|[July 31, 2014]
Frontier Communications Included in Vice President Biden's 'Ready to Work' Report
STAMFORD, Conn. --(Business Wire)--
Frontier Communications Corporation (NASDAQ:FTR) was included in Vice
President Joe Biden's new report, Ready
to Work: Job-Driven Training and American Opportunity.
The report is the result of a request by President Obama during his 2014
State of the Union Address.
Frontier is among the companies that signed onto the White House Best
Practices on Recruiting and Hiring the Long-Term Unemployed in January
2014. The Vice President's report included the following about a
Frontier Best Practice:
Frontier has formally committed to giving the long-term unemployed a
better chance at a good job by adopting best practices on recruiting and
hiring. However, years before its CEO signed the Best Practices Pledge,
Frontier was alert to eliminating hiring screens, such as credit checks,
that could inadvertently disadvantage the long-term unemployed. Removing
the credit checks had no negative effect, a fact the company recently
proved by reviewing hires who would have been "screened out" had a
credit check policy been in place. Looking at 30 hires, 95 percent of
those hired would have failed a credit check. This talent would have
been lost due to a screen with no bearing on a position's job
qualifications or the applicant's performance. The ripple effect of a
"do not hire" decision significantly and negatively affects an
applicant's (and his/her famil's) housing, health insurance,
self-respect, and more. Frontier is a better company for having a
talented and dedicated new employee.
Since signing the Best Practices Pledge, Frontier has implemented other
steps to make their hiring process more accessible and user-friendly.
For example, video interviewing is now common (in person interviews are
an option) and has made the hiring process more accessible to those with
physical challenges. Video interviews are especially helpful for
customer service jobs, allowing the off-site interviewer/hiring manager
to appreciate "soft" competencies not apparent from a resume. Interviews
with applicants having high levels of these competencies can result in
job offers, demonstrating that a resume showing wide gaps in employment
is not an indicator of a candidate's overall abilities. The success of
video interviewing has expanded hiring pools; hiring managers see it as
a positive development and it is appreciated by applicants who might not
be able to travel easily, for whatever reason, to an interview site.
Frontier Communications is now a member of Platform to Employment, a
nationally-recognized program to help long-term unemployed workers get
back to work. The Company plans to use Platform to Employment for more
hires in 2014. In addition, in June 2014, Frontier's Vice President of
Talent Acquisition and Development was appointed to the board of The
Cecilia K. McKenney, Executive Vice President of Human Resources and
Administrative Services for Frontier, notes, "Frontier is committed to
creating `upskill' opportunities for American workers and employers. For
example, our relationship with the Bridgeport-based organization The
WorkPlace, one of five Workforce Development Boards in Connecticut, is a
great way to prepare people for careers while strengthening the
workforce for employers."
Frontier has been recognized for its commitment to hiring military
veterans and reservists and was named a 2014 `Top 100' Military
Friendly Employer. The company is an active member of the White House
initiative Joining Forces, the Military Spouse Employment Partnership
Act, Honor and Remember, and numerous state and local programs designed
to increase hiring of unemployed veterans and reservists and their
family members. More information is available at this Frontier Careers website.
About Frontier Communications
Frontier Communications Corporation (NASDAQ:FTR) offers broadband,
voice, satellite video, wireless Internet data access, data security
solutions, bundled offerings and specialized bundles for residential
customers, small businesses and home offices, and advanced
communications for medium and large businesses in 27 states. Frontier's
approximately 13,700 employees are based entirely in the United States.
More information is available at www.frontier.com.
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