partner with America's business community and reconnect America with the Army. The intent of the PaYS Program is to provide an additional recruiting incentive to increase the Army's ability to man the force. Having a job with a leading employer using a skill learned in the Army makes the PaYS Program attractive to young people.
About Office Depot
Office Depot provides office supplies and services through 1,678 worldwide retail stores, a dedicated sales force, top-rated catalogs, and global e-commerce operations. Office Depot has annual sales of approximately $11.5 billion, employs about 39,000 associates, and serves customers in 61 countries around the world.
Office Depots common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol ODP. Additional press information can be found at: http://mediarelations.officedepot.com and http://socialpress.officedepot.com/.
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Source: Office DepotCopyright Business Wire 2012