Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Talent Solutions Survey Results Now Available - Making the Grade: Where Talent Solution Providers Succeed (and Fail)


On June 7, Orion Talent released the results of its survey, Making the Grade: Where Talent Solution Providers Succeed (and Fail). The goal of the survey was to better understand what makes talent supplier relationships tick, whether it be speed of response, access to real-time metrics, or overall business alignment. Utilizing data from an online survey of 119 talent solution clients, the survey yielded some interesting results.

Perhaps most revealing was that more than two thirds of companies reported their business goals are aligned with talent solution providers at the start of engagements, but that alignment plummets to a D grade over time. On average, companies rate the alignment between their current talent programs and strategic business objectives a 69 out of 100. When asked how this misalignment could be improved, clients reveal their top three answers: metrics to show business impact and success, better communication with executive leadership, and recurring meetings with company leaders throughout the engagement.

“There is incredible opportunity for providers to elevate themselves as strategic business partners,” said Orion Talent CEO, Mike Starich. “Our survey reveals the client-provider relationship declines significantly as the engagement progresses. It starts off great, with more than two thirds of companies saying alignment is good or excellent. But over time, lack of communication and metrics that work for both sides deteriorate the partnership. Providers and clients must both revisit program goals and SLAs to manage program changes, and better communication between providers, HR, and executive leadership is essential.”

Our survey also revealed the following:

Top-ranked characteristics of A and B providers
Delivering quality of candidates (35 percent)
Meeting volume/scale of recruiting needs (21 percent)
Effective communication (18 percent)

Reasons providers fail
Companies say 35 percent of providers fail
Failure to reduce cost is the #1 reason for failure
Metrics holds the #2 spot, tied with failure to recruit passive candidates

But there is hope! More clients try to fix things with the provider than cut ties with them (47 percent vs. 40 percent). But these providers have a short window to prove their ROI—37 percent give their provider 1-3 months and 34 percent allow 4-6 months to prove success.

These are just few of the many meaningful insights from our survey. Click here to download our survey report.

Want to learn more about what this data means for you and how you can get actionable advice? Click here to watch “Why Staffing and Recruiting Relationships Fail – and How You Can Avoid It”, an HR.com webinar presented by Cory Kruse, President, Orion Novotus; and Malaika Kattke, Senior Human Resources Manager, Americas Region for QAD Inc.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

NEW WEBINAR - Why Staffing and Recruiting Relationships Fail – and How You Can Avoid It




In a recent survey on talent provider relationships, Orion Talent uncovered a surprising number of damaged and failed relationships. In conjunction with this survey, Orion presented a webinar on June 7 called “Why Staffing and Recruiting Relationships Fail – and How You Can Avoid It”. Along with Malaika Kattke, Senior Human Resources Manager, Americas Region for QAD Inc., Orion Novotus President Cory Kruse presents common factors that cause vendor relationships to succeed or fail, supported by recent survey data.

Low expectations abound, with scant few end clients giving their providers top grades.  From contingent staffing and MSP to perm placement and RPO, the story is the same:  few providers have risen to the level of strategic business partner.  This webinar offers two unique perspectives on building stronger relationships, from overcoming common roadblocks to incorporating performance metrics into strategic planning.

You'll find concrete steps HR Leaders and Professionals, Procurement Managers, and Hiring Managers can take to ensure they’re just as engaged and enthusiastic about their talent partnerships six months in as when they signed the contract.  Click
here to view the webinar and begin building better talent provider relationships today!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Why Staffing and Recruiting Relationships Fail – and How You Can Avoid It

webcast.JPG
Do your talent solution providers meet your expectations 100% of the time? If not, you’re not alone. In a recent survey on talent provider relationships, Orion Talent uncovered a surprising number of damaged and failed relationships.

Low expectations abound, with scant few end clients giving their providers top grades. From contingent staffing and MSP to perm placement and RPO, the story is the same:  few providers have risen to the level of strategic business partner.  Is this the new norm, or should you expect more from your talent partners?   
 
Join this interactive session to explore the factors that cause vendor relationships to succeed or fail, supported by survey data and real-life scenarios.  Some might surprise you, but we’ll also hit upon the usual suspects.

You don't want to miss today’s webinar at 11 am ET on Why Staffing and Recruiting Relationships Fail – and How You Can Avoid It.

In conjunction with Malaika Kattke, Senior Human Resources Manager, Americas Region for QAD Inc., Orion Novotus President Cory Kruse will present common factors that cause vendor relationships to succeed or fail, supported by recent survey data.


You'll get two unique perspectives on building stronger relationships, from overcoming common roadblocks to incorporating performance metrics into strategic planning.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Orion Then and Now - Podcast Miniseries

PAST-PRESENT-FUTURE.png
In celebration of our strategic move from Orion International to Orion Talent, we are taking a look back on our business over the past 26+ years. In this 3-part podcast miniseries, Maygan Ralston of Orion Talent talks to 3 influential people who have helped shape the company.

You will hear from these three influential guests; Bill Laughlin, one of Orion International’s Founders and current Board member; Orion Talent’s CEO, Mike Starich, and Cory Kruse, President of Orion Novotus (formerly Novotus).

First up, Bill Laughlin, one of Orion’s Founders, offers perspective on the military recruiting climate in 1991 and why he left a competing firm to start Orion International. Bill’s entrepreneurial spirit and passion for finding civilian careers for veterans is evident. After leaving Orion to pursue other business ventures, Bill remains an involved member of Orion’s Board of Directors. Listen to Bill Laughlin’s podcast here. (28:19)

Mike Starich, CEO of Orion Talent, was one of Orion’s first hires, as a Junior Military Officer Recruiter in 1992. His eagerness and outstanding track record as a Recruiter led to several promotions: Regional Manager, COO, President and now CEO. Mike talks about the early days of Orion International (before computers and the internet) and what he’s most looking forward to in the future of Orion Talent. Listen to the full podcast with Mike Starich here. (30:06)

Lastly, Cory Kruse, President of Orion Novotus, who has an impressive background in the recruiting industry and 15 years of knowledge and expertise on all things Talent Acquisition and RPO. Cory talks about his early days with Orion Novotus (formerly Novotus) and some of the funny, rewarding and challenging experiences along the way. Learn about Cory’s hopes  for the future of Orion Novotus. (31:38)

We hope you enjoy our miniseries podcast of the past, present and future of Orion International, now Orion Talent. If you have any questions about a specific show or recommendations for future topics, please send us an email at podcast@oriontalent.com.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Orion International Changes Name to Orion Talent, Expands Service Offerings


Orion International, a provider of skilled talent acquisition, recruitment optimization and military hiring to businesses nationwide, announced on Monday that the company will formally change its name to Orion Talent.

The name change reflects the company’s broadened commitment to provide clients with all the resources and technology they need to successfully manage their talent management strategies amid rapidly changing economic and workforce environments. From comprehensive Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) and targeted recruitment support services to project-based solutions and acquiring military talent, the company now offers a total range of talent solutions for key industries such as manufacturing, distribution, medical, energy, aerospace, engineering, semiconductor and technology.

Orion Talent was founded in 1991 as Orion International, with the mission to bring the energy, skills, and commitment abundant in military candidates to the greater marketplace. By 2007 it was the nation’s largest military recruitment firm. Now, after matching 40,000 Veterans with 7500+ employers, the company’s fundamental commitment to military recruiting remains its core, and an integral part of its growth strategy.  In January of 2016, Orion Talent acquired award-winning RPO firm Novotus (now Orion Novotus) to add recruitment optimization and outsourcing capabilities to its skilled talent acquisition service offerings.

“Our name change formalizes a strategic shift that has been in motion since our acquisition of Novotus in 2016 and more accurately reflects what we do today: Help job seekers and businesses of all sizes meet the changing complexities and realities of today’s employment and talent market,” explains Mike Starich, CEO of Orion Talent.

This change illustrates Orion Talent's continued and expanded commitment to providing a total talent solutions package: military hiring, skilled talent acquisition and recruitment process outsourcing. Click here to learn more about our suite of talent solutions.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

6 Advantages of Hiring Military Personnel Through Orion

Veterans have a great deal to offer to potential civilian employers, including qualities such as leadership, decision making, persistence, and attention to detail. However, for civilian employers, understanding what skills veterans have received formal training in, and will likely demonstrate on the job, can be challenging.  Military and civilian workplace cultures and languages can seem radically different from one another.

Orion is here to help bridge this translational gap between military and civilian skills and bring you the right military talent for your current and future workforce development needs.

Here are just 6 of the reasons to turn to Orion:

  1. Orion is the nation's largest military recruiting firm, and our network within the military is unmatched. We heavily invest in our recruiting tools and networks so that you do not have to. 98% of our candidates would recommend us to a friend or colleague, and 92% say that our services are better than our competitors.
  2. The quality of our veteran job seekers. Orion's Military Grade Talent represents 86% of transitioning Active Duty JMOs and 34% of Military Technicians and Technical NCOs separating from the military, and referrals are the #1 source of Military Candidates hired through Orion.
  3. Candidates you would not otherwise have access to. Nearly 2/3 of Orion hires are sourced via methods that cannot be bought or built without our proprietary access and years of networking effort. In fact, more than 1/2 of the military professionals hired through Orion do not have an online job seeker profile.
  4. Military Hiring Conferences and Distinguished Candidate Conferences. An Orion Hiring Conference is your chance to interview the best military job seekers, selected specifically for your open positions. You will be presented with prescreened, qualified and suitably matched veterans that are interested in your available opportunities.
  5. Orion is the ONLY military recruiting firm to offer Military Talent Programs. Orion is the only company to offer a full-cycle Military Talent Program that address all phases of the process, from candidate attraction and recruiting, through on-boarding, integration, and retention. Learn more about Military Talent Programs.
  6. Orion’s services are completely customized. While we offer a number of methods for candidate delivery, our specialty is creating a program unique to each of the organizations we support. At our expense we will visit your site and profile your needs, prior to creating a plan of action.

Let us help you with your Military hiring needs. Whether you need 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 Military Talent, Orion has the solution. To get started, contact us today.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Orion's Online Resources for Employers



There are many ways to utilize Orion's services to add Military Talent to your team. But even before you begin a relationship with us and begin recruiting, we invite you to explore our online presence. On our website, you'll find comprehensive information and resources that explain the process of hiring veterans, the different ways you can do it, and how veterans can fit into your company. Our social media presence is another way to get news, information, and tips on veterans in the civilian workplace. Have you checked out our digital resources?