Ryder System, Inc., has launched a new military recruiting website to help veterans easily match their military skills with open positions at the commercial transportation and supply chain management solutions provider. The new website is part of Ryder's commitment to hire 1,000 military veterans by 2013.

The website — www.ryder.com/military — enables veteran applicants to search for jobs by geography, keyword, or job title. Veterans can access an automated feature that enables them to search for jobs according to their specific Military Occupation Specialty (MOS) or Military Occupation Code (MOC). Once a veteran enters his or her MOS/MOC into Ryder’s search engine, it will automatically filter the search to display open positions at Ryder that specifically match that job code.

“One of the key challenges facing veterans is understanding how to communicate their unique military experiences and skills in terms that are relevant to the civilian workforce,” said Kirk Imhof, Ryder's group director of staffing and former First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army, Military Intelligence Corps. “Using military terminology will make it easier for talented service members to immediately find and apply for jobs at Ryder for which they are uniquely qualified.”

Ryder currently has more than 670 job openings across all states in the U.S.

Approximately 8% of Ryder’s current U.S. workforce is made up of military veterans, including employees who are actively serving in the National Guard and reserve.

“As a leader in transportation and logistics, Ryder has long benefitted from hiring military veterans, drawing upon their distinct logistical, mechanical, and management skills learned through military service to help fill a variety of roles important to the company's operations including diesel mechanics, professional truck drivers, logistics managers, and other professional support positions,” Imhof said. “In addition, Ryder hiring managers value the inherent leadership qualities in military personnel that align with the company's focus on character, judgment, relationships, and results.”

Reinforcing its ongoing commitment to hire U.S. military veterans, in 2011, Ryder announced that it had joined the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Veterans Employment Advisory Council. The council was established as part of the U. S. Chamber's Hiring Our Heroes program, an initiative focused on enhancing collaboration between the public and private sectors to improve career opportunities for veterans.

“We are thankful for the extraordinary men and women who make tremendous sacrifices while serving our nation,” Imhof added. “We see great opportunities to support their transition back into the workforce by actively recruiting and filling open positions at Ryder with highly skilled military veterans.”