Just as it celebrates the two-year anniversary of its FORCES program, Edward Jones was also recently named a 2014 Most Valuable Employer (MVE) for Military by CivilianJobs.com, which recognizes the St. Louis-based firm’s deep commitment to recruiting, training and retaining military veterans as financial advisors.
Since launching in May 2012, Edward Jones has hired 931 military veterans as advisors under its FORCES program, which is designed specifically for those veterans who do not have a financial services background “but possess the skills and competencies” that Edward Jones says it seeks.
“We look for people who understand the value of maximizing their efforts in exchange for greater results and rewards,” Jim Weddle, managing partner of Edward Jones, said in a statement.
Edward Jones now has 1,500 financial advisors with prior military experience running branches across the country — and is actively seeking new advisors to help as it adds more branches nationwide.
Weddle said the firm was “incredibly humbled by the recognition from CivilianJobs.com, an organization that shares our dedication to connect military veterans with civilian careers.”
Veterans, who are “trained to work collaboratively to find appropriate solutions in difficult situations,” is a “transferable skill [that] is extremely attractive to our firm, as our financial advisors are committed to providing solutions to help individual investors make important decisions about their financial lives,” Weddle said.
In addition to CivilianJobs.com, G.I. Jobs has also recognized Edward Jones and the FORCES program on its 2014 “Military Friendly Employer” list, and Military Times EDGE ranked the firm on its 2013 “Best for Vets” ranking.
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