Friday, September 26, 2014

Orion Featured Employer Whirlpool Corporation Highlighted in GI Jobs Article on Retail Industry

In his August 2014 GI Jobs article, Industry Intel: Surprising Retail Careers, Marty Levine interviews Ellen Davis, senior vice president of the National Retail Federation (NRF), who describes a robust career field.  Davis explains: “Retail is a fantastic career opportunity. First of all, it’s big – there are a ton of opportunities. You can work in retail in your hometown. You can travel around the world with retail. The biggest tip I would give a veteran is that this is an industry that really offers career opportunities.” That includes careers in IT and cyber security, logistics, and operations.

Featured in the article is Whirlpool, the world's leading global manufacturer and marketer of major home appliances. Whirlpool is also an Orion International Featured Employer, having distinguished themselves by their commitment to hiring veterans. Whirlpool’s top careers for Veterans, as listed in the article include Engineering/Project Management, Procurement, Information Technology/Global Information Systems, Production Management, and Logistics. Orion is currently recruiting veterans for engineering and technician positions with Whirlpool.

In addition to hiring veterans, Whirlpool also supports them on the job through their Whirlpool Veterans Association (WVA), a group welcoming all Whirlpool employees interested in recognizing and supporting their veteran colleagues. The group supports community events, advocates veteran recruiting, provides on-boarding support for veterans and their families, and even hosts social events. To learn more about how Whirlpool recruits and supports the veterans they hire, click here.

Kimberly Fry, senior manager for talent acquisition at Whirlpool, tells Levine, “We’ve found veterans to be outstanding talent. Our biggest challenge is finding roles that are big enough for them – which is a great problem to have. What I found is that the background of the military is so diverse that I can place the veterans anywhere in our organization and we’ll be confident in their performance – from hourly to the top and everywhere in between.”

Due to the diversity of available positions in Retail, Davis points out that veterans are going to find tremendous opportunity in areas where they already have experience in the military, be it logistics, security, management, or even IT. “Forty-four percent of retail jobs have nothing to with being in a sales role,” she says. Salaries can vary greatly by position but, according to Davis, Retail is one of the few “meritocracies” left, with many people in retail bringing home $100,000+.

Ultimately, Levine illustrates that Retail is more than just being a cashier and that those who are cashiers have a shot at working their way up the chain into management. He also points out that the breadth of experience veterans have makes them a great fit for this huge, diverse industry.

To learn how your company can become an Orion Featured Employer like Whirlpool through a full-cycle customized Military Talent Program, please click here

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

5K Warrior Run Austin Office Race

Orion’s second 5K race of the season for the Veteran Low to High Challenge was held on Saturday, September 13th in Austin, TX. The Austin Office’s Veteran Low to High Challenge – 5K Warrior Run had some struggles to contend with, including a weather report of light rain, high winds, and temperatures in the 60’s, and a very saturated market in terms of races, but was still able to pull off a fantastic event.

The office kept a positive attitude and pulled together as a team to raise $3,583.62 for our partner non-profit Veteran organizations, with more donations coming in this week! In all, 178 runners registered for the event!








Some highlights include the Kids K race, which was a fun event for all participants and spectators, organized race teams from sponsors Freescale Semiconductor and Bench Tree, and the recognition of SGT Villarreal, a reminder of why Orion has contributed so much effort to launch the Veteran Low to High Challenge and raise funds for our partner non-profit Veteran organizations.




Perhaps one of the best parts of the race was Orion’s own Emily Castro, who won the 5K overall and absolutely blew everyone out of the water with a time of 19 minutes! Way to go, Emily!


The Austin office and the rest of the Orion team would like to extend a big THANK YOU to the sponsors of the Veteran Low to High Challenge – 5K Warrior Run, including Freescale Semiconductor, McDermott, Bench Tree, Pok-e-Jo’s, CLiF Kid, Alamo Drafthouse, Dunkin Donuts, Embassy Suites – Energy Corridor, H-E-B, Sir Speedy, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Central Texas, and especially to Boca and Uncle Louie G’s Italian Ices and Ice Cream, who despite poor sales due to the weather, are still planning on sending in a flat donation.

It is our goal to raise $100K+ for our partner Veterans Organizations through the Veteran Low to High Challenge and through 5K Run / Walk Races in each of the cities in which we have an Orion office - Austin, TX; Cincinnati, OH; Raleigh, NC; Virginia Beach, VA; and San Diego, CA.

The next 5K race to help support our Veteran non-profit organizations will be held on November 8 in San Diego, CA.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Go The Extra Mile For The Vets 5K Cincinnati Office Race

The Cincinnati office's Go The Extra Mile For The Vets 5K race for the Veteran Low to High Challenge was held on Saturday, September 6th with tremendous success! Even with the threat of rain, 209 runners showed up for the event. The office is projecting a total of $13,498 for charity, with an extra $1000 from a private donation, bringing the total up to $14,498. The office will likely hit 145 percent of their fundraising goal once things are finalized, a phenomenal feat!














After the race, Orion Recruiter Todd Phillips had the honor to meet Jesse Bier, a USMC Combat Veteran who was suffering from PTSD and was helped by one of our Veteran non-profit charities, Warrior Hike. He attributes his ability to get his life back in order to his experience hiking the Appalachian Trail with Warrior Hike. He now works with an organization called Battle Buddies, helping to connect Veterans with PTSD with guide dogs. Jesse will be leading a hike for Warrior Hike next year. Jesse's story is a great, personal reminder of why Orion launched the Low to High Challenge to help Veterans through our partner non-profit Veteran organizations.



A huge THANK YOU to the sponsors that contributed to event, including TiER One, Mojo Running, Johnson Orthodontics, Dingle House, Whole Foods Market, acxiom, Siesta Key Posse, Towne Centre Square, R.E. Middleton Construction LLC, Eldridge Roofing, Union Center Merchants Association, YELTON Fine Jewelers, LYKINS Energy Solutions, and Mother Teresa Catholic Elementary School!

It is our goal to raise $100K+ for our partner Veterans Organizations through the Veteran Low to High Challenge and through 5K Run / Walk Races in each of the cities in which we have an Orion office - Austin, TX; Cincinnati, OH; Raleigh, NC; Virginia Beach, VA; and San Diego, CA.

The next 5K race to help support our Veteran non-profit organizations will be held Saturday, September 20th in Raleigh, NC.

Learn more about the Veteran Low to High Challenge at www.VeteranLowtoHighChallenge.com

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

29 Questions Every Hiring Manager Should Ask Veterans


Many managers have a standard set of interview questions they use when hiring a new team member. And while these tried-and-true questions certainly have a place in an interview, hiring managers may want to incorporate some additional questions when interviewing veterans. Veterans bring a unique skill set and set of experiences that may best be understood through questions that go beyond "Name three weaknesses." These questions will help managers glean how a veteran's military experience translates into civilian qualifications.

Below is a list of interview questions hiring managers interested in hiring veterans may want to add to their repertoire. These examples will help give you a solid idea of how a prospective employee's military experience pertains to the work for which you are hiring, even though you may not understand all the military nuances.
  • Describe a time that you have:
    • Failed
    • took a risk
    • handled conflict
    • led a team through a challenging situation
    • demonstrated creativity
    • took initiative
    • worked without a lot of direction
    • sold an idea to another individual
    • set a goal for yourself, and the steps you took to achieve it
    • experienced your greatest failure/made a mistake
    • experienced your greatest achievement?
  • Who is your favorite leader and why? How did they handle conflict?
  • Have you ever had a mentor? If so, what did he or she do for you?
  • How would you characterize your leadership style?
  • Describe a time when you had to deal with a poor performer.
  • Describe a situation in life where your request or demand was rejected. How did it feel? What did you do?
  • Describe an experience in which you felt you gained something because you persisted and saw it through to success.
  • Define stress. How do you relieve stress?
  • Define pressure. How do you relieve pressure? Is pressure different from stress?
  • Do you prefer to work alone or with others? Why?
  • Would you prefer to follow the rules or make the rules?
  • What has been the toughest decision you ever had to make?
  • What is the most difficult aspect of your military career?
  • Why have you been successful in the past?
  • Under what conditions do you work best?
  • What do you consider your most significant achievement?
  • What is the most stressful situation you have encountered in your military career? How did you handle it?
  • What are the two toughest decisions you have had to make? Which was the best/worst decision?                      
  • What is the most important thing you learned from your last job?
Interview questions like these can help bridge the gap between civilian hiring manager and veteran and illustrate just how valuable an employee you have to gain. For more information on best practices, strategies, and techniques for hiring veterans, click here. 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

EMCOR Group Partners with Orion International to Bring Careers to Veterans

EMCOR Group, a leader in mechanical and electrical construction, industrial and energy infrastructure, and building services, has partnered with Orion International, the nation’s largest military career placement firm, to offer jobs to Military Officers and Technicians in its search for great talent.

EMCOR is a Fortune 500 company with over 28,000 skilled employees, who have made the company, in the eyes of leading business publications, among the “World’s Most Admired” and the “Best Managed.” EMCOR represents a rare combination of broad reach with local execution, combining the strength of an industry leader with the knowledge and care of 170+ locations.

EMCOR has a strong commitment to the men and women that protect our country and it recognizes the value of leadership and technical skills military candidates have to offer. EMCOR has a long history of Veteran employees, including current President and CEO Tony Guzzi, a West Point graduate and Army Officer.

Orion’s has 23 years of experience in helping organizations like EMCOR to attract, hire, develop and retain top quality Military Talent. Whether your company needs to quickly ramp up hiring for project based needs, are looking for a company-wide coordinated Military Talent strategy, or are seeking to fill just a few positions with the right Veterans, Orion has the solution. Learn more about Orion's Military Recruiting Services.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

GI Jobs Article on Operations Management Features Orion Alumnus at Polaris

A June 2014 article in GI Jobs by Sarah Hodon focuses on Operations Manager careers and why they are such an excellent transition for veterans. Careers in Operations Management span all industries and ensure that the company "keep[s] their businesses running, with the right people doing the right jobs with the right equipment while delivering their products or services on time and at the right price."

Polaris, maker of off-road vehicles, including ATVs, motorcycles, and snowmobiles, is among the companies leveraging veteran talent among their ranks. “Our operations managers can support any piece of the company. Right now were filling a lot of these positions in our international groups, corporate procurement, sales and service, and the manufacturing side, where theyre focusing on things like lean," explains Amy Fossum, Staffing Manager at Polaris. She goes on to tell Hodon that Polaris hires veterans because they know how to lead, how to plan and conduct training, and they're adventurous.

The article points out that not only does this career field offer great advancement opportunities and responsibility, but also excellent pay making it a great option for veterans. Hodon cites payscale.com stating that the average pay for operations managers in the U.S. is $80,339, and the top pay potential is well over $100,000.

In addition to exploring what this career entails, the article also profiles veterans from various companies, including Orion alumnus Harrison Drapo, supervisor at Polaris. Drapo was hired by Polaris through Orion in November 2013. An Army Captain with five years of service, he describes his typical day as "mak[ing] sure the employees are happy, productive and keeping everything on track."

Dalton Pierce, Director of Operations for Polaris’ Roseau, MN, manufacturing facility, explains that while military experience might help to set a veteran apart from other candidates or get the job, veterans should expect a learning curve. “Veterans are going to be looking at starting out behind their peers from an age group standpoint because theyve spent the last three to four years defending their country, while their peers spent three to four years learning manufacturing,” Pierce states, “But in my experience, vets quickly outpace the typical college graduate."

Careers in Operations Management a great match for veterans and offer great advancement, salary, and a diversity of responsibilities that make them attractive to veterans. To read about the success other veterans in this field are experiencing, read Hodon's article. And to learn how your company can hire military talent for operations positions,  please click here.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Whirlpool Corporation Partners with Orion International to Hire Veterans

Whirlpool Corporation has partnered with Orion International, the world’s largest military recruiting firm, to utilize their Military Talent Program (MTP) to be its provider of military recruiting, training, employment brand marketing, and retention services.

Recognizing the benefit of hiring veterans, Whirlpool Corporation launched the Whirlpool Veterans Association (WVA) in 2011, a group welcoming all Whirlpool employees interested in recognizing and supporting their veteran colleagues. The group supports community events, advocates veteran recruiting, provides on-boarding support for veterans and their families, and even hosts social events.

The Association has five chapters nationwide, with three more Whirlpool locations in the process of forming chapters. Through this Association, Whirlpool selects employees who had served in the military to represent the company at hiring fairs to collect resumes of Veterans.

With the help of Orion International, Whirlpool is able to more successfully reach former military professionals. Working alongside the WVA, Orion International reviews resumes, interviews applicants to understand their background and experience, and advises Veterans on how to create resumes that are civilian-friendly to hiring managers.

Since the partnership, Orion International has held six on-site and virtual training sessions for hiring managers at Whirlpool to help them identify and match military training to Whirlpool job openings and fit the corporation’s culture with the culture of the branches of service. Kimberly Fry, Whirlpool’s Senior Manager of Talent Acquisition, says this training is significantly helpful, as “unless someone sits down with them for a couple hours,” hiring managers tend to have difficulty identifying these similarities.

"Because of the WVA initiative and partnership with Orion International, Whirlpool is steadily adding Veterans to its executive ranks," said Robert Lemyre, Vice President of Purchasing and Global Operations at Whirlpool. Since the inception of the WVA, the corporation has hired seven Veterans in executive roles, with a goal of adding 22 Veterans as professionals this year with the help of their continued partnership with Orion International.

Orion’s has 23 years of experience in  helping organizations to attract, hire, develop and retain top quality Military Talent. Whether your company needs to quickly ramp up hiring for project based needs, are looking for a company-wide coordinated Military Talent strategy, or are seeking to fill just a few positions with the right Veterans, Orion has the solution. Learn more about Orion's Military Recruiting Services.

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